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  • 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.”
  • 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.
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