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  • Mustache March, an Air Force tradition

    We always hear our U.S. Air Force heritage is an important part of every Airman's life. I mean where would we be today without the Airmen before us? Yeah, probably stuck on the ground with the Army and that's no fun.Sure, all the other services are a little older than us and have their traditions, but the one tradition I feel trumps them all is
  • From DWI to resilience trainer

    U.S. Air Forces in Europe recently gained more than 70 master resilience trainers-- I count myself lucky to be one of them. However, some people would say the Air Force is lucky to count me as one of its MRTs.The people who know my personal Air Force history have referred to me as the epitome of resilience. I don't know about that myself, but let
  • Know the 'signs' of a local election, 2016 edition

    It seems you just can't read a magazine, click through your TV channels or swipe your thumb on your cellphone without seeing an advertisement, news story or viral video about the 2016 American presidential election.You'd think being stationed overseas would remove you from such electoral rumblings. Now your drives through the scenic Eifel landscape
  • Strength in diversity, empowered by a proud heritage

    Throughout my Air Force career, I've cooked for, performed at and spoken to Asian-Pacific Heritage festivities from Kunsan to Langley.  With more than 18 million Asian-Pacific Americans from nearly 50 countries and ethnic groups, it can be a challenge to include every group; each with distinct languages, cultures, traditions and beliefs.  But there
  • The devil inside: interrupted

    Editor's Note: This article is part two of a three-part commentary depicting the story of an Airman struggling with the return from deployment, divorce and attempted suicide. The name of the individual has been changed or removed to protect the identities of those involved.Military life can be challenging. Frequent deployments and temporary duties,
  • The devil inside: deployment, divorce, attempted suicide

    Editor's Note: This article is part one of a three-part commentary depicting the struggle of an Airman with returning from deployment, divorce and attempted suicide. The names of individuals have been changed or removed to protect the identities of those involved.Any service member who signed up after 9/11 did so knowing that they would likely
  • 'Go to guy': Getting missions done

    In almost every work center there is always at least one 'go-to guy'. Everyone knows who this person is and they are usually easy to spot. Sometimes the 'go-to guy' is the hardest working Airman in their section. Other times they are the subject matter expert in their career field, regardless of rank. The 'go-to guy' is always the person
  • Feedback is essential to AF integrity

    I was going through some old files, and I found a few notes that were written to me by the comptroller of a major command on several different occasions. One letter conveyed his best wishes on my birthday.  A second one thanked me and my unit for our hospitality during his recent visit to the base.  These letters reminded me how important it is to
  • So there I was...

    So there I was ... trying to watch NFL Thursday Night Football on a Friday night with my NFL Game Pass.  The Denver Broncos versus the Kansas City Chiefs was the feature game. I watched the opening vignette that the NFL presents to hype the game just before kickoff four times in a row due to Internet issues. This was definitely not the ideal way to
  • 'We're all in this together' -- A senior NCO's five constants

    Service in the Air Force today means different things for different people. Depending on your unique circumstances, such as family dynamics, job or upbringing, how you navigate through those dynamics can have a significant impact on your time serving and significantly help you prepare for the day you no longer will wear the uniform, whether that's