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  • Doing enough

    With my military career winding down, I routinely ask myself if I’ve done enough. To be honest, I am not sure. However, I am confident in my choices to maximize the opportunities presented before me. As this will be my last commentary submission, I will use it to ask you, “Have you seized or

  • This is our time

    When standing in harm's way, do you want to be partially, mostly or fully ready to respond? Every day our friends, family and team of Airmen rely on us to be the best version of ourselves. Ask yourself if you have done everything you need to do for the person standing next to you or for your

  • Fostering trust through accountability and curiosity

    We are fiercely underway in 2018 as Travis Air Force Base, California, continues to remain engaged throughout the world, and our people continue to impress. January is championship season as we rally around our favorite sports teams and look forward to the Winter Olympics.

  • Servant leadership and customer service are one

    By joining the U.S. Air Force, we have committed ourselves to put “service before self.” By definition, we have answered an altruistic calling to serve others. This reflects servant leadership and customer service.

  • Today's subordinates are tomorrow's leaders

    The front line supervisor and subordinate relationship is not just one of the most important relationships, it’s the foundation on which our subordinates’ development starts. How we catch and care for our Airmen, in my opinion, is the most critical step in their professional development.

  • Keeping warm

    On Jan. 10, 2017, on a snowy morning in Knoxville, Tennessee, I was jostling through a crowd of young men who, like me, were being herded onto buses making their way to the airport to be flown to San Antonio for basic military training.

  • Turn your glove over

    “Turn your glove over.”I was tired. And slightly annoyed. For what seemed like the thousandth time, my dad threw the baseball to me as I practiced for the spring season my sixth grade year. My legs ached from squatting into the catcher’s position over and over again. My body dragged from jumping up

  • Be ready for future challenges

    Since I came to Travis in July 2016, I have seen our team accomplish so many good things.Whether it’s a massive undertaking like the airshow, the Unit Effectiveness Inspection Capstone or supporting relief efforts for four natural disasters in less than a month, we have always answered the call. I

  • CAF check yourself before you wreck yourself

    In today’s Air Force and specifically the 60th Air Mobility Wing, we are continually proving there are no bounds. Therefore, Comprehensive Airman Fitness is vital for every collective Airman whether military, civilian or a family member. CAF is defined in Air Force Instruction 90-506, Comprehensive

  • We WILL rock you

    Last month, our Secretary of Defense, Retired Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis, released guidance to all Department of Defense personnel reminding us that we are our nation’s “department of war.”