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  • Leadership by example…It matters most when it’s cold and dark

    One frigid and dark midnight shift, I was crouched down inside a freezing defensive fighting position; boots caked with mud and bone-cold. Growing up in Michigan, I was used to the freezing cold, but this was the coldest I had ever been.
  • Work-life balance: Do I have the time?

    I wish there were more hours in a day. I can understand why someone may say this. Perhaps it’s out of frustration or a simple cry for help. However, isn’t this an easy answer? Are you really that busy?
  • Be mindful of your organization's customer experience culture

    At some level, most of us have customers we work with or serve, making customer service a key component of operations. Customer service, often simplified to friendly exchanges upon customer transactions, must go beyond this.
  • Technology helps overcome deployment challenges

    Military life is not easy. The men and women who serve in our armed forces protect our freedoms and way of life. They make tremendous sacrifices along with their families in service to our country. Service members often have to endure times of separation from their loved ones, from a few days to a year. While the military member is away, the family is left to go on facing each day without their mother or father present. This can make military spouses often feel like single moms or dads.
  • Wingmen: critical to mission success and a resilient Air Force

    There are two definitions for the term “wingman” offered by Dictionary.com. The first is “a pilot whose aircraft is positioned behind and outside the leading aircraft in a formation.” The second is “a (person) who helps or supports another (person); a friend”.
  • Did you learn anything?

    Some of my best memories growing up came from spending time on my grandparent’s farm in rural Indiana. In my eyes, my grandfather was the smartest guy on the planet. He could always explain how things worked and had the capability to fix or build anything. As a boy, whatever my grandfather was working on, I wanted to be there next to him doing the same thing
  • Be a glue person

    A person can make an impact in an organization regardless of their position. Satisfaction and happiness do not have to originate from the top of an organization. I also believe that one person, regardless of their position, can start a ripple effect of happiness throughout the organization. Little changes often lead to big and permanent changes. So how does one make the change to choose happiness at work? There are a couple of steps I have learned over my 32 years of military service.
  • Innovation: our calling and imperative

    “Our industry does not respect tradition—it only respects innovation.” Satya Nadella spoke after assuming the role as chief executive at Microsoft. Arguably, similar sentiments could be said of our U.S. Air Force. Seven decades ago, visionary innovators established our service as a separate, but equal, solution to the problems of the third and fourth dimensions of time and space. Since that day, the Air Force has demanded creativity, open-mindedness and calculated risk-taking.
  • Ready for this jelly

    This week kicked off the 75th anniversary celebration of the establishment of Travis Air Force Base. Looking back 75 years, specifically on this day, February 9, 1943, the Battle of Guadalcanal had been won and the Allies claimed their victory. When the U.S. Marines landed on the island in 1942, they commenced the first major Allied offensive against Japanese-held positions in the Pacific. Were those Marines ready?
  • 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 squandered life’s opportunities?”
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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/
This flying Twinkie™️ has a heck of a filling. Check out what it took to fit four UH-60 Black Hawks into one C-5M S… https://t.co/Bj9ipzW7AJ
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: Across the globe, #Airmen are doing incredible work for our @USAirForce, the Joint Force & our Nation — Airmen of the…
RT @usairforce: #TotalForce #Airmen team up @ScottAFB with the goal of establishing the C-5M Super Galaxy as part of the universal qualific…
Want to learn how to code? We've teamed w/ @Career_Karma, @_8Heroes & @TwitterStripes to develop #Airmen and help… https://t.co/hGIUywiHZa
#TeamTravis, Per the 60th Civil Engineer Squadron, the scheduled power outage originally set for Dec. 16 is NOW CA… https://t.co/r9ogON6ClF
See what David Grant Medical Center is doing with @CSAF squadron innovation funds. Where technology and patient car… https://t.co/PMPns9viIp
RT @usairforce: Ever heard of a western-style equestrian competition called 'cutting?' Well one @Travis60AMW #Airman is fluent in the sport…
RT @usairforce: .@jointbasemdl Security Forces #militaryworkingdog handlers teamed up with local law enforcement and their K-9's for some t…
Travis chapel team best in Air Force https://t.co/cOlbnYxIei
Military Family Life: The Blakes > Travis Air Force Base > Display https://t.co/EMP608KHcz
Check out how the 60th Logistics Readiness Squadron upped their game with CSAF squadron innovation funds. Major… https://t.co/VVx3nzkrd4
Sparking ideas, Improving efficiency, Solving problems...It’s all #SquadGoals. It's also part of our efforts to kee… https://t.co/e41pUXKtOK
RT @AirMobilityCmd: Acting as air bridges that enable our joint force to respond anywhere and anytime, it's no wonder why the @SecAFOfficia
RT @PACAF: @Travis60AMW #Airmen loaded equipment on a #JBER C-17 Globemaster III bound for #Saipan in support of #TyphoonYutu recovery effo…
Check out this cool timelapse of our 60th APS Airmen loading aircraft staircases and cargo onto a 517th Airlift Squ… https://t.co/fszWktt9di
“Like Crossfit, but with coding,” Phoenix Spark encourages Airmen interaction through computer skills https://t.co/Vylr2c6v23
RT @DeptofDefense: 👻 #HappyHalloween 🎃! Do aircraft carriers even have candy 🍬🍭? Petty Officer 3rd Class Isreal Cornejo, assigned to #USSTh