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  • Balance: A key aspect of personal resilience

    The way I look at resiliency today is very different than when I joined the Air Force just a few years ago. The emphasis was just not put on it like it is today. Not because previous Air Force leaders didn’t care about the subject, rather, I feel we as a force didn't fully understand the importance of having or building it.
  • Increase unit effectiveness by connecting with people

    There are huge responsibilities levied upon leaders in our profession; accomplish the mission, uphold good order and discipline and take care of our people. Some expectations are easily quantifiable, like mission accomplishment (measured by on-time rates, aircraft generation data, etc.) and good order and discipline (assessed through status of discipline meetings, number of Uniformed Code of Military Justice or legal infractions). It is more difficult to judge how well we take care of our people. The failing isn’t the lack of a metric, rather not fully recognizing (or remembering) that taking care of people is directly related to mission accomplishment.
  • Next Airman up

    “Hey John, when you get back from C-17 re-qual you’ll be on G-series orders. The squadron is yours!”
  • Growth requires a little discomfort

    A long time ago at a base far far away, my chief used to send out daily quotes and excerpts from John C. Maxwell and other famous leadership authors. One day the daily message really resonated with me. Specifically, the message quoted Ronald E. Osborne: "Unless you do something beyond what you've already mastered, you will never grow."
  • It’s OK to ask for help, it takes courage to do so

    Most of us are familiar with action movies where the main character overcomes impossible odds to reach the unreachable, attain the improbable or save the day from certain ruin. That character is sometimes portrayed as a pillar, unbreakable, unyielding…needing no one. The reality, of course, is we are human and fallible, often building on lessons learned from prior generations in order to survive and thrive.
  • Why continuous process improvement?

    Nearly 20 years ago, I was honored to be the 5th Medical Group’s Airman of the Quarter, chosen to represent my group before the wing awards board. With my freshly lint-brushed uniform, a new haircut, and a head full of current events and knowledge of Air Force history, I reported to the panel, nervous but confident. After nailing the first two questions, I thought I had it in the bag when the chief at the end of the table dropped the question, “Airman Wheeler, why ‘Quality Air Force?’”
  • The “We’s” have it

    Twenty-one years ago a kid from Cincinnati, Ohio, departed for Air Force basic training. He did so, not due to an overwhelming desire to serve his country, but as a rehabilitation opportunity of sorts. This kid needed discipline and the opportunity to reinvent himself. The USAF did just that, starting with his name.
  • Change can be “tough”

    Change is tough. Despite the fact that change is almost constant in our lives, our initial reaction is usually one of derision and skepticism. There is usually some excitement there, too, especially when the change is big. The mixture of uncertainty and excitement is uncomfortable, so we resist. We may know that it’s for the best and when we force ourselves, especially as leaders, to find the benefits of it, we can usually do so pretty quickly; but it’s still tough.
  • Sarajevo to Arizona: One refugee’s story

    I am a doctor, a member of the armed forces and proud to call Arizona my home. I am also a refugee.
  • Let your people do their job

