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  • Scars of DUI: It ends with me

    As a young child, you don't think much if someone doesn't show up when they're supposed to because you have better, "more important" things to worry about; like bugs and dolls. They're just another shape flashing around you in your own little world.Occasionally, a child will stop and ask a question about the sky, or their toys, or where their
  • Always an Airman

    As my final commentary on active duty, I would like to start by thanking the men and women of the 62nd Airlift Wing for your outstanding performance and service. It has been my honor and privilege to be your vice wing commander over the past two years. I am humbled and eternally grateful for the continued sacrifices made by you and your families.As
  • CCAF reveals Airman's potential

    A Community College of the Air Force degree can mean a lot of different things, depending on who you ask.To some, it is something they need to get to attain the next rank. It's as simple as that, a stepping stone. Some will tell you it's the start of their education, a stop on their way to a bachelor's degree. Others may tell you it means they are
  • Focus on deliberate self-development

    I am an American Airman. I am a warrior. I have answered my nation's call. These words should resonate with each of us who have the honor and privilege of wearing the uniform. Each time I recite our creed, I feel a sense of pride. I hope every Airman reading this shares my sentiment. Each day you put on the uniform, you should do so knowing you
  • Expectations: Simple doesn't always mean easy

    Even if you are not consciously aware of it, you always have expectations. They are always there in everything we do, every day. One of the most common sources of stress in our lives is our expectations. They can create all sorts of difficulties such as misunderstandings, breakdown in communication, relationship clashes, work-related conflicts and
  • Scars of DUI: Red

    (EDITOR'S NOTE: The following article features graphic descriptions.)I remember the plush, green grass on my bare feet as I ran to the family station wagon for a trip to the local ice cream shop. My new outfit felt scratchy on my sunburned skin. It had been an exciting birthday party. The sun was beginning to set behind the trees, turning the
  • Take it from me--stay hydrated during summer heat

    Hydrate. It's a word that was constantly pounded into my head during basic training. If the training instructor didn't see us hydrating enough he would have us stop whatever we were doing to drink water. I never really understood how important it was to hydrate. I always knew water was important for my body and it was important for us to drink, but
  • What "Gay Pride" means to me

    When we think of pride, what are we talking about? As children we are taught that if we always do the right thing, we will be praised for our actions. Eventually, this emotion turns into pride. Pride is something that we as a society feel about our inner self. I remember in my youth, I was always praised to the highest standards for anything that I
  • Independence Day - Bold and Innovative Leadership

    As we take a moment to spend time with family and friends over the long holiday weekend, let us not forget what Independence Day truly represents-the birth of our great nation, as bold leaders stood up and declared our independence.     Our nation fought for and declared its independence 238 years ago, paving the way for the freedoms we still
  • Leadership Lessons: Who would you follow?

    Over the last year I have enjoyed reading articles from our wing leadership on their perspectives and experiences which have made them better leaders. I have great admiration for their words of wisdom and have benefited from their shared experiences.When I was asked to write a leadership piece I had a moment of hesitation because unlike my peers, I
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