Commentary Search

  • Dog tags identify more than the present

    My first instructor at USAF pilot training barked: "always wear your dog tags when you fly so we'll know who you are." Since I feared the guy, I did as I was told. Those two small disks, embossed with my name, social security number, blood type and religion have almost always dangled around my neck. Putting them on every day became
  • A part of history

    In all honesty, I don't truly think it has hit me yet; that we actually have our first African American President. Yes, I have met and talked with him, but it will take some time for this to really soak in. I grew up in a school with a very small number of minority students and in a time when there was very limited visibility of successful African
  • Fulfilling a dream

    On January 20, 2009, I braved the frigid temperatures of Washington D. C. to be a part of history and witness the inauguration of the first African American President of the United States of America, along with my husband, daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren.The experience was awesome and inspiring. To be among millions of people who were
  • History through my eyes

    As I boarded the bus bound for the 2009 Inauguration, all I could think about was that 'History is about to be made and I will be there to witness this great moment in time.' As I reflected on past marches and other large gatherings, I had no idea of the impact of being a part of such a crowd would have on me. As I became a part of the massive
  • Realizing the Dream

    The trip to Washington D.C. was filled with anticipation and joy. I pulled out of Atlanta around 6 a.m. Jan. 15, the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and arrived in D.C. around 4:30 p.m. During the ride I had hoped the entire weekend would be filled with Doctor King's dream being realized. That whatever events we attended, they would be
  • Setting the standard with accountability

    This past October, the command Human Resource Development Council met. During the conference, I was startled by a rather sobering statistic. Did you know that 52 percent of second term Airmen leave the Air Force Reserve? Did you know that the number one reason given is a lack of accountability? What exactly does this mean when applied in real life?
  • HRDC: A foundation of heritage

    The 2008 Air Force Reserve Command's Human Resources Development Council(HRDC) Workshop rolled into Atlanta and held as its theme, "Faithful to a Proud Heritage." And what a proud heritage we have. As Airmen, we serve in the absolute best branch in the military in the absolute best country in the world and we have a rich history to show for it. The
  • It's over ... or is it?

    Congratulations and thank you for all the hard work that you put forth during the inspections. More than 100 inspectors inspected the wing for six major inspections all within one week. I'm pleased to say we passed them all, and the 94th Maintenance Group even received an "Excellent" rating on their Maintenance Standardization Evaluations Program
  • Black history: look a little closer

    I think it's great, during Black History Month, we stop and reflect on the important things that occurred in the black community as a whole. That said, every year we seem to focus on the same influential people. While they deserve all the credit and respect given to them, there are many other "unsung" black heroes from our past and today. Black
  • On track: push yourself to meet fitness standards

    Wheezing, sputtering, stinging and sweating like a champ... Am I dying? My brain couldn't compute the fact that what I thought to be a decent workout regiment in the gym wasn't translating out here on the track. I consoled myself with the fact that at least I hadn't had a cigarette in a year and this final lap would have been a heck of a lot harder