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  • Unsung heroes of the flightline

    When I first took command of the 31st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, I noticed our guidon was void of any campaign streamers. Knowing aircraft maintainers had undoubtedly been a part of this wing and its legacy of valor through World War II, Vietnam War, the Cold War, and multiple combat operations, I went to our Wing’s Historian to find out why we had not qualified for any campaign streamers.
  • In debt, gratitude

    On what should have been one of the happiest days of our lives, my wife and I were scalped of our happiness. And our resiliency was tested.January 17, was an amazing day for us. Our daughter Alice was born. She was a fighter from the start. Alice tried her absolute best to stay in the womb; and when the doctor removed her from her warm home, Alice
  • Medics rock – Prepare to shock!

    As the commander of the 31st Medical Group, I’m continually honored to have the opportunity to lead and serve Aviano’s Wyvern medics in our critical role to support the 31st Fighter Wing’s mission to deter aggression, defend U.S. and NATO interests and develop Aviano. Our medics take pride in providing outstanding healthcare for our active duty members, civilians and dependents.
  • What I hate about my job

    I’ve met some great people who do awesome things, but there are parts of the job that I hate.
  • No fight should be fought alone, especially loneliness

    In my family, Christmas time has always represented happiness, togetherness and caring for one another. In the warm embrace of our loved ones, we treasured what we had in our lives and tried our best to show our compassion for each other by spending time and sharing gifts with one another.
  • Good night, mom

    At the time, I did not realize how important it was to have a support system. I also didn’t understand the concept that family didn’t have to be related and could be anyone who cared enough to make sure you were OK.
  • Making your business ‘people’ not mission: A message to my team

    Trust is the most valuable currency an officer can earn. It’s a medium of exchange that never devalues and one a leader cannot afford to be without. The mission will always continue but to earn the trust of those around you is what this business is all about. It’s an intangible that cannot be measured yet minimizes risk and maximizes mission effectiveness.
  • Bad Leaders make good examples

    Walking into my first office as a one-striper Airman, not knowing what to expect was an exciting experience that came with a multitude of questions: what are my co-workers going to be like, what am I going to be doing, what will my supervisor be like?
  • 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