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  • AMC commander: unleash Airman innovation

    I have had the privilege of working for the men and women of Air Mobility Command for 7 months now. I quickly came to appreciate the incredible capacity of this exceptionally talented force – the force necessary to ensure we continue achieving mobility objectives in any environment. Before I took command of AMC, I reflected on the heritage of the
  • Stay or Go?

    Recently, you both asked me the question, “Why should I stay in the Air Force beyond my commitment?”
  • Rich Butler – impacting the galaxy

    On Aug. 6, 2018, 50 years after the first flight of the C-5 Galaxy, the Air Force and Lockheed Martin completed its last C-5M Super Galaxy upgrade. On that flight was Air Mobility Command’s C-5 requirements manager. For Rich Butler, this was an 18-years-in-waiting, memorable moment. A short conversation with the man is all it took to make another memorable moment for me.
  • Exciting Times to be an Airman

    DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. — Reflecting back on the last decade of the Air Force, just like everything in life, there have been a few highs and lows. However, I believe this is a very exciting time to serve in the United States Air Force. We are focusing on re-growing the force, developing our Airmen, and transforming our service; and the exciting
  • Are you blooming where you are planted?

    I love to garden and be outside. This Spring, my husband and I decided it was time to start establishing our property and planted over 60 saplings.
  • We keep 'em movin', we keep 'em livin'

    Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan -- Our En Route Patient Staging System (ERPSS) motto has been “We keep ‘em movin'.'” This we proudly chant at role calls and our wing command events back at Travis. However, upon boots to sand in April 2018 at the Craig Joint Theater Hospital, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, our team of 16 from the 349th Aeromedical
  • The time I was hit by a truck

    On June 23rd, 2012, I was hit by a truck as I crossed the street in St. Louis, Missouri. A white pickup truck ran a red light, hit me and then rolled over top of me. It was a hit and run and the police were unable to identify the driver. The last thing I remember is seeing a flash of headlights out of the corner of my eye.
  • More than a photo-op: Participating in JB Charleston's mobility exercise

    Editorial note: This commentary was originally written by a Joint Base Charleston honorary commander for a civilian audience detailing his experience participating in this year's large formation exercise. Honorary commanders are key members of the community who help increase public awareness and understanding of the JB Charleston mission.
  • Not Getting Promoted… It’ll happen to all of us one day

    When promotion results are released, there’s not much published about how to deal with the disappointment of not getting promoted, accepted into a special program, or leadership position. Eventually we will all be disappointed. It’ll occur sooner for some than others, but it’s something you can expect during your career. Here’s some advice to help you prepare:
  • Taking opportunities

    Earlier this year, my supervisor asked me, “Hey Carnell, would you mind going to Honor Guard training starting Monday?” My first thoughts were that something must have changed with my wingman’s schedule in our shop. We both intended doing Honor Guard and our leadership chose him to go first. As I had planned on going second, I was not looking forward to the sudden schedule change. My response to my supervisor was, “Yes, ma’am.”