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  • Fairchild's fallen remembered... One year later "Freedom is Never Free"

    On Saturday, May 3, 2014, we will pause at 10 a.m. on our memorial walk near the chapel to unveil the Shell 77 memorial. It will be a short ceremony, it will be simple, it will be elegant--it will mirror the monument itself. The purpose of us gathering a year later is two-fold.One, we as a Fairchild family are gathering to tell the families, to
  • Professional Development - It's Everyone's Responsibility

    The U.S. Air Force requires much of us these days, and members of our profession of arms are busy meeting these demands. We must ensure we're not too busy to ignore our responsibility of continually developing each other. Mentoring, feedback sessions and counseling are all forms of professional development, often leading us to the thought that it's
  • Hope, signs of it, abound all around us

    Rummaging through a pile of unread books in my office one day, years ago, I came across a little volume by the author Michael Downey titled, "Hope Begins Where Hope Begins." Intrigued by the title, I found myself drawn in a personal reflection of which I have had countless times over the years, meditating on the power and importance of living life
  • Dedication to others helps us shine as individuals

    I have been an avid reader of leadership and motivation authors for many years and themes spliced together from two of my favorite authors have become integral to my approach to leadership success in the Air Force as well as life. As described in "Habit Two" in Stephen R. Covey's top-selling book, "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People," a
  • Finding light through darkness

    Keeping a secret that defines you, that has shaped your life for nearly three years now and is sure to shape the rest, a secret that you go to sleep with every night and wake to every morning is sometimes hard to keep trapped inside.I could probably go my entire life without revealing the sad truth that I was raped by another Airman, but to stay
  • What is your nametag's reputation?

    I have learned "growing up" as an Airman that I have a responsibility to protect the reputation of the nametag I wear next to my heart each and every day--the United States Air Force. It means that we are part of the greatest military ever known and we have a duty to uphold the high standards and reputation set by those who served before us. In
  • Fairchild's April SAPR Focus: Dragons Can Be Killed

    This is my second April in command where we pause for a moment to emphasize our efforts to eradicate sexual assaults in our military. Certainly, this is not just a focus for April, but warrants 365 and 24/7 vigilance to battle back the scourge within our ranks that continues to corrode our trust. I have three reflections looking back over my time
  • Live in the now

    The following is not a call for the masses to abandon career paths in order to join roaming bands of vagabonds along the coasts or to take up a hermit's quest for nirvana deep in the valleys of the Rocky Mountains. This is a request for each of us to take a second and live for today, live in the now. Too often, leaders become so focused on the
  • Taking off the training wheels, experiencing the Warrior Ride

    It's early Friday morning, and bitter cold, the kind of unwelcoming cold seldom felt in the morning air in the usually warm LowCountry. A frigid breeze seeps into my mouth and chills my blood from the inside out. I would've stayed inside my car all day, avoiding this unpleasant air if only I could. I sat in my car with the heat turned up, listening
  • The difference a day makes

    Editor's note: Senior Airman Keli J. Morgan has two very different passions. One is for his devotion to his duty as a medic for the 349th Aeromedical Staging Squadron at Travis Air Force Base. The other is mountain climbing, and not in a small way. In the fall of 2013, I reached the summit of Mount Whitney for the second time. As a medic, human