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  • Duality of being an Airman

    Duality of Airmanship is really about putting an emphasis on the idea that Profession of Arms (Airmanship) is equal in importance to an Air Force Specialty Code. In other words, Profession of Arms = AFSC. The development of each must be at least parallel, versus the AFSC being the primary emphasis, as it often is outside of set Professional Military Education requirements.
  • Innovating into the Wild Blue Yonder

    Every Airman, across every career field, is responsible for driving airpower. The time is now for Airmen to accelerate change and innovate within their work centers.

    I have concluded that we were put on this earth for a purpose. That purpose is to make it, within our capabilities, a better place in which to live.– General James "Jimmy" DoolittleHeroes of the Air Force Reserve:Like many of you, I watched events unfold in Afghanistan with a flood of emotions. I thought back to Iraq, when a vehicle-borne
  • Lessons in Risk Management

    If you are anything like me, when you hear the word ‘safety’, you likely have something that immediately comes to mind. When I was a child, being safe was following a ‘Walk, Don’t Run’ sign at the local pool. As I started driving, fastening my seat belt as I got into the car was my conscious contribution to being safe. As I transitioned into the military, I started relating safety with wearing a reflective belt (at night, and in periods of reduced visibility).
  • Fostering a Culture of Excellence and a Winning Mindset

    Many of us have been given a project or duty that is inherently an uphill battle. We look at the situation and it is almost impossible to not be discouraged by the daunting tasks that lay ahead. It is in this moment we all have two choices in front of us; we can embrace this challenge with our hearts and minds focused on success…or we can quit, give up, or only put in a half effort, all of which can be considered the same tactic. How do we strive to make the first choice? Maybe the better question is, how do we get others to make that choice? 
  • Staying connected and developing a culture of caring

    Many of us are or have struggled with personal issues, mental health problems, COVID-19 stress, financial strain, work strain, family strain, or have dealt with losing a friend, fellow Airman or family member to suicide. We may feel like we have lost those connections that make us feel whole. We all strive for connectedness and belonging; we simply desire to know someone cares and that we are acknowledged as being important and impactful.
  • Historical look back at Afghanistan

    Like so many of you, I woke up this week (August 15-18) reading the news, a horror and sadness settling into my stomach. Kabul has fallen to Taliban forces. Afghans fleeing for their lives, a resurge of terror and violence. Afghan interpreters to U.S. and Coalition forces, immediately targeted by the Taliban, desperately trying to flee the country
  • Sacrifices Made

    We all see it, we all know it, but we don’t always recognize it. What I am talking about is the great sacrifice our families make for our ability to serve. The importance of this sacrifice cannot be understated. The military life is unique in the fact that the whole family sacrifices for the member or members to serve their country. Just this week I spoke with two families that have deployed spouses. One missed all the birthdays and multiple hospital trips for their children, and the other missed the birth of his third son. While the military member makes sacrifices to serve, our families also give up a lot to support us, and this life of service can take a beating on them physically and emotionally. Our nation is grateful for the continued sacrifices of our military, but sometimes what our families go through goes mostly unnoticed.

    The past 18 months have been taxing on each of us in unique ways. The pandemic and the frequent isolation associated with safety measures gave many of us time to reflect. With travel restricted and gatherings limited, I personally began to reassess my priorities and the choices I made along my own journey. As we start to resume some semblance of normalcy in our everyday lives, I want to capture some of those thoughts.
  • Airmen are people too

    The best superhero movies are the ones where we see how they're people too, just like us. Well, Airmen - the brave women and men who protect our nation - are our nation's superheroes. And they’re people, too. But how can we make people feel like people in a mission-oriented environment? This is the type of question our leadership thinks about and sometimes turns to the Chaplain Corps as “subject matter experts.” But I don’t always have all the answers. Sometimes, I just have observations. So here are three observations for how we can collectively contribute to being the answer to this question.