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  • My visit to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

    As I sat at my desk, devouring a turkey sub for dinner, I became embarrassingly engulfed into the Game of Thrones theory video I was watching.
  • Solidifying your purpose through volunteering

    MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.— The day my parents brought me home from the hospital, I was greeted by my mom’s dalmatian, Dallas. I had pets my whole life until I joined the Air Force in 2015.Leaving home at 18 and learning to live on your own is hard. The way I see it, leaving home at 18 and joining the military is harder — not only do you have
  • Three pounds, 11 ounces of resiliency

    In 2016 my husband and I found out I was pregnant with our second child and we were ecstatic. We had just bought our first home and the age gap between our first and second child would be three years, our "ideal" age gap. It was another girl, which is exactly what we were hoping for. We decided to name her Sadie Jean, after my husband's grandma. We were so excited for her to complete our family. We anxiously awaited her arrival, which was estimated as December 29, 2016. But we were in for a surprise.
  • Cherish every moment

    It’s 4 a.m., and a car parks outside the family home. Inside a proud father of two takes one last look at his daughter and son before hugging his wife and walking out the door.
  • The art of work, life balance

    As we progress through the enlisted and officer ranks, we start to gain additional tasks, duties and personnel concerns. Your career is no longer just about you, but includes the Airmen you lead on a daily basis. Sometimes we get so consumed with making sure the mission and the people are taken care of, we forget to take care of ourselves.
  • Proud of who I am, proud to serve

    My life has changed significantly both in the military and as a civilian since the repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” which was the military’s ban on gays and lesbians serving openly.
  • Memorial Day is not for me

    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- “Happy Memorial Day,” a greeting I’ve heard over the past few days here in the St. Louis area, but Memorial Day is not for me or those like me.  It’s for those who once stood strong, but now lay ever so still. In the modified words of Charles Dickens, it is for those who “have done a far better thing than I have ever
  • From brat to boots

    MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- I am a brat. Well, more like an Army brat but I am brat just the same. This means I am a proud child of an Army veteran, my dad.Since 1986, April has been designated as the Month of the Military Child to recognize the contributions and sacrifices children make for their military parents.Some of my earliest memories
  • My Iwo Jima experience

    Long before I stepped onto the KC-135 Stratotanker, I couldn’t contain my anticipation and excitement. I kept thinking about how great and rare of an opportunity I was being given.
  • AMC command chief highlights Mobility Airmen

    Happy Holidays! Air Mobility Command enjoyed an extremely successful year because of the work our Mobility Airmen do to accomplish the mission each day. Their commitment to excellence is unrivaled, and it shows with all they do. I must offer a tremendous THANK YOU to our Mobility Airmen and their families as well. Their families’ support and
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