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  • Use adversity to grow

    I want to address topics that are near and dear to people’s hearts. Suicide awareness, community struggles, church sermons on life change, our families, friends and my own personal encounters come to mind. It did not take long for me to see the correlation these topics had amongst each other – overcoming adversity.
  • The core of success

    The military measures success by achieved mission objectives.
  • Moving forward after failure

    Our Airmen are hurting. Our Airmen are overworked, underappreciated and far too often seek permanent solutions to temporary problems.
  • Fluid leadership

    Leadership. Where does it come from? Books, seminars, webinars, life experiences or mentors?
  • What service is

    Who remembers the little blue book? Not the brown one, but the blue one. I do as I read that thing like it was atop the New York Times Best Seller’s List in 1997, the same year I attended basic military training. In fact, anytime I hold that pale blue booklet, it’s hard not to reminisce of the cool Texas mornings spent standing in line during hours of darkness, my stomach rumbling, waiting and waiting and waiting some more, to enter the chow hall for breakfast, the best part of the otherwise miserable days that began my military career.
  • What service is not

    The year was 1997. Titanic dominated the box office, Toni Braxton’s “Unbreak My Heart” played constantly on FM radio and the luckiest of us had dial-up internet to check our email accounts. That was also the year I became a second lieutenant and the year the U.S. Air Force released its core values.
  • Believing a lie almost killed me

    Remember that old saying, “Perception is reality?” I believe this is a big lie.
  • Goals, opportunities and teaming

    A couple of key things I have learned in my 28 years in the Air Force are there is no shortage of opportunities and we are usually most successful in teams than we are alone.
  • Thank you for the feedback

    A few years ago, as a staff sergeant, I thought I was the most experienced member on one particular honor guard detail charged with providing final honors to a retiree.
  • Speak up

    The Air Force Medical Service has been on a long journey toward high reliability. This journey is referred to as ‘Trusted Care.’ Within the medical field, this focus is on patients and patient safety. In order to truly care for our patients, we must keep them safe. One of the tenets of trusted care is the duty to speak up, which applies to more than patients, it can apply to caring for all Airmen.

