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Default Air Force Logo Growing as a leader through others
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. - Many consider leadership a trait you’re born with it, while some consider it a trait you hone and develop through reflection and feedback. I contend it is both—we all have leadership qualities within us, and it is our life experiences and interactions that shape them.My kindergarten teacher, Ms. Gleason, was easily
0 11/01
2017
A flag hangs from a highway overpass that reads “Estamos de pie,” in Caguas, Puerto Rico, Oct. 2, 2017. “Estamos de pie” translates to “We are standing,” which is meant to motivate people to stay strong and overcome the disaster left behind Hurricane Maria. My visit to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria
As I sat at my desk, devouring a turkey sub for dinner, I became embarrassingly engulfed into the Game of Thrones theory video I was watching.
0 10/20
2017
A child with a dog Solidifying your purpose through volunteering
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.— The day my parents brought me home from the hospital, I was greeted by my mom’s dalmatian, Dallas. I had pets my whole life until I joined the Air Force in 2015.Leaving home at 18 and learning to live on your own is hard. The way I see it, leaving home at 18 and joining the military is harder — not only do you have
0 10/05
2017
Senior Airman Shelby Horn poses for a portrait with her daughter Sadie Three pounds, 11 ounces 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.
0 9/19
2017
Tech. Sgt. James Hodgman, 60th Air Mobility Wing, shares what being a military father means to him and encourages all military parents to cherish every moment with their children. (U.S. Air Force photo). Cherish every moment
It’s 4 a.m., and a car parks outside the family home. Inside a proud father of two takes one last look at his daughter and son before hugging his wife and walking out the door.
0 7/18
2017
Chief Master Sgt. Derrick Harrison, 621st Air Mobility Advisory Group, shares some thoughts on the importance of balancing work with personal commitments. (U.S. Air Force photo) The art of work, life balance
As we progress through the enlisted and officer ranks, we start to gain additional tasks, duties and personnel concerns. Your career is no longer just about you, but includes the Airmen you lead on a daily basis. Sometimes we get so consumed with making sure the mission and the people are taken care of, we forget to take care of ourselves.
0 7/18
2017
Default Air Force Logo Proud of who I am, proud to serve
My life has changed significantly both in the military and as a civilian since the repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” which was the military’s ban on gays and lesbians serving openly.
0 6/27
2017
Memorial Day Graphic Memorial Day is not for me
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- “Happy Memorial Day,” a greeting I’ve heard over the past few days here in the St. Louis area, but Memorial Day is not for me or those like me.  It’s for those who once stood strong, but now lay ever so still. In the modified words of Charles Dickens, it is for those who “have done a far better thing than I have ever
0 5/26
2017
Default Air Force Logo From brat to boots
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- I am a brat. Well, more like an Army brat but I am brat just the same. This means I am a proud child of an Army veteran, my dad.Since 1986, April has been designated as the Month of the Military Child to recognize the contributions and sacrifices children make for their military parents.Some of my earliest memories
0 4/26
2017
U.S. Air Force Airmen from Kadena Air Base, Japan, walk along a trail to Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, Jan. 12, 2017. Airmen from different units throughout Kadena were selected for this special trip as part of a professional military education outing to learn about the battle of Iwo Jima. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lynette M. Rolen/Released) My Iwo Jima experience
Long before I stepped onto the KC-135 Stratotanker, I couldn’t contain my anticipation and excitement. I kept thinking about how great and rare of an opportunity I was being given.
0 2/03
2017
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