Commentary Search

  • Setting Yourself Up for Success in the New Year

    A new year brings new opportunities, a time to reflect on the previous year, and renewed hope of what can be in the year to come. As a result, many people feel compelled to make a “New Year’s Resolution” in which they will strive to modify their behavior in pursuit of a goal. However, statistics have shown that fewer than 10% of people who make these resolutions successfully see them through to fruition. Here are just a few tips to reverse that trend and set yourself up for success in 2018.
  • New Year's Resolutions - Why Change? Promise to keep doing the good stuff!

    Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colo. - Has anyone ever heard someone say “Starting in January, I’m going to exercise the same amount I do now”? Or “Last year was great! I’m going to do the same things this year”? Maybe “I feel good, so I’m not going to change my routine in 2018”? Probably not, but, why don’t we hear more things like this? Why are New Year’s resolutions always about ‘change’? Why don’t we hear more re-affirmation or commitments to the things we are doing right?
  • African American / Black History Month

    As 2018 begins, the 21st Space Wing Equal Opportunity Office hopes that individuals remain professional and respectful throughout the new year. When everyone treats each other in this manner, complaints are far and few.
  • Be grateful

    Happy New Year to the outstanding men and women of the 21st Space Wing and the Colorado Springs community! Over the past four months, I had the privilege to serve as the commander of a forward deployed space squadron as part of a joint, coalition team at an austere location in Northern Syria. Our elite team of Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines continue to work by, with and through regional partners such as the Syrian Democratic Forces to militarily defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in support of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR). I am forever grateful to serve my country alongside such an amazing team – it’s been the experience of a lifetime. This holiday season, I’d like to share some personal stories with you to help your New Year be just that much more enjoyable.
  • The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

    While the song certainly refers to special and meaningful parts of most typical Christmases, it can sometimes be a little different for those of us serving in the military. Sometimes we are able to take leave and travel home to spend time with family and friends or have them travel to wherever we are stationed to spend the holidays with us. When we have those opportunities, we are truly blessed and should be thankful that we have the chance to be together and reminisce about “the glories of Christmases long, long ago,” as the famous song also reminds.
  • Financial Health in the New Year

    Big holiday dinners with your family and friends, vacations to far-flung locations, and the joy on a child’s face when they open the perfect present. The holiday season is indeed full of priceless moments. But they don’t come cheap and those big dinners, travel expenses, piles of presents, and a myriad of other holiday-related expenses can do serious damage to any spending plan.
  • Taking care of Airmen

    It is likely that at some point in your career you have heard the phrase “taking care of Airmen” and may have even thought that this is a responsibility that falls solely within the realm of commanders, first sergeants and supervisors. While it is certainly true that those in leadership positions are entrusted with significant responsibilities in this area, we all have a role to significant role to play in this regard - followers, peers and leaders alike.

    Here I stand, watching as storm troopers, princesses, superheroes and many other “beings” frantically cruise past me. One would think I’d landed on a distant planet in a galaxy far, far away. In actuality, I was standing amidst a crowd of holiday vacationers at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, during recent leave with our daughter’s family. One doesn’t have to look much further than a “Disney experience” for lessons on managing holiday stress.
  • Rebalance with mindfulness

    Every day we face various life stressors — from work and challenging commutes, to family and home responsibilities. At times, just one small change to our schedule can leave us feeling overwhelmed. As such, being more mindful and fully present in our lives can help us regain a better sense of balance.
  • Be a Quitter

    About 36 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world. I don’t believe that deep down, anyone likes to be dependent on tobacco or any other substance. The problem is, it is hard to quit.