• 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.
  • Bridging Relationships – Breaking Down Barriers

    In 20+ years as an Air Force Financial Manager, there have been tremendous commanders in various missions and locations across the world. As an extension of the commander on all matters involving financial resources (from pens to people to planes), the relationship between the commander and FM is vital to mission success…honesty, consistency,
  • The importance of recognizing superior performers

    Recognition is a fundamental human need. It then follows recognizing Airmen is fundamental responsibility of leadership because taking care of Airmen is leader’s priority. As the adage goes, if a leader takes care of the people, the people will take care of the mission.
  • Month of the Military Child: My brat makes me proud

    Parents worry. It’s just what we do. We worry our child will get hurt. We worry we aren’t making the right decisions for them. We worry they’ve become irrevocably addicted to their iPad and that they really shouldn’t spend so much time watching videos of a 5-year-old millionaire open new toys.
  • Women's History: We all contribute

    It was a frigid day in January on a quiet hill-side cemetery just north of New Market, Iowa. Surrounded by friends and family, we bid farewell to my grandmother. As we departed on those dusty gravel roads, I remembered my childhood and how she’d had such a profound impact on my life.