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  • Do we stay or go? An Air Force spouse perspective

    Dear Joey and Dave, You recently asked my husband whether you should stay in the Air Force past your initial pilot commitment. He wrote you a heart-felt response reflecting upon his professional reasons for staying. I was privileged to read his response and agree completely with his rationale. However, his response left me unsettled. I was not at first able to articulate, or even fully comprehend this unease. This hesitation, I think, is tied to my belief that his response addresses only part of the equation. If you would indulge me, I would like to attempt to address what I view as the “other side” of the proverbial coin you are now flipping.
  • Stay or Go?

    Recently, you both asked me the question, “Why should I stay in the Air Force beyond my commitment?”
  • Discovering Your Definition of Success

    My sons, Julian and Jaren (or “the boys” as I lovingly refer to them), often ask questions about what I do in the Air Force and if I enjoy going to work every day. Without hesitation, I begin my obligatory 10-minute lecture on how serving in the Air Force serves the greater good of our country and that I feel lucky to do what I do. Of course, within a matter of 30 seconds their minds wander and they miss most of the message.
  • That is how one learns we are a team

    When I started at the 349th Air Mobility Wing as a non-prior service Airman more than 15 years ago, I really had no idea what being in the Reserves was all about. When I showed up on my very first day at the hospital auditorium as a newly-minted major, a master sergeant pulled me aside and helped me reorganize my blues – I had put everything on the jacket backwards! Yes, I was just a touch nervous. I soon discovered that those in my squadron were always willing to help me, no matter what our rank. I just had to ask. I asked a lot of everyone all the time. But that is how one learns. We are a team.
  • Trend Buckers

    With increasing regularity in society’s faster-paced work environments, many disciplines are publishing articles about employee burnout. More so in the private sector, industries are resourcing workplace wellness programs to counter stress. Organizations with these programs are realizing significant returns on investment with less absenteeism and medical costs.
  • My longest race

    American running guru and Olympian Jeff Galloway said, “The more you frame the marathon as a stressful experience, the more negative messages you’ll receive. But it’s just as easy to frame it as a positively challenging journey.”
  • Find someone to chase

    As we ushered in a new year, I reflected on almost 20 years of service in the world’s greatest Air Force. A look back showcased a copious amount of change that has occurred since the 1990s, or as my children would say “the 1900s.”
  • 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.
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