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  • Military caregivers: Our 'Hidden Heroes'

    A little thank you goes a long way for someone who sacrifices daily to care for the patrons who safeguard our nation and fight for our freedom.May is the Month of the Military Caregiver. According to the Military Benefits website, the month honors the hidden heroes who take care of our veterans. It may be a spouse whose shoulder an Airman with
  • Creating high performance through job satisfaction

    Do you like your job? Do your Airmen like their jobs? If you answered no, why? How you answer those questions can say a lot about your organization. Believe it or not, you can create a better workplace for your Airmen.At the bare basics, think about what people need and want from a job. Abraham Maslow’s book “A Theory of Human Motivation,” tells us
  • Lead people effectively not efficiently

    A good test of leadership is how your team reacts to a fire drill. In the moment of a crisis or exercise, will your team be professional or juvenile? How the team handles a drill or an exercise directly reflects on how well you prepared them.Throughout my career when conducting fire drills, I was instructed on my responsibility to get out of the
  • NCLS: What leadership looks like

    The U.S. Air Force recently held the 2019 National Character and Leadership Symposium at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and I was honored to be attend and represent the 28th Bomb Wing. I captured a variety of leadership perspectives in just a few short days. I learned about their leadership styles and how they conducted themselves in the profession of arms.
  • Editorial: We’ve come a long way since 1948, remember that this month

    We are a subgroup within a subgroup, a portion of the less than a percentage point of Americans who have answered their nation’s call and serve proudly in its defense. We are women in the United States Air Force.
  • A veteran’s legacy

    He served with Darby’s Rangers. He was a part of the 1st Special Service Force, also known as the Black Devils. He fought with the 474th Regimental Combat Team. His name was Kenneth G. Kerridge and he was my grandfather.
  • The time we saved a life

    As Airmen, we are constantly preparing to be ready for the worst days of our lives. We live by a fit to fight ethos and maintain readiness for the most extreme of emergency situations. Though, sometimes we realize we aren’t just prepared to fight for our lives and remember that we are trained to fight for every free life in the United States. My
  • Preventing suicide - starting with myself

        There is rarely a day that passes when I do not think of ending my own life.     Some days, my depression is an overwhelming weight to bear and it takes nearly everything I have just to push the thoughts away and get on with my routine.     Other days, and even on good ones, the thought creeps up out of nowhere – an insidious sense of doubt.
  • It’s okay to not be okay

    “I love you, baby bear. You’re the best thing that ever happened to me.” My mom said these words to me every day, for as long as I can remember. She would describe me as the light of her life who made the dark times feel better.
  • Differences in sorrow, memories: one year in Honor Guard

    “On behalf of the President of the United States, the United States Air Force and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation of your loved one’s honorable and faithful service.”
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