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  • There I Was...

    There I was deployed to Jalalabad, Afghanistan for 329 days.This was not my first deployment but it was my first deployment to Afghanistan. I deployed to Afghanistan as an Air Advisor to the Afghan Air Force. My job was to advise the Afghan Air Force on basic aviation maintenance, supply and contracting. From day one after arriving in Afghanistan I
  • Building wingmanship

    There are several benefits of serving in the military; traveling, life experiences and education just to name a few. But one of the biggest benefits we often don't utilize is our wingman.Different branches call it different things. The Army and Marines have battle buddies and the Navy and Coast Guard has shipmates. So regardless of the term, you
  • Chief's Commentary: Trophy denied

    In 2008, my son, Aaron, decided he wanted to play soccer.  We signed him up at the local recreation center in North Las Vegas.  We got him fitted with all the nicest apparel.  Of course, the nicer the apparel, the more points you'll score and wins you get, right?I joined him at his practices and games in the ungodly desert heat.  Before you knew
  • Follow up - it can be a matter of life and death

    She was a hero. She was someone who had the courage to act when it mattered most. She was a true wingman. She saw the warning signs of depression and suicidal ideations in a friend, she made the right calls, made the right decisions and her friend's life was saved. This Airman knew the warning signs well, because she had been there before.I had the
  • Money, manpower and minutes

    I'm about to make a big statement, so pay attention.I believe anything physically possible can be accomplished with the right amount of money, manpower and minutes. That's right. Anything. Just look at some of the amazing architecture and technology devised by the Romans, Egyptians and others throughout history. Look at where technology was 20
  • Top 10 Reasons I'll Miss AMC

    After spending more than a year leading the outstanding active duty, guard, reserve and civilian Airmen at Air Mobility Command, my time with you has come to an end. While I am incredibly honored to have been selected to continue serving our nation at U.S. Transportation Command, I cannot help but reflect on my time with the AMC community with
  • The Emperor Must Die

    Last month I read The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Sidhartha Mukherjee.  Mukherjee weaves his experience as an oncologist and cancer researcher into the history, treatment and prevention of cancer going as far back as 2500 B.C. While the historical accounts of diagnosis and treatment were fascinating, the role of prevention was
  • Happy Birthday America!

    Happy 4th of July to the Airmen, families and supporters of Dover Air Force Base! The 4th of July holiday provokes thoughts of fireworks, grilling, outdoor sports activities, parades, and gatherings with family and friends. John Adams, our second president, penned to his wife that this day would be commemorated for generations to come by "pomp and
  • Challenge yourself: Never give up, never quit

    I once read that newly created cells in our bodies do one of two things: they either begin to decay or they become more vital.These cells choose their path based on what we demand of them. If we are sedentary, our brains signal our cells to decay; but if we exercise, our cells get the signal that we need them to be strong and healthy. Likewise,
  • Mishap Prevention through Effective Communication

    One of the most effective ways to improve a safety culture and prevent mishaps is to optimize safety related communication throughout an organization. Unfortunately, we often fail to call a "time out" or "knock it off" when we observe risky behaviors even when we know we should.If you were to ask 100 random Airmen, nearly every single one of them
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