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  • 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
  • The Farmer and the Hollow Tree

    I keep nearby a book titled Lincoln on Leadership, by Donald T. Phillips. In the book, the author relates how President Lincoln used several anecdotes to inspire his listeners, from department secretaries and generals, to soldiers and cabinet members. Over a hundred and fifty years later his stories continue to provide today's readers lessons on
  • Bloom Where You’re Planted

    It happens all the time; we've all heard it. "This job won't get me promoted," or "If I don't get the stratification, I have no chance of promotion." I've heard it from both officers and enlisted. I've heard it from old and young. And now with the forced distribution of ratings in the new Enlisted Performance Report system, I hear it with a hint of
  • Resiliency… Who Knew?

    My last article discussed taking on a different perspective regarding sexual assault and suicide prevention. Specifically, that the training is not about us but others. When we take the training, we know not to exhibit certain behaviors or associated conduct; however, we should be mindful of how the training can help others. We should fight the
  • Innovation: Never stop improving

    "Another article on innovation?" you say. I don't have to tell you that there are more challenges across the Air Force than any time that I can recall: manning reductions, reduced budgets, infrastructure we can no longer afford, new requirements; response to advanced cyber threats, and the cherry on top, sequestration. As a result, our leaders
  • Where were you on 9/11?

    It was a normal school day in Great Falls, Montana. My younger sister, Danielle, and I were barely awake, brushing our teeth, when we heard Mom scream in shock in the next room.Danielle and I, with our tooth brushes hanging out of our mouths, watched the news trying to comprehend if it was real. Why would this happen? Why all of those people? Just