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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...

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...

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...

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...

‘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...

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....

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,...

Sex, lies and profile pics: What does your photo say about...

Eight years ago, I sat at a desk in our stairwell apartment on Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, and created my first Facebook profile....

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...

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