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  • Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates history and culture

    The United States military has a remarkable history of Hispanic men and women who have served eagerly and proudly to defend our nation and its people.
  • Transitions: Reserve helps Airman find balance she craves

    As I sat in the lobby of the military personnel section at Travis Air Force Base, California, waiting for my active duty career to wrap up, my mind was filled with competing emotions.On one side, there was disappointment in myself for not continuing with my career. The Air Force had provided me with a foundation of success: a college education,
  • Lessons from failure

    Thirty-two. Thirty-three. Thirty-four. Thirty-five -- time’s up. Somewhere in Texas a senior airman failed his fitness test. He couldn’t complete the minimum requirement for abdominal crunches.Dragging himself back to his car, ashamed and furious with himself, he realized that he was now one of those Airmen he looked down on for failing their

    During a recent Suppression of Enemy Air Defense (SEAD) mission with the 79th Fighter Squadron Tigers, the flight lead’s overall objective for the mission - written on the top of his briefing boards - was to “Win.” We also see the word Win in our Commander’s Intent when we say that we must Win the Current Fight and be Ready to Win the Next Fight.We
  • Remembering MLK: Leadership traits and experiences applicable to today's military --

    On the third Monday of January each year, as we -- Air Force members -- civilian and military -- reflect on and celebrate the world-changing movements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we are reminded of how much of Dr. King's message mirrors our three core values: integrity first, service before self, excellence in all we do.Integrity First --
  • Balancing fair and equal

    The fundamental goal of a Command Team should be to establish an organizational climate that is balanced with both fair and equal treatment of all its members. This just climate enables morale to grow and it starts with Airmen understanding the balance between fair treatment and equal treatment. Fair is often not equal treatment, but rather giving
  • The elephant in the room

    Chaplain addresses talking religion in the workplace
  • The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

    While the song certainly refers to special and meaningful parts of most typical Christmases, it can sometimes be a little different for those of us serving in the military. Sometimes we are able to take leave and travel home to spend time with family and friends or have them travel to wherever we are stationed to spend the holidays with us. When we have those opportunities, we are truly blessed and should be thankful that we have the chance to be together and reminisce about “the glories of Christmases long, long ago,” as the famous song also reminds.
  • December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

    Drunk and drugged driving is a deadly epidemic, yet it still continues across the United States.  In addition to the human toll, drunk driving takes a toll on our country. The financial impact is devastating, based on 2010 numbers, the most recent year for which cost data is available, impaired driving crashes cost the United States $44 billion
  • Have a wingman during the holidays

    The wingman concept is especially important during the holiday season.