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  • Airman’s Perspective: 19 OSS, Offutt AFB Professional Development TDY

    Sixteen members from the 19th Operations Support Squadron recently completed a unit professional development trip to Offutt Air Force Base where they had the opportunity to learn about a few diverse mission sets within Air Combat Command. This is the perspective of one of those members, Senior Airman Tiearra Ashe.
  • A Letter to my daughters: Look out and within, not up

    Recently, I heard someone talking about Diversity and Inclusion, a topic I am extremely passionate about. This person made reference to looking up at the wall of leadership pictures and not seeing someone who looks like them.  They suggested that since nobody looks like them in the C-suite, that it sends the message that they can’t survive and are not welcome in a leadership position in their company. While I acknowledge that this phenomenon does exist and nearly drove me to leave the Air Force at one point myself, I have a different message for you.  My future Airman and Guardian: stop looking up.  Instead, look out and within.
  • Resilience tips for managing life’s transitions, integrations

    As military members, we are expected to deploy and possibly relocate in many different environments to ensure organizational objectives and mission requirements are met.  As such, we will most certainly be exposed to different cultures that could result in a positive, negative, or challenging experience.  So, how can we ensure a positive transition and integration experience when challenged with environmental and cultural paradigm shifts?
  • Professional development: Big rocks first

    There is a remarkably effective object lesson about sand, rocks and water representing all the things you need to do and how to make them fit into your “jar” of life, and knowing how it works can give you more time to do the things that matter most. Spoiler alert: The secret to this puzzle is to put in the big rocks first!
  • Filling the 'white space'

    Quiet times of reflection are crucial to innovation and creativity. For me the best solutions, decisions, ideas, and connections develop when I am reflecting either by myself or with others, when I am taking time to listen with no agenda, when I am not in a rush to move on to the next event.
  • Resilience skills can help keep positive focus during turbulent times

    Resiliency is our ability to adapt and bounce back when things seem dark or don't go as planned and building resiliency is acquiring the tools necessary to handle whatever comes in our path. Resilient people don't dwell on headlines of doom and gloom and they don’t let influencers, media pundits, or politicians give them a false sense of reality. Resilient people acknowledge the situation, understand the context, learn from their mistakes, and move forward.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. birthday commemoration

    Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "When your character is built on spiritual and moral foundation, your contagious way of life will influence millions.” King influenced how Americans felt, thought and acted during the civil rights movement in the 1960s like no one had ever done before him. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "When your character is built on spiritual and moral foundation, your contagious way of life will influence millions.” King influenced how Americans felt, thought and acted during the civil rights movement in the 1960s like no one had ever done before him.
  • A different kind of home for the holidays

    While the U.S. still navigates the challenges brought on bought by COVID-19, 7,000 miles away in Djibouti, Africa, service members are finding new and creative ways to make our holidays special.
  • It is good to be home!

    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- As my family and I rolled through the gate at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Aug. 1, 2020, the first thought that crossed my mind was, "It is good to be home!" I am and have always been a Mobility Airman at heart, regardless of my duty position. The flightline was my office, and the world of aircraft generation, my
  • Feeling grateful: My cancer survival story

    Cancer is scary, treatment is chilling and nothing about cancer is fun. Every November is Men’s Health Awareness Month, but this “Movember,” it hit so much closer to home.
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