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  • Mentorship from below

    It is often stated; to be a great leader, you must also tackle the art of being a great follower. This statement could not be more evident when it comes to the mentorship officer’s gain from the enlisted force. Every officer has been told at some point in their career to find a strong senior non-commissioned officer and attached yourself to them.
  • Being ready in a crisis

    Early on the morning of 9/11, I woke with a start. It was not because I instinctively knew something bad was going to happen – it was because my crew partner was screaming my name and asking me to get out of bed. As a First Lieutenant missileer stationed at F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming, I was responsible for launch operations of the Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile – the most powerful weapon in our nation’s nuclear deterrent arsenal.
  • Building community

    “My shift is coming to an end and now I can finally go home.” I can’t begin to count how many times I have thought this after a long day. I suspect I am not alone in my thinking.
  • Why I wear the uniform

    “I am an American Airman.” This is one of my favorite lines from The Airman’s Creed. I wanted to join the Air Force to experience a sense of pride Airmen have when they wear the uniform. I wanted to be a part of the 1 percent of Americans who serve in the United States military, but not just any part of the military. I wanted to be a part of an even smaller percentage who serves in the United States Air Force.
  • America’s Air Force: Defenders of air, space and cyberspace

    (This opinion piece was first published in The Washington Times on 28 January 2018)
  • Space Airman enables launch

    In space and cyberspace operations, consistently getting to the right answer is not easy.
  • Happy Anniversary: GEODSS Celebrates 35 Years

    2017 marks the 35th year since the 20th Space Control Squadron’s Ground-Based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance system achieved initial operational capability. GEODSS has stood steadfast as a key contributor to our nation’s Space Situational Awareness.
  • During football season it’s everyone’s alma mater

    On a very sunny fall afternoon 37,286 fans gathered Sept. 2, 2017, for opening day of the U.S. Air Force Academy Falcons football season. A new year, new starters, and the promise of a Mountain West Conference championship began on a glorious day for football.
  • Good wingmen make a difference

    I cracked a couple of puns with a masked man I assumed to be a doctor. He said he was sorry, but I knew it wasn't about the puns. He showed genuine regret.
  • Teamwork in Remote Locations

    SOCORRO, N.M.- The 20th Space Control Squadron Detachment 1, Ground Based Electro Optical Deep Space Surveillance (GEODSS) telescope is located at Stallion Range Center on White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, about 30 minutes from the City of Socorro. Our remote location increases the likelihood of clear skies and there is almost no light pollution to interfere with our space surveillance mission. However, this isolation also presents challenges that require effective planning, teamwork, and execution to overcome.
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