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  • Uncertainty

    "We are facing…a security environment more complex and volatile than any we have experienced in recent memory." - 2018 National Defense Strategy Undoubtedly, we are operating in an uncertain strategic environment which exacerbates operational and tactical uncertainty. Leaders must be ready to execute through a wide range of outcomes. Just as our
  • The holiday season…a time to reflect, relax, and recharge!

    With Halloween past us, my attention now turns to the upcoming holiday season. It can be a stressful season with decorating, cooking, hosting the influx of house guests, and the pressure to find the perfect gifts for all our loved ones. Despite all this, it is still my favorite time of year! I look forward to seeing family and friends, seeing the joy on my children’s faces as we enjoy our family traditions, and the break from our normal routine and obligations. However, amidst all the festivities it is easy to forget to actually rest! Be present and mindful in your choices this holiday season and try a few of my favorite ways to relax and re-charge.
  • Emotional intelligence

    An often overlooked indicator of leadership success can be found in one’s level of emotional intelligence. While at the Air War College last year, I was able to participate in lessons on emotional intelligence as one of our core courses of study. These lessons were a useful look at how anyone can take their leadership skills to the next level. The
  • Fiscal Responsibility In the New Year – Every Airman’s Charge

    A few weeks ago we closed out a successful Fiscal Year 2018. We saw significant increases to our defense budget as the president and Congress showed their support to modernize the military, sustain ongoing readiness recovery efforts and ensure we’re prepared for future conflicts with a $654 billion budget. At the 21st Space Wing, we executed a $353
  • Winter Resiliency

    As the season transitions from the summer mania of outdoor activities to the dark and quiet winter months, special consideration and preparation should be taken to be ready. Just because the weather is cold and dark doesn’t mean there are fewer activities or ways for Airmen and their families to stay resilient.
  • Holidays in a remote location: taking care of Airmen

    Celebrating holidays in a remote location is a unique experience. Thule Air Base, Greenland is 750 miles above the Arctic Circle with exceptional geographical, environmental, logistical and personal challenges. Many service members have come and gone since 1951, and more will come and go after us. At the 821st Air Base Group, we are overcoming
  • Touring CMAFS an eye-opening experience

    Having lived in Colorado Springs for 13 years, I’m sad I was uneducated on what military bases were located here and what their significance was to this city and for our protection.  My only experience and interaction with the Air Force and military started in January 2018, when I was hired as a contract writer for the 21st Space Wing Public
  • 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
  • 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
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