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  • 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
  • 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
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