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Are we fulfilling our commitment?

What is commitment? According to the dictionary, it’s defined as “an act of committing to a charge or trust.” I look at it as...

Mantra must be ‘People first, mission always’

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — If you’ve been around long enough, you’ve heard the phrase “Mission first, people always.” Today’s Airmen are busy. Whether...

Living with mental illness

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — Defective. Weak. Soft. Broken. Crazy. Compromised. Unfit. Career-ending. These are just some of the words that people may associate...

Women and men: different, but equal

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Recently, while reading daily news and scrolling through social media news feeds, I could not avoid the headlines, posts...

Dark night leads to bright military career

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — It was a zero illumination night in a MH-53 Pave Low helicopter above the New Mexico desert when...

Black History Month: From bondage to freedom

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — When I think of the legacy of African-American slavery in colonial America, I see a truly universal story. I...

Valentine’s Day — not just for sweethearts

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published on Feb. 5, 2018. PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — It is fitting that as we celebrate...

Depression can offer opportunity for reconnection

As a psychologist, I am frequently asked by my patients about the seriousness of their condition: “What does this mean? Am I crazy to...

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