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Default Air Force Logo Working vs. serving: an important difference
Every military member takes an oath. Among other things, this oath verbally confirms that each of us will support and defend the Constitution of the United States. This is not merely an occupation, this is a service commitment that requires true dedication and sacrifice.
0 4/17
2018
Master Sgt. Khafiz Gondry, official photo, U.S. Air Force Finding my voice as a quiet leader in a not-so-quiet world
I have always been quiet and awkward around people which is oftentimes viewed as a negative attribute and is something I have struggled with throughout my 19-year Air Force career. Since I don’t always have much to say out loud, I have endured the common comments and questions about my quietness from peers, supervisors, first sergeants and chiefs alike.
0 4/11
2018
Default Air Force Logo Staying resilient when 50 percent of your unit deploys
The 60th Maintenance Squadron was extremely busy in 2017. During the past year, I had the opportunity to be part of numerous high-performing teams. We answered the nation’s call through deploying over 15 percent of our Airmen to overseas contingency operations at locations including the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Iraq, Qatar and Jordan.
0 4/03
2018
Lt. Col. Claudio Covacci, official photo, U.S. Air Force No Airman achieves alone: Reflecting on two years as the commander of the 60th MXS
As I count my many blessings while serving at Travis Air Force Base, California, I often reflect on the words of Col. John Klein, 60th Air Mobility Wing commander: “No Airman achieves alone.”
0 4/03
2018
Lt. Col. Erik Fisher, official photo, U.S. Air Force A letter to my daughter: On all the days left to live before our better tomorrow
BEEliners, friends and family, after reflecting on the recent all-woman BEEliner mission to the Pacific, I felt compelled to write the following letter to my daughter:
0 3/27
2018
Default Air Force Logo Travis Toastmasters aids readiness
I started attending Toastmasters meetings when I first arrived at Travis Air Force Base, California, a year and a half ago to improve my public speaking skills and get involved with other members of the base. When I first started Toastmasters, I felt the usual jitters every time I was asked to speak in front of people. I was asked to brief a group of commanders on base about my unit's mission and could hear my voice shaking and feel my face turning red throughout the short speech.
0 3/27
2018
Senior Master Sgt. Sebastian DeAngelis, official photo, U.S. Air Force Service before self vs. service before family
On the night of Dec. 24, 2004, I returned to Yokota Air Base, Japan, from a four-month deployment. Two days later, a 9.2 magnitude earthquake struck off the western coast of northern Sumatra, Indonesia. The following day, my phone rang and on the other line was my squadron superintendent notifying me that my reconstitution was being waived and I needed to be at a deployment line in 12 hours to support Operation Unified Assistance.
0 3/21
2018
Commentary by Lt. Col. Cory Damon, 22nd Airlift Squadron Dense planetary core stifles epic changes
My planetary analogy provides us all an opportunity to continuously evaluate our inherent human condition to resist change. As an experienced Air Force officer and commander, I find myself naturally “gravitating” back towards how I accomplished tasks as a young officer. Granted, some of those processes and principles still work and may not be worth changing. However, when I “gravitate” to antiquated processes, I get too close to the dense core of our organizational planet and change is stifled. Similar organizational density is seen in political and corporate landscapes, and, yes, in military organizations.
0 3/21
2018
Default Air Force Logo Practice patience and understanding
You may have noticed recently we temporarily closed the North Gate, but perhaps you were unaware of why. Modernizing our gates provides additional mitigation for our defenders to protect the base populace from the ever-present threat of gate runners.
0 3/12
2018
Senior Master Sgt. Erin Panas, official photo, U.S. Air Force Leadership by example…It matters most when it’s cold and dark
One frigid and dark midnight shift, I was crouched down inside a freezing defensive fighting position; boots caked with mud and bone-cold. Growing up in Michigan, I was used to the freezing cold, but this was the coldest I had ever been.
0 3/12
2018
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