Lead people effectively, not efficiently

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. — A good test of leadership is how your team reacts to a fire drill. In the moment...

Compassion in moment provides healing to others

Trauma is a part of life. This is the adage of Trauma Specialist Peter Levine, who reminds us that most of us have experienced...

Eyewitness to tragedy; how to deal

Tragedy is a part of life. But what can make or break an individual is how they deal with such tragedies. I grew up in...

Suicide: Watch out for your wingman

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — Six thousand seventy-nine. That’s the number of veteran suicides for 2016, the most recent year reported. In some ways...

Rosie the Riveter and me

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published March 18, 2015. WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. — As we recognize Women’s History Month this March, I...

Stigmatize ‘rape culture’ by pursuing healthy dialogue

Editor’s note: This commentary focuses on the perpetuation of rape culture from one Airman’s perspective and offers recommendations on how to improve upon this...

‘Lean forward’ to make a difference

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published on Jan. 9, 2013. THULE AIR BASE, Greenland — How many times have you heard a soccer, baseball...

Does distance truly make heart grow fonder?

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published on Feb. 11, 2013. SOUTHWEST ASIA —  At home, I can barely get him to buy me a...

New Year’s Resolution: Read about the past for the future

It’s a common refrain today: People don’t read anymore. Gone, it seems, are the days of printed newspapers, as subscriptions have steadily declined and many...

Eyes wide open: The time we saved a life

F. E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. — As Airmen, we are constantly preparing to be ready for the worst days of our lives....

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