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  • Leave an enduring legacy to the Air Force

    In the 19 years I've served in the Air Force, I've contemplated the quality of the Airman we enlist on numerous occasions.I'm not saying the entire enlisted force is going down the drain, because it isn't. In fact, I feel the quality of our Airmen has actually risen. They are smarter, in many aspects, than we older guys were when we joined. I have
  • Lifelong fitness enhances your professional, personal fitness

    "Can you believe all the things exercise has allowed you to do?" my wife asked me a few weeks ago as she looked at some of the pictures of all my races, competitions and collegiate competitions.More than 10 years ago when I told myself I was going to pursue different athletic endeavors every year, some of my college friends told me it was
  • Walk a mile in their shoes

    Death. Work. Stress. Divorce. Custody disputes. Finding a balance.When I had substantial problems in my life, I didn't handle them like everyone else.I cut myself.I thought I was dealing with everything well. I felt like I was okay and still wore a smile. However, on the inside I was screaming with pain.My entire life was crumbling around me. I had
  • The Feedback Challenge

    Quite possibly the most horrific psychology experiment ever conducted the so-called, "Monster Study", relied on unethical methods to determine the effects of positive and negative speech therapy on children. Wendell Johnson of the University of Iowa selected 22 orphan children, some with stutters and some without. He engaged the stutterers in
  • Calibrating your moral compass

    The United States is recognized throughout the world as a superpower. With this title, our nation has the responsibility of managing world events, providing humanitarian aid and defending vital interest. These responsibilities are met through the use of advisors, agencies and departments. The United States Air Force is one department that has the
  • Asking for help is courageous

    In the 1990's it was not uncommon for an Airman to hear the phrase "Suck it up!" It was also rare to find the supervisor who would encourage Airmen to seek help to work through mental health concerns. It seemed the Senior Noncommissioned Officers were worried more about maintaining the appearance of a strong and ready force. Unbeknownst to them,
  • From Airman to Mommy

    It's 5:15 A.M., my alarm goes off and I roll out of bed and begin to put on the U.S. Air Force uniform and prepare for work at 7:30 A.M. Some may be wondering why so early, well not only do I have to prepare myself for duty, but I have to get my two children ready for their day and yes I do it alone. My Air Force career is different than some, but
  • AMC commander talks innovation vs. invention

    This past October marked our twelfth year of sustained combat operations in Afghanistan. During more than a decade of war, you've proven you are part of the best trained and equipped Air Force the world has ever known. You've attained that distinction by doing things right. Doing things right includes following a disciplined approach to executing
  • Dinosaurs and Baseball -- a Lesson in Innovation and Heritage.

    Congrats to the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox! Now, before I get inundated with calls from die-hard Cardinals fans (the hometown team for our very own Air Mobility Command at Scott AFB, Ill.), let me explain where I'm going here. The Red Sox latest championship reminded me of the 2011 movie "Moneyball." Without ruining too much of the
  • Have you "made it"?

    Back where I'm from, it is believed once you have gotten into the Air Force you've made it.Do you feel like you've made it? In the past, I have leisurely debated that question in my mind. But it wasn't until this week that someone asked me if I feel satisfied, fulfilled, accomplished, or do I feel as if I have made it?The definition of "making it"