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  • The Air Force Dining-out

    As a young technical sergeant stationed at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, in 2008, I experienced my first Air Force Dining-out.
  • Taking ownership and accountability for your actions

    If someone asked any other First Sergeant how many times they have heard this, they probably would start to smile. They smile because it is what we as First Sergeants hear on a routine basis. However, I learned two important things way before I joined the military over twenty years ago, and if we, as Airmen, abide by these, most of these comments I mentioned above would not exist. The two things I would like to talk about are ownership and accountability.
  • When the light at the end of the tunnel goes out

    When you see a service member at a gas station or stopping at the grocery store on their way home from work, you might see the uniform with all its stereotypes that live within the fabric. We’re supposed to be invincible; we’re supposed to be in top physical shape, and we’re supposed to be able to pack our bags and leave the country at a moment’s
  • Dandelions aren’t weeds: Airman’s first Mother’s Day without mom

    Every year as far back as I can remember, my brothers and I would pick handfuls of dandelions from the front yard to give our mom for Mother’s Day. She would smell them as if they were expensive roses and smile like she was the luckiest mom in the world. Of course, then she would rub them all over our faces so we each looked like we got in the middle of a marker fight.
  • For some families, every month is Autism Awareness Month

    April is Autism Awareness month and is also the anniversary of when my daughter was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
  • We will be ready

    On Nov. 29, CNN aired a stark presentation on the state of space and the potential threat to our way of life.  The somewhat ominous title of the program was “War in Space – The Next Battlefield.”  For many, the presentation was shocking, but for the men and women of the 50th Operations Group, the reality of a contested, degraded and operationally
  • Inspire Strength

    Inspire. Strength.Two simple words that have come to dominate the center of my leadership philosophy.We all have encountered no shortage of buzz words or fancy theories throughout our time to help us solve our problems and conquer our challenges. Yet, I found these two simple words a long time ago engraved in stone on something that had absolutely
  • Assured access to Space: 25 years in the making

     The 45th Space Wing will celebrate another significant milestone in its rich and storied history of providing assured access to space when the wing turns 25 years young on Nov. 12, 2016.Although we’ve had an Air Force presence on the Space Coast since Oct. 1, 1949, and are known for our long-standing history of contributions toward moving
  • In the shadow of 88201

    I’ll never forget the first ride I took on a C-17 Globemaster III from McChord Air Force Base, Wash., tail number 88201 in January of 2014. Just before takeoff, we held a fallen hero ceremony on the ramp in Bagram, Afghanistan. Capt. David Lyon, my teammate and wingman on that deployment, had been killed along with two others by a vehicle-borne improvised explosive in Kabul a few days after Christmas.
  • Building America’s Airmen with professionalism, pride, discipline, readiness

    A message to supervisors in the 460th Space Wing:After wrapping up my first month in command, I have had a chance to reflect on the many discussions Chief Master Sgt. Rod Lindsey, 460th Space Wing command chief, and I have had with our Airmen, their families and Team Buckley leadership. In almost every discussion, particularly with front-line
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