COMMENTARIES

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.