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  • Transitions: Reserve helps Airman find balance she craves

    As I sat in the lobby of the military personnel section at Travis Air Force Base, California, waiting for my active duty career to wrap up, my mind was filled with competing emotions.On one side, there was disappointment in myself for not continuing with my career. The Air Force had provided me with a foundation of success: a college education,
  • Lessons from failure

    Thirty-two. Thirty-three. Thirty-four. Thirty-five -- time’s up. Somewhere in Texas a senior airman failed his fitness test. He couldn’t complete the minimum requirement for abdominal crunches.Dragging himself back to his car, ashamed and furious with himself, he realized that he was now one of those Airmen he looked down on for failing their
  • Challenging conventional wisdom with creative messages

    There are numerous business books on the market intended to help guide improvement activities for organizations. One book I particularly like is titled “If it Ain’t Broke. Break It!: And Other Unconventional Wisdom for a Changing Business World” by Robert J. Kriegel and Louis Palter.
  • Service, 96th FTS-style

    “Thank you for your service.”  How does it feel when you’re in uniform and hear those words? We take those words for granted. It always makes me feel a little awkward. I don’t really know how to reply. Most often, I reply with a simple “thank you” and a half-hearted smile. I know that a “thank you for your service” is not just for me but for the
  • Turning fitness into a privilege

    Col. Sean P. Pierce, 446th Airlift Wing commander, discusses his re-invigoration of fitness for June's Men's Health Month.
  • Tough jobs: How one reservist copes with tragedy

    I couldn’t do your job!I don’t know how you do it?How do you deal with it, seeing the things you do?These are three things I hear all of the time when people find out what my civilian job is. My response to this has always been, “Most people can’t and shouldn’t have to. Someone has to do it. And, I just do.” Now I know these do not seem to be good
  • Get ready, Stay Ready; More than a mantra

    We’ve all heard it a million times over. Get ready, stay ready. The beauty of it all is that our military exists in a global climate where it’s incumbent upon us to always be in a constant state of the latter. The airmen to the right and left of us need it, but more importantly, our nation depends on it.
  • Celebrating 30 years as a Reservist, Air Force Reserve’s 70th Anniversary

    The Air Force Reserve’s 70th anniversary coincided nicely with my own 30-year mark as a part-time GI
  • Aviation Maintenance Technician Day recognizes those who keep the dream of flying alive

    As an Air Force aviation mechanic on HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters at the 920th Rescue Wing, I would like to take time out May 24, to honor all of the Air Force's men and women who have worked behind the scenes making and keeping aviation possible, the unsung heroes charged with keeping our aircraft flying. Aviation Maintenance Technician Day is a
  • Communication -- an essential element of success

    Good communication -- sounds simple, but it is actually a complex endeavor. Broken down into its most basic form, the communication process involves a sender, the message, the medium by which the message is transmitted, and a receiver.
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