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  • Are you ready?

    Are you ready?Imagine that it’s 3:30 p.m. local time on a Friday and you’re looking forward to a rare treat, some down time over the weekend. It’s your time to catch up with the family, take care of some needed tasks at home, have fun with friends, and maybe get a little sleep. Things are winding down at work as everyone is getting ready for the
  • Silent Night… Watchful Night

    If you ever want to fully appreciate the definition of the word ‘silent,’ take a walk after midnight on Christmas Eve. More than any other time of year, the world is quieter, more peaceful and more serene. This past Christmas Eve, I took the opportunity to take a walk around Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station to visit our Airmen and civilians on
  • LIGHT ALWAYS COMES AFTER THE DARKNESS

    Have you read a dark book lately? Watched a dark or scary movie? Had a bright idea? Or come up with an enlightening thought? In English, dark images are often perceived negatively, while light means something positive and uplifting.
  • Set Goals, Not Resolutions in 2019!

    Every year, we set resolutions for the new year – the most popular resolutions include losing weight, paying off debt, saving money, exercising more, and quitting smoking. While we select these resolutions with the best of intentions, most New Year’s resolutions are forgotten and left to the wayside by upcoming spring. Why is this? According to
  • What does it really mean to be a Wingman

    Having served now for almost two decades I can say that the philosophies and training associated with being a Wingman have not really changed. At least twice a year, we come together as organizations and discuss the four pillars of Comprehensive Airman Fitness (Physical, Emotional, Spiritual and Social), deep-dive into the warning signs of depression or in severe cases suicidal ideations, and engage in a sport or fellowship activity to end the day. The training is designed to facilitate open dialogues so our past experiences can translate into lessons learned making us better wingmen. The training sessions are helpful, but what happens between those focus days? How do we care for each Airmen and properly react to their needs during the remaining 363 days in the year? I argue THAT is the real definition of a Wingman, the constant culmination of daily connections and the small acts of kindness show how we care for our brothers and sisters. What follows is the best example I have ever seen.
  • 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.
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