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  • My struggle with sleep apnea

    I'm 36 years old, an Airman, a noncommissioned officer, an aviator, a husband and the father of a little girl. I also have Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Before my OSA was treated, it was a dangerous and merciless creature that endangered all other aspects of who I am.
  • Dare to fail

    I don’t recall my specific age, but I remember being out of college and getting ready to leave for Officer Training School when my father handed me a small package. Inside was a frame, not the expected picture of my family, but a poem that begins with, “You’ve failed many times, although you may not remember.” He told me to not be discouraged by the setbacks that may come, but to look at them as an opportunity to grow or start again.
  • How do you define inspirational leadership?

    I’m a huge fan of Gen. David Goldfein’s bold vision to achieve joint warfighting excellence in an era of strategic competition. In the Air Force’s Chief of Staff’s seminal podcast titled “War on the Rocks,” he underscored the importance of the fundamental fighting formation of the Air Force: the squadron.
  • Challenging experiences develop character, strength and confidence

    Challenging experiences present an opportunity and an occasion for personal and professional growth. When faced with these, will we let them defeat us? Will we decline the challenge? Or, will we seek them out and accept them, defeat them, and become stronger, more experienced and skilled individuals as a result?
  • Unleashing the innovative spirit of Airmen

    We’re doing it again. We’re taking the momentum of a renewed focus on innovation and beginning to squander its potential, making it “just the next thing.” While senior leaders continue to emphasize innovation, our Airmen are becoming frustrated with the pace of real progress and the disproportionate focus on innovation theater –i.e. exciting events that fail to deliver real capability.
  • Working toward yes: Shifting our culture to think beyond today

    During the recent all-calls Chief Crowder and I held, I emphasized that the 60th Air Mobility Wing mission, vision and priorities will remain unchanged. When we come to work each day, we aim to rapidly project American power anytime…anywhere. Each group, squadron and Airman has a role in the finest mobility force on the globe. You are first-class, working as a team with our families and community, multiplying our efforts to innovate and ensuring we are ready to meet our nation’s call at a moment’s notice.
  • Defenders: Protectors of the Force

    My grandfather served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and he was a large reason I joined the Air Force. I did not do it for glory or the accolades, but I wanted to serve my country like he did. With a degree in Criminal Justice, the most sensible choice to me was security forces.
  • Team Travis Year in Review

    Happy New Year! I hope each of you had an opportunity to enjoy some time off during the holidays. As we enter 2019 ready to tackle any new challenges the New Year may bring, I would like to take a moment to recall some of the outstanding accomplishments the 60th Air Mobility Wing achieved over the past year.
  • Be a Pro!

    What does the word Professional mean to you? If you haven’t really thought about what it means to be a professional, then perhaps you associate the term with the actions, plays or accomplishments of professional athletes
  • Leadership: There's an A.R.T. to it

    The common theme I’ve noticed in the leaders who’ve guided me is their understanding that leadership is an A.R.T. Most of us have heard at least once that leadership is a skill that most of us are not born with. My take is that leadership is a mindset; focused on attitude, relationships and tenacity.
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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: Any rated Air Force veterans out there missing active duty? Learn more about the Voluntary Retired Return to Active Du…
RT @TRICARE: Do you get care at @Travis60AMW, @lemoore_nas, or @POMgarrison? The @DeptofDefense's new #MHSGENESIS patient portal goes live…
RT @AirmanMagazine: Your @usairforce news: ✓ Staff sergeant promotion results are released ✓ The 419th Civil Engineering Squadron helps r…
@PopMech Thanks for sharing our work about base #innovation. Might be of interest to know that they are not 3D prin… https://t.co/IK1IXWC1Ar
Do you have high blood pressure? A weak heart? According to the @American_Heart , you may want to think of somethin… https://t.co/EfnXPE3az2
Forget 2020, #TeamTravis' 60th Maintenance Squadron is living in 3020. Using a new industrial-grade 3-D printer, th… https://t.co/RfYea3jKoB
RT @USAFHealth: Airmen with the 375th AES were headed to Travis AFB for a training mission, when a passenger on-board their commercial flig…
RT @USAFRecruiting: The mission of the @usairforce to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace has stood strong for over 70 years. T…
RT @AFSpace: Thanks in part to mobility Airmen from Travis AFB, the #AEHF5 communications satellite was launched into #space. Before the AE…
RT @damgoodtimes: Joint-nation alliance meets, trains at Travis AFB https://t.co/hiUoqU4XyY https://t.co/aXeRh7BaJt
Who said our aircraft can't pack a punch? Our KC-10 aircrew help make the pararescue mission possible. Check it out… https://t.co/M0tgADBAce
RT @AirMobilityCmd: Today is #NationalAirborneDay! Mobility Air Force is proud to deliver the most lethal assets to the fight ... #Airborne
RT @NBCS49ers: “It’s because of what you do, that I’m allowed to do the thing that I love to do, play football.” George Kittle and the 49e…
RT @jenniferleechan: #49ers @jstaley74 @mmcglinch68 @gkittle46 all spent time greeting the 50 service men and women from Travis Air Force B…
RT @jenniferleechan: After practice #49ers TE @gkittle46 spoke to the 50 service men and women from #TravisAirForceBase who watched practic…
When @AirMobilityCmd says anytime, anywhere... we mean it! https://t.co/LsmobXwiQW
.@GenDaveGoldfein visited #TeamTravis Aug. 13 on his way to @JointBasePHH. The #CSAF will be traveling through the… https://t.co/tZcTob1CG8