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  • Finding help

    Last week I received devastating news. My wife and I were sitting on the couch, watching “The Voice” and perusing Facebook during commercial breaks, when I came across a status that shocked me to my core. A friend posted a status that our friend, Jeremy took his life. I couldn’t believe it. I had just seen Jeremy posting on social media not that
  • Finding your place in the big picture

    Why are you here; why do you serve? Sometimes it’s easy to lose focus of the big picture and the reasons we serve. We have many ancillary requirements, or terms of employment, laid upon us: numerous CBTs, MICT checklists, processing orders for pay and completing travel vouchers in DTS, remaining medically current and qualified, maintaining a
  • Welcome the new

    As we move into the New Year, how do you handle the past? Is the past something that is forgotten like the old year, or does it hang around and dominate your future?I have noticed recently that the topic for January is not only New Year’s resolutions, but the past in general. In listening to the topic I noticed a train of thought. The idea was a
  • Life goes on, but not the same

    Four years ago Jan. 12, I received a phone call that completely changed my life. I woke up to news that my best friend Robby had been killed. For several hours I felt paralyzed before I broke down. I poured through all the photo albums I had looking at pictures of us from when we were kids hanging out with all of our friends.It didn’t seem real.
  • Truly humbled: my transition from enlistee to Air Force officer

    Truly humbled; two words that come to mind when I think about the last three months and a journey that started almost two years ago.With the guidance and help from my wing and office leadership, I was nominated and selected as a Senior Airman to earn a commission through the Deserving Airman Commissioning program. A year later, I was off to Officer
  • Glitz and glam: What am I doing here?

    It was a night to remember for all the right reasons. At nine-thirty in the evening, a cool breeze brushed my face and a smirk began to form. In hindsight, I was glad I attended, though, my stomach still growled at the thought of the "grog bowl," contents of which still remain unknown. "That's one thing you have to watch out for," said Master Sgt.
  • Commentary: Peace amidst the storms

    What comes to your mind when you hear the word, "peace?" Is it a place at a quiet lake, a solitary place at a beach or somewhere in a beautiful garden? Do you picture yourself somewhere where it's quiet, safe and pleasant? Sometimes life throws us in all kinds of troubles, storms and challenging situations. How do you maintain your peace then? What
  • What is resiliency?

    Resiliency: The ability to withstand, recover and/or grow in the face of stressors and changing demands. (Source - Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury)The objective of 2011 Wingman Day is to reinforce the Wingman concept as the foundation to building resilient Airmen. The goal is to encourage Airmen to
  • The parade goes on...

    I clearly recall the events of Friday, Aug. 14, 2009. It was a memorable day in grand proportions, a day worthy of sharing with past, present and future Airmen. I had the great fortune and honor to attend back-to-back ceremonies unique to the military profession. The day began at the Lackland Air Force Base parade ground on a sultry summer day in
  • Wreaths Across America

    What turned out in 1992 as a simple gesture by the Worcester Wreath Company to donate 5,000 Christmas wreaths to the Arlington National Cemetery, has turned into a national push to honor the graves of veterans in cemeteries and memorials throughout the country and on foreign soil. Wreaths Across America  was born in 2006 out of a desire to honor
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