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  • Focusing on my Islamic faith helps make military service possible

    I thank God (Allah in Arabic) every single day that I was born into the Islamic faith. Islam is so pure, and without it I would not be the person I am today. My parents taught me to how to practice our faith from an early age. When I was five, I learned to pray all five Islamic daily prayers (the Fajr, Dhuhr, Asr, Maghrib and Isha’a). I was also taught to never eat pork, never drink alcohol and live a moral lifestyle.
  • Let’s talk Mental Health

    908th Director of Psychological Health, Ms. Amy Kemp-Wellmeier, discusses combating mental health issues during a pandemic.
  • There is more than one way to be an effective Leader

    In the last edition of the Southern Flyer I spoke about the leadership perspectives from Gen. Brown, Chief of Staff of the Air Force and Chief Master Sgt. Bass, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force. In this edition I would like to give you one of my perspectives on leadership. Always remember that the definition of leadership will vary depending on each individual’s experience and background.
  • Minutes of Success

    While there are numerous differences between active duty and the Reserve, the most difficult hurdle for me has been the consolidated timeline I have to be a successful and effective leader. As a supervisor while on active duty, I had my Airmen eight to 12 hours a day, five to six days a week. As a reservist, I may only have minutes with them during the monthly unit training assembly weekend.
  • Pride through a lens

    By definition pride is a feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.It is also a consciousness of one’s own dignity.Colloquially, in the LGBTQ+ community, Pride is a rainbow-heavy, month-long
  • Inspirational mother, wife, widow to showcase resilience at event

    This year’s Air Force Reserve Command Women’s History Month guest speaker is an inspirational example of resiliency, perseverance and devotion. Norma Shinno Irving Donlon, a Soldier’s widow, wife and mother, has devoted her life to advocating for Soldiers and their families while also standing up for people working Japanese-American redress issues.
  • My weakest “yes,” was my most courageous step

    One 301st Fighter Wing Reserve Citizen Airman shares how joining the U.S. Air Force Reserve helped her discover and develop resilient skill sets which strengthened her being despite living through abuse.
  • COVID 19: An Opportunity in Disguise?

    Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, "When it is dark enough, you can see the stars." Also, when it’s dark, sometimes good things happen. Almost overnight COVID-19 hit us and we are now in a challenging place. However, at the 52nd Network Warfare Squadron, we are used to trials and view this crisis as an opportunity.
  • Chat Money—Seize the Pandemic Opportunities

    Editor’s note: Kristy Tubbs, AFC, FFC, provides financial briefings for Air Force Reserve Command Yellow Ribbon events. As the founder of Piece of Heart Financial Counseling, she has been providing wealth building budgeting and financial workshops to service members and their families for the past 31 years.  Kristy is a member of the Association of
  • Turn COVID+ into a positive: donate plasma

    So, you tested positive for Covid-19 and immobilized your whole shop for two weeks?It happens.Okay maybe it doesn’t, but it happened to me.At the beginning of October I got a call from a friend I had recently been around. They tested positive and were doing their due diligence to alert those they had been in contact with.Despite the fact that I was
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