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  • 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.
  • Enlisted force development must remain a priority

    Every Citizen Airman is a vital asset to Air Force Reserve Command and enlisted force development is critical to cultivating leaders to succeed in strategic planning and executing mission operations.
  • 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.
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