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#TeamTravis, as we enter wildfire season you may have seen news reports about PG&E Public Safety Shutoffs. Public Safety Shutoffs are preemptive/deliberate power outages during high heat, low humidity and high wind periods where the fire risk due to a downed power line is high. Currently, Travis AFB has been categorized as a Tier 1 fire risk, which is the most unlikely tier to be de-energized due to fire risk and we are currently NOT expecting to be affected by a public safety power shutoff. Should we receive a notification from PG&E of a public safety power shutoff we will provide notifications via AdHoc (PLEASE make sure you've updated your information on the new system) and Balfour Beatty's "One Call Now" service. Informally, we will also post our Facebook and Twitter (@Travis60AMW) feeds. Thank you and #NoBounds!
"It hasn’t always been this easy. I grew up in small-town east Texas and enlisted in the United States Air Force when Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) was alive and well. For many years, I experienced a great deal of societal pressure to quell a fundamental part of myself in order to succeed. As a young Airman, I never felt completely relaxed, almost as if I had to keep looking over my shoulder, and the paranoia of losing my career–my livelihood–prohibited me from fully engaging with my new Air Force family. I don’t need to tell you about how deeply loneliness and feelings of alienation can affect a person. It ultimately led me to self-report suicidal ideations because I couldn’t find a way to reconcile being a service member and being gay. If it wasn’t for the few allies who believed I belonged in the our Air Force, despite my identity, I’m not sure where I’d be. Those leaders carried me through my turbulent, formative years until I was able to finally breathe. Though throughout that time I made my fair share of mistakes, and certainly gave my supervisor some unique challenges, I was gifted with the opportunity to show the Air Force my cards as an 11-month formal investigation into my sexual identity was terminated following the complete repeal of DADT. On September 20, 2011, I skipped throughout my building high-fiving everyone I saw without saying a word as to why. I have been high-fiving as many Airmen I can every September 20th since then. It’s my own special holiday. I had won… but what was I to do with myself now? The universe had given me a chance to become a whole new Airman and I decided that I wasn’t going to waste it. Since then, I’ve strived to be the best Airman I can be. I volunteered to serve as a Military Training Instructor, I’ve helped organize several military Pride month events, and I’ve sincerely tried to live up to our Core Values. The freedom to be who I am has given me the freedom to fly, fight, and win. I will never forget, nor be able to completely thank, all of the people who helped get me here. However, more importantly, I will never stop advocating for the importance of diversity and acceptance in our Air Force because I know what both sides of that spectrum can do to a person. Pride month isn’t about celebrating individual preferences. It’s about celebrating inclusiveness and how when we practice it, it makes us all better versions of ourselves. We are a mightier Air Force when we show our Pride." —Tech. Sgt. Shannon Ouimet-Amaro, 60th Air Mobility Wing executive assistant to the command chief #HumansOfTravis #LoveIsLove #Pride2019 #🏳️‍🌈
Travis leadership: Happy #NationalDoughnutDay, #TeamTravis! Can't wait to finally have that Dunkin' on base, huh? The rest of base:
Martinez-native Jake Larson was only 21 when he stormed Omaha Beach on #DDay. Back then, his unit had a motto: “To the last man.” Now, 75 years later, Jake is the last man—the last surviving member of that unit, and if becoming so has passed to him a single nugget of wisdom, it’s this: “Freedom isn’t free.” Read more about Jake’s revisiting of Omaha Beach in the article below.
The events of #DDay were a testament to the strength and resolve of this nation. For those who survived the invasion, Omaha Beach represents both a reminder of those they’ve lost and a promise to preserve their memory. With the help of virtual reality, join them as they recount the events of that fateful day. #BecauseOfThem
75 years ago, the U.S. military, along with other Allied nations, enacted one of the most ambitious amphibian assaults in history. Today, we celebrate the courage and sacrifice of the service members who invaded Normandy on #DDay, and whose actions still stand as one of the most impressive rebukes of evil in human memory. #BecauseOfThem
Sometimes the best part of the #TravisLife is what's (literally) beneath our feet! #NorthernCalifornia has a brilliant assortment of wildlife and flora—even right in your front yard. What makes the #TravisLife sweet for you? Show us in the comments!
A lot of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) readiness exercises start with a single "what if" question. In the case of #NorthernEdge, that question was "What if the Indo-Pacific were to suffer a crisis?" The answer involves about 10 million pounds of fuel 😳 Read more about it below!
Rapid global mobility wouldn't happen without these beautiful #TTails or the maintainers and crew that keep them in the air. Happy #TTailTuesday, Team Travis. #NoBounds #ProudToBeAMC #TeamTravis #FindAWayOrMakeOne #MilitaryLife #AirForce #Maintainer
