HomeNewsCommentaries

Commentary Search

  • Leaders need resiliency too

    For supervisors at every level, it is easy to live vicariously through our subordinates. Let me give a brief example. Within the last year, my superintendent and I had to deal with a disciplinary situation within the unit. How did we both react to the challenge?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.”
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
RSS

Social Media

Facebook Twitter
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/
RT @usairforce: Today we celebrate 71 years as the world's greatest #AIRPOWER! #Birthday #AFBDay https://t.co/VOY8ixMUlO
#TeamTravis now has their new commander, Col. Jeff Nelson. https://t.co/bmac1rbjxd
Check out our live stream currently on Facebook. #WorkingTowardYes #NoBounds
#TeamTravis Airmen are preparing for Col. Jeff Nelson to assume command. https://t.co/rqj9ARJAML
Rules of engagement: Train the way you fight > Travis Air Force Base > Display https://t.co/cjRNwM2dLT
“You matter”: A look inside Travis’ mental health clinic > Travis Air Force Base > Display https://t.co/1XJSR0l0V9
RT @KCRAMax: Medical response teams from @Travis60AMW are on standby for #HurricaneFlorence. Members of the Critical Care Air Transport Tea…
US Air Force participates in Angel de los Andes https://t.co/pWYPxPb19Z
Like an ICU in the sky, CCATTs assist in transporting critical patients to higher levels of care. Contact us… https://t.co/7iwphVdPV7
At request of civil authorities, four Critical Care Air Transport Teams are preparing to respond. Five Airmen with… https://t.co/aepOTzLPAr
#TeamTravis medical personnel are on stand-by and contingency response Airmen are providing support relief efforts for #HurricaneFlorence.
RT @usairforce: #USAF Reserve #Airmen from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron assisted the @USCG w/ a search & rescue mission, locati…
Update as of 4:00 pm, Sept. 11: both fires are completely contained and extinguished with neither posing an immedia… https://t.co/HWLx28DJkz
We are currently aware of 2 fires in Suisun City, southwest of TAFB. First responders are on scene. Please follow… https://t.co/PdRjA2lG3R
Today #TeamTravis honors the lives that were lost on 9/11 during a #PatriotsDay ceremony. TAPS will play four times… https://t.co/XY50aYnooR
RT @AirmanMagazine: A1C Jason Klaus, 860th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, renders a salute to a C-17 Globemaster III with CMSgt. Steve Nich…
First Sergeant Council: Team effort to care for Airmen, families > Travis Air Force Base > Display https://t.co/LFIp6XQ2SI
Mental health is just as important as physical health. This goes a long way in de-stigmatizing the act of seeking h… https://t.co/iHWgDlFdM0
RT @usairforce: We are just 23 days away from the OCP! @AFCareers is going to help you avoid getting called out for uniform violations! Che…
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: Enormous thanks to Gen Everhart for his leadership of our mobility enterprise. No doubt, @AirMobilityCmd will continue…