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  • Lest we forget

    Seventeen years ago our nation experienced one of the most tragic days in its existence. The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon changed the country forever.
  • Lessons from failure

    Thirty-two. Thirty-three. Thirty-four. Thirty-five -- time’s up. Somewhere in Texas a senior airman failed his fitness test. He couldn’t complete the minimum requirement for abdominal crunches. Dragging himself back to his car, ashamed and furious with himself, he realized that he was now one of those Airmen he looked down on for failing their
  • Catalyze the change

    “The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise – with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew.” – Abraham LincolnLincoln saw it coming from a mile away and change, the instance of becoming different, is now upon us. Without a doubt, we
  • A little care goes a long way

    The seventh week of Basic Military Training hit Flight 176 like a ton of bricks. The stressors from the last few weeks weighed on the 50 trainees as we finally started to see a light at the end of the tunnel. There were only a few obstacles standing between our transition from trainees to Airmen. One of which wore a navy blue campaign hat with a
  • More than the mission

    The next war will be won with discipline, aggressiveness and creativity in the execution of assigned missions. Execution of our mission is our purpose behind service. This requires sacrifice and the highest calling of all ranks and responsibilities. Mission success is not guaranteed without properly organized, trained and equipped Airmen, but
  • Warrior Ethos

    The crux of military law is to maintain good order and discipline in the pursuit of promoting justice and effectiveness in the military establishment. The Warrior’s Ethos further exemplifies these principals, representing the ideals that drive military law through physical and moral courage. Former Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley
  • Dignity and Respect: United We Prevail

    Dignity and respect are terms we have heard echoed up and down the chain of command. These words are more than a description of an ideal end state but a call to action, a foundation upon which to conduct both our professional and personal lives. Applying them requires self-reflection, self-awareness, and the willingness to accept realities that may
  • Thule Air Base, Greenland: It will surprise you

    Before my arrival at Thule Air Base, Greenland, I received three reactions when I told people where I was going. Feedback ranged from, “I didn’t know the base existed,” or “I thought it was shut down a long time ago,” to “… that’s pretty cool.”  Cool (no pun intended), doesn’t even begin to describe a place that looks like another world. This is
  • Unsung Mission Partners

    When we think about readiness and being ready to fight tonight, we tend to focus our attention to the men and women who serve in uniform. As many of you already know, the 21st Operations Group has a global presence and we are always vigilant and always ready for the fight, wherever we find ourselves.  In the 21st Operations Group, we have men and
  • Mind over cancer

    Almost four years ago I received some troubling news. After discovering a small lump in my neck, I was diagnosed with stage 4 medullary thyroid cancer and informed that the five to 10-year survival rate for my condition was about 50 percent.