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  • Random acts of kindness know no season

    The Holidays are over, that glorious time of celebration, family and the season of giving.There is no other time of year that brings us the simple joy of giving, reaching out to loved ones, friends, and even to strangers. Who among us can resist the call of the bell ringer, standing in the cold beside the kettle of donations, the gentle reminder
  • Be a courageous Wingman

    In the 27 years I've been a part of the Air Force, I've unfortunately seen many friends, co-workers, and subordinates make criminal mistakes that damaged their own careers and sometimes the lives of others. In each of those cases, I would think, "Did that person have a wingman and if so, what was that wingman doing?"The term "wingman" is used so
  • My choice, my story, my pledge

    As we prepare to kick-off this year's Combined Federal Campaign, think about the local charities and the services they provide. Think of the families who utilize those services. My family was one of them.My father was diagnosed with cancer when I was in junior high school. As a child it was hard to watch my hero wrecked by such a devastating
  • The journey to forgiveness is a worthwhile path

     In a comedy sketch, Bill Cosby tells a story where his daughter did something she knew she wasn't supposed to do--when he confronted the child, "why did you do that?" the child answered, "I don't know!"  It's not just children.  Author Donald Antrim wrote, "Human beings in stressful relationships will frequently behave in ways that contradict or
  • Every Airman has a role in preventing sexual assault

    Sexual assault is a crime and impacts the very trust and respect that is integral to our profession. For our Air Force to be successful, we must trust each other. All it takes is one incident of assault to break that bond of trust, but it takes all of us to work together to solve the issue.In the past we've emphasized the importance of treating
  • Why?

    Why do I need suicide prevention training? I know for certain I am not going to commit suicide. Why do I need sexual assault and prevention training repeatedly? I am confident I will not harass a fellow member, especially one of my troops, or find myself at a party as portrayed in the vignettes in the training. Why did I have to have eight hours of
  • SAPR: More than an Air Force Acronym

    As an Airman and a senior leader in the Air Force Reserve, I've seen firsthand the devastating impacts of sexual assault on an Air Force organization. Regardless of your unit or military status, Active or Reserve, no one is immune to these impacts nor absolved of their responsibility to combat the instances of sexual assault that continue to
  • Safety - it’s worth a second thought

    CAVALIER AFS, North Dakota -- Safety is a topic we talk about often, and with the busy summer season upon us, we'll hear about it even more. We all know it's important, but when you hear safety messages over and over, it's easy for them to go in one ear and out the other. Everyone knows to be safe, right? Why give it a second thought when (we
  • Experience key to tackling challenges

    A common theme across the Air Force today is efficiency. We are consistently trying to improve operations while saving money and manpower while maintaining our role as the world's greatest Air Force. Throughout the past year, I have had the privilege of working on an efficiency that has never happened in the Air Force - consolidating three
  • Honoring our military children

    In 1986, Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger designated each April as "The Month of the Military Child." The purpose of the month is to reach out and recognize the contributions that military children make as they support their parent, or parents, in service to our country. Accordingly, at military installations serving all branches of