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  • Marvel’s Black Panther sets the tone for leaders everywhere

    My family and I had movie night a couple of weeks ago and as I was watching, I was immediately struck by the leadership modeling prevalent in the movie. For years, Air Force Professional Military Education has had leaders watch the movie “Twelve O’Clock High” as a portrayal of leadership examples, as part of the curriculum.
  • Throwing wrenches

    I’ve become a master at throwing wrenches.
  • If I’m deployed, how will Santa find me?

    When I was a kid, I’d often travel from North Carolina to Georgia to spend Christmas with my grandparents. Although I was eager to arrive so I could eat my weight in freshly baked oatmeal cookies, there was one concern that would inevitably fill me with dread: if I’m not at my official home of record in Santa’s database, how would he know where to
  • 5 steps to get you on the road to enjoy running

    My recruiter told me to start exercising regularly to prepare for boot camp, since I’d be shipping out in a matter of weeks. I told him not to worry as I lit a cigarette, filling my grungy lungs with black tar.
  • Patriot Warrior: Reserve Citizen Airmen lead the way

    For nearly 70 years, the Air Force Reserve has served as a cornerstone to the defense of our nation by providing combat-ready forces to meet the needs of commanders all over the world.
  • My life changed with repeal of DADT

    From my experience, my life has changed significantly in both the military and civilian life since the repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” which was the military’s ban on gays and lesbians serving openly.I commissioned into the U.S. Air Force in September 2009, and as I reflect back before the repeal of DADT on September 20, 2011, I cannot help but
  • A father’s love for his children – and the 80s

    I’m a child of the 80s, through and through. I still have an old Nintendo I used to play on, with games like Metroid and Super Mario Bros. sitting on my shelf. I have a Walkman cassette player and headphones, with an actual mix tape I painstakingly recorded. I still have a Trapper Keeper binder I lug around with me in my backpack, stuffed with
  • Teamwork more important than ever during uncertain times

    The week before Memorial Day I flew as part of a large formation exercise of 21 mighty C-17 Globemaster IIIs alongside our active-duty and Army partners. I was reminded in a poignant way – times are uncertain and we could get “the call” at any moment. Multiple hotspots exist in just about every corner of the globe, and over the past few years we’ve been constantly called on to perform more with less. Joint teamwork and exercises like this are more relevant and more important than ever to help keep us all at the top of our game.
  • Hurricane Season 2017 – be safe, be smart, be prepared

    It seems as if we are always receiving briefs concerning the importance of being prepared. Prepared for our next fitness test, prepared for our next deployment and, around here, to be prepared for dangerous weather. Well, it’s that time of year again as June 1 marks the beginning of hurricane season, which runs through the end of November.
  • When preparation meets opportunity

    An inside look at the public affairs development team as they shape the career field through individual Reserve Officer Development Plans.
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