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  • 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
  • What's behind the smile?

    A few years ago, I wrote an article about smiling.  I tried to make it witty and funny, in an attempt to enlighten the hearts of Airmen in Korea.  I ranted on how smiles were contagious and made people look more confident and attractive.  I argued that forcing yourself to smile can literally change your mood.  I have no doubt that a smile is a
  • Leading the way: Acceptance, inclusion in today's military

    Inclusion and acceptance is an ongoing battle in today's Air Force.  It's something frequently highlighted in the media and by the general public.  Acceptance and inclusion is also something that is very special and held dearly in the United States and its military branches.  It's what sets us apart from other countries and their armed forces.When
  • 'I'm not just an Airman, I'm a spouse, and I can be both'

    Sometimes, all of my identities get hard to handle. No, I'm not a superhero with an alter-ego, but I do wear quite a few different hats. I am an active duty Airman, I am a mom, I am a daughter, I am a sister, and I also happen to be the spouse of an active duty servicemember.Dedication and loyalty are important to me, and I throw myself completely
  • Practice transparency, integrity with new inspection program

    From day one of joining the Air Force, we learn about our core values. We strive to uphold these core values to the highest level as a military member. All of the core values are near and dear to me, but recently it is integrity that I have started viewing in a different way.Integrity encompasses many traits and honesty is one of those traits.
  • Military Judge: 'Accused and counsel, please rise.'

    For those who have had to hear those words from a Military Judge, as they stood and realized that everyone was looking at them, it is one the most frightening experiences they have ever faced. And if they are accused of an Article 120 (i.e., sexual assault) offense under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, they could be facing up to life in
  • Let us sing

    Every morning in basic training we would recite the Airman's Creed and the Air Force song.It always gave me chills.Standing with my flight, my wingmen, we would cry out the verses - our voices echoing off the drill pad walls. It was our motivation to get through another day of training. We were unified and banded together by where we were, and who
  • Are you MAD or SAD?

    There are two distinct types of Airmen who serve: those who are here to Make a Difference (MAD) and those who are Selfish and Distracting (SAD).  Each of us was equipped to be MAD once we graduated initial military training and our various technical training schools; we had the basic skills in our respective career fields to be successful Airmen.