Commentary

More than I asked for

Posted February 2, 2018 by by Airman 1st Class TESSA CORRICK

I left home for the first time in my 20 years of living on Jan. 10, 2017, to become an Airman. I saw the Air Force as an opportunity to better myself through professionalism, education and experience. As a first generation Airman I went in blind, but I knew what I wanted, and I wasn’t…

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Asking for help sign of strength not weakness

Posted December 1, 2017 by by Maj. Gen. MARK BROWN

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 ‘The Greatest?’” Before Ali could answer, the reporter offered, “Perhaps it was when you knocked out George…

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Tis season to drink responsibly

Posted December 1, 2017 by by Col. MAUREEN HARBACK

It’s that time of year when holiday parties and late night celebrations begin to fill our calendars and we look forward to spending time with family and friends to celebrate our own special reasons for the season. Every Christmas Eve, I celebrate my life, and I give thanks for being able to share the holiday…

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Gift-giving fun with right toy selection

Posted December 1, 2017 by Courtesy of 56th Medical Operations Squadron

With the holidays quickly approaching, many of us have made our list and checked it twice. Toys are often the gift of choice for children. Following the guidelines below can help ensure the best selections for each child. Tips for selecting toys: 1. Ensure the toy is developmentally appropriate. It should be challenging yet not…

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Narrow scope, improve force

Posted November 3, 2017 by by Lt. Col. NELSON ROULEAU

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — Our collective failure to lead boldly and teach others to do the same has led us toward the end of our runway. Airmen are watching Young military leaders vicariously learn the easiest path to promotion is through conservative decisions, and a single mistake may cost a career. In light…

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Three pounds, 11 ounces of resiliency

Posted November 3, 2017 by by Senior Airman SHELBY HORN

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — As military members we are inundated with training and speeches about resiliency. We hear it so often that it can get dull and become just another checked box on your records, until the message gets personally delivered in a place you’d never expect. In 2016 my husband and I…

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Be S.M.A.R.T. when setting goals

Posted August 4, 2017 by by Master Sgt. DEERICK GRAY

Have you set goals for your future? A goal is the result or achievement toward which effort is directed. Goals can be short or long-term, personal, professional, spiritual or physical, and are usually specific to a person or group. According to Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at Dominican University in California, you are 42…

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Don’t underestimate importance of sacrifice

Posted August 4, 2017 by by Chief Master Sgt. MATTHEW LUSSON

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published Feb. 19, 2015. 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 at the time, to be my…

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Juneteenth represents hope, possibilities, vice admiral says

Posted July 7, 2017 by Courtesy of defense.gov

WASHINGTON — Juneteenth, the annual observance commemorating the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery, represents what is possible, Navy Vice Adm. Kevin Scott said at a Pentagon ceremony today. “I am three generations removed from slavery in the state of Virginia, and so when I think about Juneteenth, I think what it…

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New leader, strategic plan fuels excitement

Posted July 7, 2017 by by Senior Master Sgt. MATTHEW LUDWIG

After returning from a deployment in Southwest Asia, I was impressed with the new wing leadership philosophy. I was fortunate enough to attend the 56th Fighter Wing Service Blitz rally at Cardinal Stadium and saw first-hand our new leadership in action. Then came the bombshell … the 56th FW strategic plan. After having read many…

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