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‘I really shouldn’t be here’

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....

Don’t underestimate importance of sacrifices

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...

Exposing invisible wounds: a personal story about PTSD and healing

Tech. Sgt. Joshua Brooks landed at Balad Air Base, Iraq, for the first time in January 2010. An airman 1st class at the time,...

OTS: ‘The assignment I never knew I needed’

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — Sometimes there are things in life that happen to you that are so unexpected you fail to comprehend...

Lupus: An invisible autoimmune disease

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...

Marvel’s Black Panther sets tone for leaders

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. — My family and I had movie night a couple of weeks ago, and as I was watching, I was...

Officer believes in ‘high-touch’ leadership

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...

Technology helps overcome deployment challenges

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. ­­— Military life is not easy. The men and women who serve in our armed forces protect our freedoms...

Hearts of strength

She heard the dull and tiresome beep from a heart monitor as she lay in a dark hospital room March 12, 2014, in the...

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

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...

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