Commentary

Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted September 6, 2018 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Maj.) R. John Boyer

What choice will you make? Not many people know this, and please don’t tell my mom — but during my freshman year of college, I almost got kicked out! Apparently, they’re serious when they tell you to go to class, and read books … who knew?! The dean of students called me into his office,…

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Cadet reflects on importance of diversity

Posted September 6, 2018 by by Cadet 2nd Class STEVEN LUNA

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published Sept. 17, 2014. U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — America is great for a vast number of reasons and although we can point out many reasons why our country is so remarkable, I say we owe our success largely to our diverse backgrounds and culture within our nation….

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It’s 1700 somewhere …

Posted August 3, 2018 by by Capt. DAVID LIAPIS

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published Jan. 7, 2015. FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — Its side effects can range from confusion to induced sprinting for cover, to feelings of pride. It has the power to stop people in their tracks and causes self-induced paralysis for nearly two minutes at a time. Reveille and…

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Asking for help is sign of strength not weakness

Posted August 3, 2018 by by Maj. Gen. Mark Brown and Master Sgt. Derik New

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published Dec. 2, 2014. KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Growing up I was a big fan of Muhammad Ali. He was the world heavyweight boxing champion and unashamedly referred to himself as “The Greatest.” I vividly remember a reporter asking Ali, “When did you know that you were…

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Commentary

Building a leader

Posted July 9, 2018 by Senior Airman Ridge Shan

To become an officer in the U.S. Air Force, an individual must display strong moral character, high academic strength, and be devoted to an honorable conduct with a persistent exemplification of integrity, service, and excellence in all that they do.

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‘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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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 that I was not expecting and had entirely no interest in….

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Lupus: An invisible 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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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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