Commentary

‘I really shouldn’t be here’

Posted July 6, 2018 by by Capt. DAVID LIAPIS

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published Jan. 31, 2015. FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — A couple of feet and a half a second. These may seem like insignificant measurements; but when combined with fatigue, a couple of feet almost cost me my career, and that half a second almost ended my life. There…

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Don’t underestimate importance of sacrifices

Posted July 6, 2018 by by Chief Master Sgt. MATTHEW LUSSON

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published Feb. 19, 2015. MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. —  As I was reviewing some enlisted performance reports and decorations today, I started contemplating a huge event in my life that occurred almost 20 years ago. In April of 1995, I asked my then girlfriend Tiffani, a fellow Airman…

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Exposing invisible wounds: a personal story about PTSD and healing

Posted June 27, 2018 by Capt. Mary Hook

Tech. Sgt. Joshua Brooks landed at Balad Air Base, Iraq, for the first time in January 2010. An airman 1st class at the time, Brooks was eager to be on his first deployment for the Air Force. “I was so excited about going. I was really blue early in my career–really blue,” Brooks said. Brooks,…

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OTS: ‘The assignment I never knew I needed’

Posted June 1, 2018 by by Capt. JOSHUA GOERSS

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — Sometimes there are things in life that happen to you that are so unexpected you fail to comprehend their inherent value. Such was the case for me in my assignment to Officer Training School. OTS was an assignment I was not expecting and had entirely no interest in. However,…

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Lupus: An invisible autoimmune disease

Posted June 1, 2018 by by Staff Sgt. OLIVIA DOMINIQUE

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — “You don’t look sick.” If I had a penny for every time I heard that statement, I would be a millionaire! But, I am sick. I have Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, an autoimmune disease, which mistakenly attacks healthy tissues. It can affect the skin, joints, brain and other organs. In…

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Commentary

Marvel’s Black Panther sets tone for leaders

Posted May 4, 2018 by by Col. CHERIE ROFF

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. — My family and I had movie night a couple of weeks ago, and as I was watching, I was immediately struck by the leadership modeling prevalent in the movie. For years, Air Force Professional Military Education has had leaders watch the movie “Twelve O’Clock High” as a portrayal of leadership…

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Officer believes in ‘high-touch’ leadership

Posted May 4, 2018 by by Lt. Col. CHRIS CARNDUFF

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. ­— Technology has revolutionized our lives and the Air Force. Our high-tech culture and military are capable of unprecedented effectiveness and agility due to the speed of communication. In many facets of our personal and professional lives, technology gives us the ability to communicate rapidly and accomplish a variety of tasks…

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Technology helps overcome deployment challenges

Posted April 6, 2018 by by Tech. Sgt. JAMES HODGMAN

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. ­­— Military life is not easy. The men and women who serve in our armed forces protect our freedoms and way of life. They make tremendous sacrifices along with their families in service to our country. Service members often have to endure times of separation from their loved ones, from…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Michael S. Murphy)
Commentary

Hearts of strength

Posted April 6, 2018 by Story and photo by Airman Michael Murphy

She heard the dull and tiresome beep from a heart monitor as she lay in a dark hospital room March 12, 2014, in the Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Alabama. Light cut into the room as the door opened and a doctor walked in, waking her and her husband, Kyle Kramer. The doctor informed…

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Move or die: Why speed matters, how troops can get faster

Posted March 2, 2018 by by Army Maj. NICK BARRINGER

Editor’s note: The following is an opinion piece. The writer’s views expressed here do not represent those of the Defense Department. An enemy soldier scans the horizon. He notices a flash of movement in front of him. He quickly aims at his target and sends 120 grains of lead flying toward it at more than…

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