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  • Commentary: 3lbs, 11oz of Resiliency

    In 2016 my husband and I found out I was pregnant with our second child and we were ecstatic. We had just bought our first home and the age gap between our first and second child would be three years, our "ideal" age gap. It was another girl, which is exactly what we were hoping for. We decided to name her Sadie Jean, after my husband's grandma. We were so excited for her to complete our family. We anxiously awaited her arrival, which was estimated as December 29, 2016. But we were in for a surprise.
  • Mentoring is true leadership

    Recently I had the rare privilege of seeing a friend and counterpart retire after 36 years of service in the U.S. Air Force. Chief Master Sgt. Kirk Stewart retired effective July 25. He left with 36 years of knowledge and experience.
  • My life changed with repeal of DADT

    From my experience, my life has changed significantly in both the military and civilian life since the repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” which was the military’s ban on gays and lesbians serving openly. I commissioned into the U.S. Air Force in September 2009, and as I reflect back before the repeal of DADT on September 20, 2011, I cannot help but
  • A Modern Military Marriage

    Six years and four months ago I married my husband. I was 19 and completely ignorant to the commitment I just made.
  • Empower your Airmen

    Air Force leaders know achieving goals is important to every Airman. We all have ones we set for ourselves, and the ones set for us by others. As leaders - yes, every Airman is a leader - we have to work to reach our personal goals.
  • Priorities: “Maintaining aircraft control”

    There are plenty of ideas and tools floating around regarding prioritization; however, I believe the best tool I have ever been given is one I learned in pilot training over 25-years ago. It is very simple: when things are busy, or going wrong in an aircraft, the most important task is to fly the plane. Job one is always to maintain aircraft control. I believe the No. 1 priority for Air Force leaders is caring for our Airmen and their families.
  • These are the “Good Old Days”

    We’ve all heard it before. Throughout our careers, there was always some crusty senior noncommissioned officer peevishly saying, “Remember when we did x, y, or z? Those were the good old days.”
  • Heroes: my family, my friends

    "To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you." --Louis B. Smedes
  • Navigating the Reserve World

    After serving more than five years as an active duty Airman, I was confident in my abilities to be a successful leader and proficient in my career field while having a high understanding of the Air Force culture. As I transitioned into the Air Force Reserve, I assumed the adjustment would be seamless and was excited to continue serving my country while having more flexibility with my schedule.
  • Clean your Closets

    Spring is upon us and it is time to ‘clean your closets’ by reflecting on past accomplishments, and refocusing your future goals.
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