Who has heard of Special Victims’ Counsel?

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- When I first briefed the Special Victims’ Counsel Program at Right Start and First Term Airman Center briefings...

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...

Triple Threat

Now I know what you're thinking, and no, we're not talking about singing, dancing, and acting. What we're talking about is the danger of...

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...

Heavy drinking: Highway to disaster

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published April 23, 2015. Heavy drinking is defined as consuming five or more standard drinks in one sitting....

‘Taps,’ somber, yet poetic

One evening in 1981 while I was at summer camp, I took a deep breath and blew a little too hard on the bugle’s...

Lead people effectively, not efficiently

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. — A good test of leadership is how your team reacts to a fire drill. In the moment...

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...

Point of finger pointing moot — everyone’s doing it

Ironically, one of our smallest, weakest body parts — the finger — often wields the most power. That one diminutive digit can instill fear, anxiety,...

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,...

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