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  • Turn COVID+ into a positive: donate plasma

    So, you tested positive for Covid-19 and immobilized your whole shop for two weeks?It happens.Okay maybe it doesn’t, but it happened to me.At the beginning of October I got a call from a friend I had recently been around. They tested positive and were doing their due diligence to alert those they had been in contact with.Despite the fact that I was
  • Diversity in disability

    As I reflect on last month, I am reminded how no two individuals will ever travel on the same path or share the exact same experiences. In other words, we are all different and even if we are raised in the same household, we each observe and perceive the world in our own unique way.
  • Volunteering in a pandemic

    In March of this year the Freedom Fighters of the 42nd Cyberspace Operations Squadron, like so many others around the world, found themselves in an unfamiliar paradigm. I had just started to get my feet under me as a squadron superintendent when a global pandemic changed almost everything about how we work, operate and interact with friends and family.
  • The Beauty of Diversity

    “Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.” -Mahatma GhandiAs a nation, I think we can all agree that we don’t always agree. But does that make us less human or more? Does it make our society stronger or weaker? Does it grow our influence or shrink it?I believe diverse backgrounds, respectful
  • Missed opportunities, lifetime of regret

    The day before one of my best friends tried to take his own life, he was laughing, joking and goofing around like he usually did.It was a normal March Florida day in 2001, and several of us were hanging out after class. We talked about the upcoming football season, the ongoing hockey season and whatever else came to mind.Though nearly everything
  • Reconciling good fortune during COVID-19

    It may be a little presumptuous of me to claim I have survivor’s guilt associated with COVID-19 considering it’s an on-going crisis. None of us will know who comes out the other side until we are already there. But, I believe we have been in this long enough to appreciate other people’s lives have been ruined. Entire households have been lost to this pandemic. So, why not me? Why not my family?
  • The best unit

    OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. -- Have you ever heard someone say, "The previous unit I was at was the best," or, "The unit I'm going to next is the best?" When I hear that, I usually think the person doesn't like their current unit. Also, it makes me wonder what makes a unit the best. The best times I’ve had were at units where I made an impact. For
  • Invisible Enemy

    JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-CHAPMAN TRAINING ANNEX, Texas -- If someone told me on December 31st of last year what was going to happen in the year 2020, I probably would’ve thought he or she was crazy and needed to talk to someone. I would’ve reached out to his or her leadership and asked them to keep an extra eye out for that individual. I think anyone
  • Remember Patience

    I hope you are having a good Air Force day. If not; patience grasshopper.For those who know me, I often come across as an impatient person. I like to think of myself as highly focused with a sense of urgency, but… sometimes not. Patience is a constant challenge I continue to battle and try to put into perspective. I sometimes have to remind myself
  • Public Affairs, now more than ever

    “I think of all the things we do right now, as leaders, perhaps the most important thing we do is to communicate, “Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. David L. Goldfein, April 1, 2020, Mitchell Institute podcast.When the COVID-19 pandemic ends, there will be a tsunami of editorials and think tank reports, each offering a laundry list of lessons learned
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