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  • The Empowerment Imperative

    In one of those right place at the right time moments, I was in the EUCOM Operations Center in April 2018 to witness the launch of a combined US and Allied missile strike on Syria in response to a Syrian chemical weapons attack on civilians.  From this vantage point, I witnessed an awe-inspiring

  • Leadership thoughts

    One of my favorite things about the military is our focus on people, which drives us to spend a lot of time developing others. I’ve picked up a lesson or two over the years and I try to pass on tidbits to my team to help them find their way through their careers. As a prior Airman Leadership School

  • I'm with you

    Many of you have heard or experienced that the higher you are in the chain of command the lonelier it becomes. First Sergeants turn to other First Sergeants, Chiefs to other Chiefs, Commanders to other Commanders, the unit triad to each other. One thing I have learned as a First Sergeant is that

  • Three questions for your journey

    I have the privilege of meeting with Airmen every day. Sometimes it is for joyful events such as promotions or awards, but other times it is for more deliberate counseling or course corrections.Whatever the circumstance, I find that the conversation eventually evolves to the point where I ask some

  • Choosing the fuse: my take on mindfulness

    The projector beamed its predictable power-point display onto the white backdrop drooping from the ceiling above us. To kick off this three-day professional development seminar, a senior NCO prompted a question: “What is mindfulness?”As the anxiety-ridden individual I am, I refrained from answering

  • Our history, our community

    Black History Month is when we set aside time to recognize, remember and celebrate the history of the black community. Our nation pauses to remember trailblazers who left their mark on the world. We celebrate the past as we look to the future. We celebrate the lives of iconic black leaders like U.S.

  • Airman PES offers insight

    How does the Air Force view Airmen who make mistakes? Does it push them out, or does it give them the tools to recover?

  • Refuting 4 ‘Tooth’ Fairy Tales

    As parents, we are completely invested in ensuring our child’s health and well-being. However, many of us may find it can be very difficult to decipher fact from myth when it comes to oral health. Below you will find a few of the most common misleading myths about children’s dental health that have

  • The power of communication

    The name of the English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton might not be familiar to many people, but they may know his famous quote, “The pen is mightier than the sword.”My objective in this article is not to convince the reader that words win over swords, but to illustrate the ability communication has to