Commentary

Eyewitness to tragedy; how to deal

Posted April 5, 2019 by by Airman 1st Class ZOIE RIDER

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 a very small, rural town where you either knew every person or at least knew of them. Dull, flickering street lamps illuminate the streets and the taverns are filled with…

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Suicide: Watch out for your wingman

Posted April 5, 2019 by by Col. (Dr.) BRUCE NEELY

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 it’s just a random number and hard to put into any type of perspective. In many ways it’s sobering, sad, disturbing and disappointing. One. That’s the number of veteran suicides of…

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Rosie the Riveter and me

Posted March 1, 2019 by by Staff Sgt. ALEXANDRA LONGFELLOW

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 am struck by the thought that heroes and role models do not have to be one single person but, in fact, can be several people. For me, this truth is…

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Stigmatize ‘rape culture’ by pursuing healthy dialogue

Posted March 1, 2019 by by Senior Airman SAVANNAH WATERS

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 issue in the Air Force and society as a whole. KUNSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — As service members, we receive a number of mandatory sexual harassment and assault awareness briefings…

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‘Lean forward’ to make a difference

Posted February 1, 2019 by by Col. Miguel Colón

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 or football coach tell his players to lean forward? In my experience, a good coach will always provide this advice. You may wonder, what makes this advice so important in…

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Does distance truly make heart grow fonder?

Posted February 1, 2019 by by Tech. Sgt. CHRISTINA STYER

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 $5 bouquet of wildflowers from the grocery store, but now that I am deployed, he goes all out with hidden notes in care packages, daily emails and nightly text messages…

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

Posted January 18, 2019 by Tech. Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel

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 daily publications have disappeared. It seems all but certain that we live in an era of headlines and newsfeed snippets that offer information designed for the passing glance at phone…

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Eyes wide open: The time we saved a life

Posted December 7, 2018 by by Airman 1st Class KATRINA WALTERS

F. E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. — As Airmen, we are constantly preparing to be ready for the worst days of our lives. We live by a fit-to-fight ethos and maintain readiness for the most extreme of emergency situations. Sometimes, though, we realize we aren’t just prepared to fight for our lives, we remember…

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Effective leaders touch heart before asking for a hand

Posted December 7, 2018 by by Chief Master Sgt. ROCHELLE HEMINGWAY

Over the past few weeks, I have been involved with conversations that were mostly centered on how to deal with personnel concerns. One of the first questions I ask is how well is your relationship with said person? Do you have one? Is it cordial or is it nonexistent? Today, I wanted to share this…

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Fly, Fight, Win — war to end all wars

Posted November 2, 2018 by by Lt. Col. Philip Cooper

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. — It was 95 years ago at precisely 11 a.m., Nov. 11, 1918, the “war to end all wars” came to a termination of hostilities after the death and wounding of millions of veterans. One year later, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as Armistice Day with this statement:…

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