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Default Air Force Logo Analyzing failure, realizing success
The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Air Force, Defense Department or the U.S. Government."We have an issue. I'll call him in and figure out why he failed to..." said the supervisor who walked into my office that sunny day."Stop," I said, "find out the
0 2/04
2016
Three 22nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs Airmen reach out to Airman 1st Class Christopher Thornbury, front-center, Dec. 11, 2015, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Thornbury says his Air Force family has been with him for over a year and helped him through the loss of his son, Emmitt Alan Thornbury. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Colby Hardin) Finding strength, resiliency through Air Force family
I joined the military to provide for my family, but I never would have expected the challenges my family would face and how we would evolve.When I enlisted in the Air Force I joined another family without intent. This family has been with me ever since, especially during my family's darkest tragedy.FamilyAfter completing basic military training and
0 12/10
2015
Air Force Eagle Eyes Staying safe, remaining vigilant
If you've been watching the news lately, you've undoubtedly seen the tragic results of terrorism in Paris and other parts of the world; and you may have even heard about threats in the U.S.Should all of this concern us? Sure, to an extent. While running around scared there's a terrorist hiding behind every door or shrub is obviously extreme and
0 12/09
2015
Technical Sgt. Brandon Shapiro interviews retired Col. Harry Buzzett, a WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War veteran, Nov. 30, 2015 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. Buzzett is a WestPoint graduate who fought the Germans, Chinese, and Vietcong on the front lines of battle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brad Tipton)  WWII WestPoint grad's perspective on terrorism, ISIL
With the last surviving members of World War II averaging in their mid-nineties, I often wonder what thoughts these heroes may have about the evolution of war since the 1940s and the rise in terrorism.In the 70 years since WWII, America has fought in multiple wars and operations. It's safe to say that technology has significantly influenced war,
0 12/01
2015
Pilots from the 437th Airlift Wing conduct their preflight checks aboard a C-17 Globemaster III at Zaragoza, Spain, Nov. 7, 2015, during exercise Ultimate Reach 16-1. The exercise is an annual U.S. Transportation Command sponsored, live-fly exercise designed to test the ability of 18th Air Force to plan and conduct strategic airdrop missions with the 82nd Airborne Division. Four C-17 Globemaster IIIs from the 437th Airlift Squadron out of Joint Base Charleston, S.C., participated in a seven-ship formation to airdrop more than 500 U.S. Army and Spanish military jumpers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jared Trimarchi) Exercise Ultimate Reach up close
I have been part of the Air Force for five years, and I've seen numerous C-17 Globemaster III's in the air or heard them while spending time with my family. However, I never really thought about where the plane was heading or what was inside.After experiencing exercise Ultimate Reach 16-1 and traveling half-way around the world to airdrop the
0 11/13
2015
Lt. Col. John P. Hartigan III What I Want to Be When I Grow Up
As a young smart aleck, when people would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, my favorite response was, "A firetruck." I enjoyed the reactions I would get from that answer. Despite that joking response, I recognized the importance of the question and how much the answer could influence the direction of my life. Periodically, I think we all
0 11/05
2015
CMSgt Victoria Gamble, Air Mobility Command command chief A view of the world
Prior to entering U.S. Air Force basic training in July 1985, my view of the world consisted of my hometown family, friends and the local environment.  Since I came from a rural community, my view of the world was very small.  This is understandable since I was surrounded by people who had the same beliefs and were brought up in a similar
0 11/05
2015
Default Air Force Logo The path to resiliency
My personal story of resiliency started growing up in Bogota, Colombia where I learned that integrity pays off. During this time, I survived illegal drug cartel violence that killed thousands of Colombians each year. I am thankful I grew up during these difficult times, because I know that these experiences prepared me not only to survive, but to
0 11/04
2015
people graphic Focus on PEOPLE - not promotion
The new U.S. Air Force promotion and stratification process is a hot topic concerning our Airmen. When addressing recent chief's and shirt's panels, I have found it best to emphasize and encourage our Airmen to establish and follow a proven leadership philosophy. Too often our Airmen are focusing on the end result or the next promotion and not the
0 10/21
2015
Tech. Sgt. Sherrod Williams during his deployment to Afghanistan. He experienced ups and downs, but hopes to one day return and finish the work he started there. (Courtesy Photo) There I Was...
There I was deployed to Jalalabad, Afghanistan for 329 days.This was not my first deployment but it was my first deployment to Afghanistan. I deployed to Afghanistan as an Air Advisor to the Afghan Air Force. My job was to advise the Afghan Air Force on basic aviation maintenance, supply and contracting. From day one after arriving in Afghanistan I
0 10/06
2015
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