COMMENTARIES

  • A Message from the Air Mobility Command Chief

    In 1921, Wesley May demonstrated the first aerial refueling capability by walking and climbing on the wing of one airborne aircraft to another, 1000 feet above the earth, with a five-gallon can of gasoline strapped to his back. May, with pilots Frank Hawks and Earl Daugherty, proved the concept of

  • The indefinite temporary: 2020 teaches lessons in gratitude, personal growth

    In April, as much of the world was cooped up indoors, waiting out the first, deadly batch of cases during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, I was binge watching every episode of the classic American TV show “M*A*S*H.”One of my favorite episodes follows the gang at the 4077th through 1951 in a

  • Tyndall transfer: Part 1-The phone call

    Hurricane Michael was a category 5 hurricane that made landfall over Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 10, 2018. For the 11,000 members of Team Tyndall like myself and the countless others within the Panama City, Florida area, the days, weeks and months after that day still resonate.

  • Accelerate change – or lose

    Accelerating the change of the Air Force is only possible if we, as individual Airmen, also accelerate change. We must find the best solutions and best ideas and adopt the best technology has to offer in order to maintain our place as the best Air Force that the world has ever seen. In order to do

  • The importance of diversity … of experience

    The Air Force continues to drive home the importance of diversity and rightfully so. We all make better decisions by surrounding ourselves with people who don’t look, think and act like we do. We also need to diversify ourselves and get outside of our functionally aligned, operational squadron

  • Missed opportunities, lifetime of regret

    F. E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. -- The day before one of my best friends tried to take his own life, he was laughing, joking and goofing around like he usually did.It was a normal March Florida day in 2001, and several of us were hanging out after class. We talked about the upcoming football

  • Your life is precious

    Suicide is a tragic event, and I can’t imagine all the different stories that lead up to someone taking their life. Know this: Your life makes an imprint upon others in ways beyond what you can imagine. As a pastor and a chaplain, I urge every reader of this commentary to consider that their very

  • The big picture

    EO incidents happen for a reason, and they create opportunities – opportunities for people to learn from one other. The driving force behind many of the complaints that I have had the unfortunate pleasure to process is lack of communication. Communication will allow you to resolve concerns at the

  • The letter to my mom – Beyond the blue

    It is not what happens in life that makes me who I am, but it's how I am able to overcome obstacles that I face. Going through abuse shaped the way I thought, made me question who I trust and even changed my perspective on life. As a child, I was molested for years by my ex-step-father — someone I