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  • 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.”
  • What Makes Me… Me

    “What makes you a specialist on resiliency?” After five years of doing this job, I was not prepared for this question. I fuddled through explaining my training and talked about how much I loved my job. But that question haunted me the rest of that day and a month later I still find myself mulling over it.
  • Technology helps family overcome deployment challenges

    Military life is not easy. The men and women who serve in our armed forces protect our freedoms and way of life. They make tremendous sacrifices along with their families in service to our country. Service members often have to endure times of separation from their loved ones, from a few days to a year. While the military member is away, the family is left to go on facing each day without their mother or father present. This can make military spouses often feel like single moms or dads.
  • Outstanding Airmen perform in austere conditions

    DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. -- Winter Storm Grayson has been unleashing its vengeance on the entire East Coast since 10 p.m. last night, pummeling Dover Air Force Base with seven inches of snow and a fierce 40 mph wind that chills to the bone. The Airmen with whom I have the pleasure of serving at Team Dover are bundled up with extra layers against
  • AMC command chief 2018 vision: Total Force Full Spectrum Readiness

    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- Mobility Airmen delivered mission success globally in 2017! I’m tremendously proud of each of you and humbled by your professionalism and dedication.
  • Physical therapy helped me recover from injury

    On July 12, 2017, at my home in Fairfield, California, the simple task of walking down the stairs met an extremely painful end. I was carrying a 32-inch TV and thought I was at the last step. Unfortunately, I wasn’t, and when I went to step on what I thought was the floor, all I caught was air.
  • AMC command chief reflects on 2017, 30-year career

    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- Happy holidays! It is a great honor to serve as your command chief. At the end of each year, I take time to reflect on all Air Mobility Command accomplishments over the year – and this command never ceases to amaze me! This year is no different. AMC enjoyed an extremely successful year because of our Mobility Airmen.
  • Growing as a leader through others

    MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. - Many consider leadership a trait you’re born with it, while some consider it a trait you hone and develop through reflection and feedback. I contend it is both—we all have leadership qualities within us, and it is our life experiences and interactions that shape them.My kindergarten teacher, Ms. Gleason, was easily
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