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  • Juneteenth: A celebration of one of America’s greatest triumphs

    Signed into law as a federal holiday in 2021, Juneteenth, sometimes referred to as Emancipation Day, has a long tradition as a cultural holiday amongst black Americans. The holiday officially commemorates the occasion of the last American slaves being set free in 1865 in Texas, following the Civil

  • Duke Kahanamoku - Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage

    This May is Asian American and Pacific Islander cultural heritage month, chosen to commemorate the first Japanese immigrants to arrive on May 7, 1843, as well as the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, where Chinese immigrants made up the vast majority of the workforce who

  • Seeking feedback

    Concepts like transparency, feedback and vulnerability are common throughout leadership books, articles, discussions and courses. Although these concepts are all extremely important, they are meaningless without context. For instance, many will state that vulnerability is fundamental to leadership

  • Women's History Month: 99s Fly-In

    March 2022 represents the 35th iteration of National Women’s History Month. Women have made their mark in every major career field and occupation on earth, aviation included.  Let’s take a look into one of the most unique organizations you will ever hear about.  They are called the “Ninety-Nines”. 

  • Healthy Relationships Improve Social Fitness and Readiness

    Building healthy relationships strengthens your social fitness. There is not a “one size fits all” when it comes to defining a healthy relationship. Your perspective, values and deal breakers change as you age. A relationship that made you happy in your 20s may not look anything like what you want

  • 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,

  • 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

  • BACK TO NORMAL-ISH

    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

  • Attitude is everything

    There is a great quote by Charles R. Swindoll that states “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it”. This quote has resonated with me as I look back at my 20-year career.