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  • On Service Before Self

    I had the opportunity in early December 2015 to run the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital half marathon in Memphis, Tennessee. It was my second time to participate in this fundraising event and run with a team founded by a friend who tragically lost her 3-year-old daughter to an incurable brain tumor.The difference between the first time and
  • Diversity: A defining strength

    In the history of American society, our diversity has been one of our greatest strengths and greatest struggles. The concept that our forefathers had for this country, one that is free and diverse, has been doubted many times. For example, Adolf Hitler believed that the melting pot nature of the United States would ultimately lead to our downfall,
  • Moneyball and the Air Force

    I've often been asked what books influenced me as a leader. The first book I mention usually turns heads; it's "Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game" by Michael Lewis. While some may have read the book, others are probably more familiar with the 2011 movie starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill.Moneyball is the story of the 2002 and 2003 Oakland
  • America’s Fortress: 50 years of defending the homeland

    April 20 marks a significant milestone in the history of national defense when Cheyenne Mountain celebrates its 50th anniversary. On that day in 1966, one of today's modern engineering marvels was declared fully operational and began its diligent vigil protecting the nation.But there is more to the history of "The Mountain" than its opening or this
  • 2016: Continuing Space Superiority

    2016 is starting off to be an exciting year full of big events. We'll elect a new President and Commander in Chief, the 2016 Summer Olympics will occur in festive Rio de Janeiro, and the Broncos will win the Super Bowl (OK, maybe that's up for wishful debate...) 2016 will also be a big year for space events. NASA's Juno spacecraft will reach
  • Happy Holidays

    The holiday season is right around the corner and it's a joyous time of year full of fun, winter activities, and quality time spent with both family and friends. Even though the holidays are a perfect time to celebrate the many blessings in our lives, sometimes unwanted stressors try to sneak into the celebration and ruin the holiday
  • Twenty Seconds of Courage and the Hard-Right Thing

    We Bought a Zoo. Have you seen it? In the movie Matt Damon's character tells his son that sometimes all you need is "just twenty seconds of insane courage..just twenty seconds of embarrassing bravery..and I promise you, something great will come of it."As a father myself, I am instilling in my son the importance of doing the right thing and that
  • Honoring Veterans through Wingmanship

    On November 11th, we honored the 22 million living Americans who have served in the armed forces of this nation. Some of us served when our country called on us during times of national peril, others volunteered because we felt it was the right thing to do. While there are a few key events that everyone who has worn the uniform can relate to (early
  • Veterans Day Remembrance

    Today there are about 23 million military veterans in the United States. Of those, nine million are older than 65; two million younger than 35; two million are women. Veterans come from all walks of life. They are parents, grandparents and children. They are your next door neighbor, your coworker, elected official or grocery store clerk.The first
  • Caring for Airmen at all levels

    I recently attended Noncommissioned Officer Academy and during that time I learned a lot.There was one thing that caught my attention, which was the discipline part of our lectures. Being a paralegal it hit home, especially being in the defense side. I have been a defense paralegal for three years, and during this time we have had clients that I