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  • Would you go out?

    I arrived at Schriever Air Force Base, my first duty station, as a young Airman First Class three years ago. One day, as I was leaving work, I noticed a large group gathered at the door while retreat was sounding. They were chatting amicably about their day or plans for the evening when I asked, "Is it disrespectful to walk out during retreat?"A
  • So you want to play in the NFL?

    Many young men in the U.S. dream of becoming a professional football player, leading their favorite team to glory in the Super Bowl.While I certainly no longer fall into the category of "young man," the curiosity of exactly how I would stack up against the current crop of NFL players' measurables of still lingers.I was given the opportunity to
  • Mission, Airmen highlight 'Year of Connection'

    First, let me say thanks again to Team Patrick-Cape on our successful launch of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), May 20, 2015, from Space Launch Complex 41, on board an Atlas V rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.Kudos to the Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center, United Launch Alliance and all mission partners who came together
  • The Two E'S: 'EMPOWERMENT AND ENCOURAGEMENT!'

    It doesn't seem possible to me that it's been approximately 18 months since I had my first opportunity to serve as the Launch Decision Authority here on the Eastern Range -- and that was for MUOS-2, which launched July 19, 2013, about five weeks after I had the fantastic opportunity to assume command of the 45th Space Wing.Since that time, we have
  • Framily gets it, keeps me together

    A little background: This is my fourth assignment in eight years. The last two assignments were overseas, coupled with deployment and temporary duties across Western and Eastern Europe. After nearly four years overseas, I was ready to step foot on American soil, but the transition back to America and my home state has been surprisingly rough.I
  • The Air Force issued me my 'kids'

    While I've decided to live the child-free lifestyle, the Air Force, in its infinite wisdom, saw the need to issue me two kids. They are both straight out of technical training and brand new to the Air Force, and one is still too young to accept an adult drink.Let's be honest: As children do, they totally cut into my "me time."In all seriousness,
  • Air Force enables extraordinary paths

    When I was a child, I would sit and watch my mom, a former U.S. Air Force Airman, cook dinner with ease, finish folding laundry at lightning speed, read to and tuck my brothers into bed, sweep the floor, pack lunches and still somehow have some time for herself. Her influence is what ultimately led me to my decision to join the Air Force. This
  • Tools of the trade

    On an uncharacteristically cool, crisp night, deep in the heart of Louisiana, efforts to evade capture by an opposition force came to a halt when, quite unintentionally, I managed to gift-wrap myself in the painful spirals of razor-sharp concertina wire that had been maliciously stretched across my intended escape route. Repeated flails did nothing
  • People provide the vision

    (Editor's Note: This commentary is May's submission and is part of a monthly series from Innovate Now! Team) Ideas for innovation come from your wisdom, experience, and creativity...you fit into the future vision by creating it. Never before has leadership been so open to your innovative solutions. Many recommendations submitted to the "Innovate
  • Politics in the military

    Military and civilian employees of the Air Force are subject to special restrictions when it comes to partisan political activity. While we are encouraged to participate in the democratic process, we must be careful to do so within the rules set by Federal law as well as Department of Defense and Air Force regulations. These rules are designed to
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