    Recently, while deployed I came in one morning and saw things were more hectic than usual. The two master sergeants on shift gave me the morning update and the day wasn’t starting off well. Planes were broken, the flying schedule was a mess and my people were running around with their “hair on fire.” My instinct to fix things kicks in. “I got this,” I tell the them. “Let’s go.”
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The Shooting Stars Drones will launch again at around 10:20 p.m. and we will do another live video stream at that time. Thank you for your patience.
#TeamTravis, As we get closer to tonight’s festivities, what part of the celebration are you most looking forward to? In addition, we’ll also be hosting a bounce house, a beer and wine truck, a hotdog and burger food truck, and an on-site DJ. We will also be allowing families to bring in their own food and water as long as the water is in a clear container. Hope to see you all out there!
#DidYouKnow the United States Air Force has a new Airman Against Drunk Driving app available on the App Store and Google Play? Just another way the U.S. Air Force is committed to #NeverDUI
**Edited for clarification*** #TeamTravis, As weather updates continue to come in, the Intel® Shooting Star Drone Light Show show portion may not happen. As of now, the show is still happening, but we're monitoring tomorrow's weather on a minute-to-minute basis and will continue to update you all as we get closer to the event. No matter what, festivities are a go! Airmen and the public are still invited to celebrate with bouncy houses, food trucks, a DJ, and a rock climbing wall! Below are maps to the parking areas and entrance for the event as well as the event location.
Due to forecasted high winds, the scheduled July 3 rehearsal, which was open to DoD ID Cardholders, has been canceled. Please stay tuned for more updates as we monitor the weather for the 4th of July event.
#Repost Visit Fairfield, California -- "There are no active fires near Travis AFB or Solano County. . . . Good morning friends! Solano County photographer James Guzzo was up early for the sunrise and captured these images from our hills. The smoke cloud you can see is from a fire burning in Yolo County. There are no active fires near Fairfield and Solano County. #VisitFairfieldCA"
To all of #TeamTravis and our local community, please be safe! For continued updates, please sign up with alertsolano.com to get them sent straight to your device.
"Anything that is an extension of, what I call, America's power, promise, or ideals, is done through logistics and transportation." --USAF Gen. Darren W. McDew, U.S. Transportation Command commander. Travis #Airmen deliver on that promise...anytime, anywhere. And we're proud it. #NoBounds | #TeamTravis
🎶This is ground control to Major Tom...🎶 Always on the cutting edge, #TeamTravis has recently entered into talks with NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration to establish a research collaboration leading to advances in medical support for deep space missions as well as warfighters. Read more about Travis' potential role in the future of space exploration in the article below. United States Air Force | U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) | Airman Magazine | Air Force Times | AFMS - David Grant USAF Medical Center - 60th Medical Group, Travis AFB | U.S. Military | #NoBounds
Congratulations SMSgt Lucero Stockett, 6th ARS, for being named one of the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2018! It is a honor to call you a member of #TeamTravis!
This 4th of July, #TeamTravis is partnering with Intel to put on a #patriotic light show with the help of more than 500 individual drones. Check out the video below and visit our event page, Travis AFB 4th of July ft. Intel® Shooting Star Drone Light Show, for a taste of what's to come during next week's jaw-dropping spectacle. United States Air Force | U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) | Airman Magazine | United States | Air Force Times | Military.com | #FourthofJuly ***The DoD does not endorse Intel***
Team Travis Defenders teamed up with #SpecialOlympics athletes to run through Travis AFB and Vacaville, California last week for the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run.
A KC-10 crew recetly completed a mission in the pacific refueling fighters supporting Exercise RED FLAG-Alaska and strengthening relationships between the USAF and the Japan Air Self Defense Force. To learn more click on the photos below. #NoBounds | #EngagingGlobally | #GotFuel
Not only is 2018 the 75th anniversary of Travis but also the 9th Air Refueling Squadrons #75thAnniversary. The diverse history of the 9th ARS includes operating in the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations, flying the F-4U Corsair as well as the P-38 Lightning. Click on one of the photos below to see what it means to wear the 9th ARS patch. #GucciPride | #Universal | #Travis75th
This week we salute SrA Steven Fing for being named the #TeamTravis Warrior of the Week. Fing is a Nondestructive Inspection Technician in the 60th MXS. His leadership skills as a shift leader enabled 22 maintenance acts ensuring 620 sorties. #WoW | #Maintenance
#TeamTravis is kind of a big deal in Fairfield, California! On Tuesday during a city council meeting, leadership received a proclamation from the city in honor of celebrating the 75th anniversary of the base. #Servinglocally | #Travis75th
During a recent KC-10 Extender mission, two flying crew chiefs kept the aircraft serviced enabling it to complete a roundtrip journey of more than 9,000 nautical miles and offloaded more than 200,000 pounds of fuel to eight F-15s. #FueltheFight | #RapidGlobalMobility | #NoBounds
The rumors are true! #TeamTravis is celebrating #IndependenceDay with a special light show featuring the Intel Shooting Star Drones. We are opening our gates to the community for this event. Stay tuned for more information! #NoBounds | #PoweredbySpark | #75thAnniversary | AFWERX | Air Mobility Command | Heather Wilson
Gen. Paul J. Selva, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is no stranger to Travis. He has commanded a squadron and a group here in the past. Last Friday #TeamTravis was honored for him to return to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Travis and the 9th ARS. #Travis75th | #NoBounds Check out more images here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmnD5ga6
#PhoenixSpark, Travis's grassroots innovation program is kindling connections and spreading ideas on their new LinkedIn page! Airmen, community members, and business leaders alike, join the conversation as we deliver tomorrow's tools to the Warfighter today! #PoweredBySpark https://www.linkedin.com/company/travis-afb-phoenix-spark/
A legend in the wild blue yonder, Tech Sgt. Manny Tarango aka Coach T has been busy changing the gridiron mentorshi… https://t.co/xHgC8bhmjv
DGMC begins flu vaccine campaign https://t.co/UGDqNzURJi
RT @AirMobilityCmd: AMC's #WingspanOfHope continues to deliver critical resources & dedicated personnel during the #HurricaneMichael respon…
#TeamTravis, The 2018 Great California Shakeout earthquake drill is upon us! The base will be participating Thursd… https://t.co/H0RAaoWfKI
RT @60MDG_DGMC: Resilient Kids, ready #Airmen. One thing Airmen worry about after deployment is the well-being of their family, especially…
He is here to pump you up! Check out how this @usairforce master sergeant and current Mr. USA is inspiring his squa… https://t.co/PhO61v8JPL
When it comes to getting a community back on its feet, sometimes it takes a whole village to do it. @TeamTyndall's… https://t.co/g4W0854kE6
#TeamTravis is on the ground in Florida, helping to open @TeamTyndall and bring #relief to the region in the wake o… https://t.co/cEGnT9y9tO
RT @SecAFOfficial: Please share this video from @ACC_Commander and help us get the word out. We will continue to share information as we ge…
RT @usairforce: For updates on our #HurricaneMichael relief efforts, follow our Twitter Moment. ⚡️ “United States Air Force emergency respo…
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: Thank you, @ACC_Commander & leaders across the force, for your continued efforts to connect #Airmen & families affecte…
Team Travis poised to deliver after Hurricane Michael https://t.co/AZcL2xAn0X
#TeamTravis aircraft and Airmen will depart early morning tomorrow to assist in reopening the airfield at Tyndall A… https://t.co/m7KeZ6Fm3j
#C17GlobemasterIII has departed to support civil authorities in #HurricaneMichael relief efforts in Meridian, Missi… https://t.co/bPJ4RS9LqP
Check out how @AirMobilityCmd is giving us all a reason to run off this year's turkey in the article below.… https://t.co/emdcEKwLgl
RT @DeptofDefense: The #DOD is committed to remaining the world’s preeminent fighting force, pursuing global security and stability, modern…
RT @abc7newsbayarea: Brush fire near Vacaville that caused highway closures grows to 4,000 acres. #BranscombeFire https://t.co/FMIzqA8jh8
RT @CAL_FIRE: CAL FIRE is assisting @SolanoFire with a 4,000 acre fire off of Branscombe Road, south of Hwy 12, Suisun City (Solano County…
This article highlights our abilities to enhance the mission through strategic partnerships. #TeamTravishttps://t.co/3HYVV5X6Pi