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  • Uncle Mike, invisible soldier

    This is the story I have been able to piece together regarding my Uncle Mike and his service to his country. This Veterans Day remember those in your family who have served. Take an interest in their story if they are willing to tell it and try to write it down if you can so that it may be passed on to future generations. The Vietnam War generation is aging and they won’t be around forever to tell us how it really was.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Time management does not exist

    Time management is a concept that many people have become preoccupied with over the years. There are dozens of books available on the topic and many bases offer professional development courses on how to effectively manage time. However, when creating the professional development curriculum here at Travis Air Force Base, California, we intentionally omitted this lesson from our schedule for a single reason: Time management simply does not exist.
  • From the darkness to the light

    September 9, 2017, was a day my close friends and family remember as a day of sorrow for me. My beloved wife of 12 years was taken from me by cancer.
  • Embassy life: Challenge accepted

    Opportunities come at all stages in your life; it’s what you do with them that often shapes your future. While stationed at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, and at 22 years of service, I received an e-mail from my assignment team that was just that—an opportunity.
  • Are you resilient?

    There are a couple of definitions of resiliency: The ability to return to the original form or position after being bent or the ability to recover from illness, depression or adversity.
  • Growing strong

    This past June, I reported in to Travis Air Force Base, California. As I drove through the main gate, I thought back to my experience 14 years earlier when I drove through the same gate as a second lieutenant.
  • Challenge the status quo

    We are all familiar with the Airman’s Creed. What does it mean to you? What do our family and friends think when they hear it? The creed is pretty clear about who we should be, but sometimes our personal perceptions may interfere with meeting its lofty goal.
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