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                             Chaplain’s thoughts ...                                                   Air Force Global Strike flyover to
                                                                                                       support Super Bowl 55 in Tampa
     Hope in hard times                              of life. And, notice, we’re not alone in this refuge. Instead,
                                                     the writer reminds us that God is with us in the midst
                                                     of whatever difficult times we may be facing. We’re not   SeCReTARY oF The AiR FoRCe
                            by Chaplain, Lt. Col.    expected to go through life alone, or by our own strength.
                             R. “JohN” BoYeR         Rather, God has made us to be relational beings — to be              Public Affairs
                              56th Fighter Wing Chaplain  in community with one another, and to go through life   ARLiNGToN, Va. — Three different Air Force Global
                                                     together. God is beside us in the journey — right next to   Strike Command bombers will conduct a first-of-its-kind
                             There’s no doubt 2020 was   us providing strength when we feel like our strength is   trifecta flyover during the National Anthem performance at
                           a very difficult year for many   gone. This image of God providing us strength, reminds   the 55th Super Bowl, Feb. 7, over Raymond James Stadium
                           around our world.  Whether   me of a treasured poem that has uplifted many over the   in Tampa, Florida.
                           we realize it or not, our sens-  years, “Footprints” (author unknown):        “Supporting this event is a tremendous honor for our com-
                           es have been overwhelmed    One night I dreamed a dream. I was walking along   mand and the U.S. Air Force,” said Gen. Tim Ray, AFGSC
                           by so much: a global pan-  the beach with my Lord. Across the dark sky flashed   commander. “We look forward to this opportunity to show-
                           demic, quarantines,  face-  scenes from my life. For each scene, I noticed two sets   case the reliability, flexibility and precision of our bomber
                           masks, nation-wide protests,
               Courtesy photo                        of footprints in the sand, one belonging to me and one   fleet to the nation during this exciting event.”
                           unrest, and injustice. I know   to my Lord. After the last scene of my life flashed before
     I’m not the only one to welcome 2021 with open arms!   me, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed   The bomber flyover, will feature:
     Going through so many challenges, we can sometimes be   that at many times along the path of my life, especially   • B-1B Lancer from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota
     tempted to lose hope, and start to wonder if there’s any   at the very lowest and saddest times, there was only   • B-2 Spirit from Whiteman AFB, Missouri
                                                                                                       • B-52 Stratofortress from Minot AFB, North Dakota
     light to be found in our world. When I go through difficult   one set of footprints.                The aircraft will take off for the Super Bowl LV flyover
     times, I find hope in some awesome and uplifting words   This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about   from their respective bases, join up for the flyover, and
     shared long ago by a fellow traveler in this life. They   it. “Lord, you said once I decided to follow you, you’d   return to base following the event, demonstrating the
     also encountered hardships and dark times — yet look   be with me all the way. But I noticed that during the   flexibility of AFGSC’s bombers and their ability to deploy
     where this person draws their hope from. They write,   saddest and most troublesome times of my life, there   anywhere in the world from the continental United States.
     “God is our refuge and strength, always there with us in   was only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why,   The U.S. Air Force performs close to 1,000 flyovers a
     our troubles. So we don’t need to fear, even if the earth   when I needed You the most, You would leave me.” God   year, which serves as a way to showcase the capabilities
     gives way and the mountains fall into the depth of the   whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never   of its aircraft while also inspiring patriotism and future
     seas … God will be there” (Psalm 46:1-2). Now, before you   leave you! When you saw only one set of footprints, it   generations of aviation enthusiasts. These flyovers are
     just gloss over those words, instead, repeat them again.   was then that I carried you.”          done at no additional cost to the taxpayer and serve as
     Pause on them for second, and meditate on them. The   For more information about Luke AFB Chaplain Corps   time-over-target training for our pilots, aircrew and ground
     writer says God is our refuge and strength. A refuge is   programs and events, like us on Facebook at Luke AFB   control teams.
     a place we can turn to when we need protection, safety   Chapel. Feeling like you need to talk? Give us a call at   Digital content for Super Bowl LIV flyover can be found:
     and comfort — a shelter from the storms and darkness   623-856-6211.                      
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