A lot of things can fit into a C-5M Super Galaxy! That's why when Los Angeles Air Force Base, Home of Space and Missile Systems Center asked us if we could load the latest Advanced Extremely High Frequency - 5 satellite, we gladly obliged and shot this cool timelapse. #NoBounds For more info on the AEHF system, visit: https://www.afspc.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/249024/advanced-extremely-high-frequency-system/ NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Happy Birthday to the man, the myth, the legend... Clint Eastwood turns 89 today! He served in the U.S. Army and at 21 years old he had a brush with death when the plane he was on went down off the California coast near Point Reyes National Seashore. Eastwood and the Captain made it the two to three miles to shore after the U.S. Navy AD-1 Skyraider crashed into the ocean.
#CaptionThis! From Military Fresh Network
#tbt to May 2014 when Travis got its first introduction to FRED. #DidYouKnow the cargo compartment of the C-5M is big enough to fit an eight-lane bowling alley? #TheMoreYouKnow #BougieButNotThatBougie #NoBounds
🎶 We just took a DNA test turns out we're 100%... America's finest mobility force 🎶 We can't carry as good a tune as Lizzo, but we can for sure carry whatever payload is needed at a moment's notice. #GoodAsHell #NoBounds
“Hopping.” It’s what bunnies do. Or, if you’re an enterprising DoD card-holder with aspirations of travel, it can be your way of checking out some of the world’s best vacation hotspots...for FREE! Check out the video below for some “hopping” pointers.
Exciting new changes are taking place within Phoenix Horizon, AMC's company grade officer leadership and force development program. Click on the link below to find out more. https://www.amc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1855452/amc-expands-junior-officer-force-development-program/fbclid/IwAR3L-VFvea218JaNQRsvwyQ3SwabuUesjhCoDRLNgDoiqwqXgKAvqW7N3Ww/
"Hate to see you go, but love to watch you leave." Today's #TTailTuesday is brought to you by these couple of outbound beauties. Show us your favorite T-tail photo in the comments! #NoBounds #ProudToBeAMC #LookingGood
Are you doing the #MurphChallenge today? Named for Lt. Michael Murphy who gave his life in the performance of his duties in Afghanistan, the “Murph” stands as the definitive physical tribute to those who’ve fought and died for our freedom here and overseas. If you are, comment the name of who you’re remembering this Memorial Day. #RememberTheFallen
As Memorial Day weekend begins, enjoy the cookouts, relaxation and hanging with family and friends, but be sure to take time to remember the heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice to make the moments we enjoy this weekend possible. #WeRemember #NeverForget
When we’re foot-stomping the same stuff we were foot-stomping seven years ago, you know it’s real. Today’s #fbf reminds you to hydrate, especially during these critical days of Summer. Check out the article for more tips on staying cool ahead of this season’s rising temperatures. #HydrateOrDie #TeamTravis
RT @AirMobilityCmd: #Mobilty #Airmen will move heaven and earth to keep America’s promises to its service members. Check out this story of…
RT @AFWERX: Check out this partnership between @Travis60AMW's Phoenix Spark Cell, 22nd Airlift Squadron, and @sketchbox3d, a #virtualrealit
RT @AirForceMag: THIS JUST IN FROM #ASC19: @AirMobilityCmd this year is flying 15% more sorties than it did about three years ago—albeit wi…
RT @vacareporter: Travis maintains combat readiness https://t.co/szd62JEIKX
RT @KCRAdapper: "It brings out the blue in us... we bleed blue in the Air Force and it makes me proud to know the base is coming together."…
Good mooooorrnning, #TeamTravis! We don’t know about y’all, but #Thursday has never looked better. Have a great day… https://t.co/94QC2wfTG2
RT @vacareporter: A Travis Air Force Base KC-10 Extender is silhouetted the colors of the rising sun as crews prepare to take part in #Mobi
RT @jbrosenbaum: United States Air Force 1st Lt. Chelsey Hibsch who is stationed at Travis Air Force Base is the first female airman to gra…
RT @usairforce: #USAF is heading into the #WildBlueYonder, making our wish a reality. Faster. Lethal. Ready. #THISIS72 #HBDUSAF https://t.c…
RT @AETCommand: Have you heard?! Airmen have a new digital option to stay current on @usairforce knowledge & to help prepare for promotion…
RT @AirmanMagazine: Your @usairforce news: ✈️ Exercise Mobility Guardian, @AirMobilityCmd's largest-ever readiness exercise, commences.…
#TeamTravis KC-10s provided support for #MobilityGuardian19 over the weekend. #MG19 is @AirMobilityCmd's largest… https://t.co/cvaN9vgTQd
RT @DougJohnsonFX40: On Special Assignment tonight with the #USAF #teamTravis @Travis60AMW . Story will air early next week. @FOX40 https:/…
The mission never stops for #TeamTravis Airmen. #NoBounds always in effect. #MobilityGuardian19 https://t.co/jSJDvgP7UV
RT @AirForceMag: THIS JUST IN: @AirMobilityCmd's war of the future is playing out right now in the rolling mountains and plains of the Inla…
RT @US_TRANSCOM: That moment you realize it's Friday afternoon. @usairforce @AirMobilityCmd #FridayFeeling #FeelGoodFriday https://t.co/RjA…
RT @TMcBphoto: Arrivals at @AirshowLondon today from the @usairforce - the F-16 Falcon from Arizona @162ndFW, B-52H Stratofortress from @PA
RT @jbrosenbaum: The women and men at Travis Air Force Base hold a Retreat Ceremony to honor the victims of 9/11. #thevacavillereporter #jo