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Instructor duty: Times are changing

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — Thick skin. Selfless perspective. Fearless leadership. When asked what I wanted my officer trainees to leave Officer Training...

Reminder to be safe, vigilant during holiday weekend

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published July 2, 2015. WASHINGTON — As we enter this holiday weekend and enjoy the activities celebrating our...

Reflections of a loyal heretic

PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. — For the past two years as commander of the 517th Training Group and Assistant Commandant of Defense Language Institute...

Thunderbolt with two titles: Marine and Airman

No matter what branch of the military an individual serves in, whether it’s the Air Force, Marine Corps, Army, Navy or Coast Guard, at...

Ten seconds later, that picture still exists

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published in April 2015. RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — There is a conversation many teenagers have had with...

Creating high performance through job satisfaction

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. — Do you like your job? Do your Airmen like their jobs? If you answered no, why? How...

Earth Day 2019: Protect Our Species

Earth Day, celebrated annually on April 22, is the largest, most celebrated environmental event worldwide with more than 175 countries and 1 billion people...

A tragedy felt by many

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

Watching out for lost wingmen

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...

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