• From the Top: Passing the Torch

    The ending of any assignment is bittersweet, and the end of this one is no different. As I prepare to transition into the next phase with my family, I am excited but also a bit sad. We have accomplished so much together over the last four years, and it will be hard to leave the incredible people and families in our Air Force Reserve. However, I am
  • Chief's View: Own Your Career; Own Your Path

    I believe it is absolutely critical for you to know what I value as your chief and what we are doing at the headquarters to help our Airmen succeed. My job is to provide you the tools, training and support you need to have a successful Air Force career, but to do that, you need to be proactive and own your own path. I want to take this opportunity
  • The Air Force Reserve: A heritage of innovation

    Col. Scott L. McLaughlin, 446th Airlift Wing commander, discusses his recent Capitol Hill Visit along with how the Rainier Wing is employing innovation to improve wing operations.
  • An adventure of a lifetime

    Everybody has their idea of what an “adventure of a lifetime” is for them. I got to realize one of those adventures recently as I was invited to attend the Army’s Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Georgia.Many events led to an invitation by the battalion commander of the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment to attend. He even invited me to stay
  • Yellow Ribbon attendee cites value of conference

    I recently attended a Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program conference held in Orlando, Fla., with my wife, DeAnne. This conference helped Airman who are deploying -- and their families – on how to manage life while the deployed member is gone.Since I work in Air Force public affairs, I’d already attended two of these events, but was with the group
  • Wounds within: a veteran, a PTSD therapist, and a nation unprepared

    I wish the story didn’t sound so familiar.On June 22, 2004, Marine Lance Cpl. Jeff Lucey used a hose to hang himself in the basement of his house in Belchertown, Mass. Surrounding him lay a semi-circle of photographs. In the center was Jeff Lucey’s platoon group photo from his deployment to Iraq.One year earlier, as a Marine Reserve truck driver in
  • The ‘Dirty Dozen’: what it means to serve as a Reservist

    When I was the spouse of a Reservist (which was the better part of my five years of marriage), I didn't get it. My husband would work his normal work week, then square away his uniform on Friday night for drill on Saturday and Sunday. Come Monday morning, he was back at work, and I had no concept of the toll it took - until I became a Reservist
  • Life goes on, but not the same

    Four years ago Jan. 12, I received a phone call that completely changed my life. I woke up to news that my best friend Robby had been killed. For several hours I felt paralyzed before I broke down. I poured through all the photo albums I had looking at pictures of us from when we were kids hanging out with all of our friends.It didn’t seem real.
  • Making resiliency a habit instead of a skill

    Let’s start with a little military history:Wars are a part of history and death are a part of wars. For the greatest part of history, when death accompanied war, in came in the form of infection and infectious diseases. Soldiers who died during military conflicts such as the Revolutionary War, Civil War and World War I were far more likely to die
  • Do the right thing … even if no one is watching

    It’s something that is drilled into us when we join the military – Integrity in all we do. But what does it mean to you and how do you incorporate it into all aspects of your life?When we act honestly and adhere to a moral code based on ideas of good and bad, we are exhibiting integrity. To put it simply, integrity is choosing right over