Commentary: Be of good character

BRIG. GEN. KARL MCGREGOR, U.S. Air Forces Central
February 25, 2016
AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar — “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character,” said Martin Luther King Jr., in one of his most famous speeches.Character is what’s deep inside each of us, it’s who we are on a daily basis, it’s who we are when things go well and more importantly... Read more

Commentary: Growing in stress

February 18, 2016
In the fall of 2014, my family learned that we would be moving to Hill Air Force Base. This was to be our fifth move in as many years, with a brief 6-month stint in Okinawa, Japan. For a family of seven people, these sudden relocations had major impacts not only on us, but on the communities we inhabited. Some of the damage we still feel today — many relationships in my family will likely... Read more
PATTI DYBDAHL, Air Force Personnel Center Airman and Family Readiness Support Branch
February 18, 2016
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — In today’s Air Force you would be hard-pressed to find a person who hasn’t heard of the Key Spouse Program, but do you really know what a “key spouse” is?The Key Spouse Program is made up of a cadre of volunteers committed to building a strong Air Force community. Key spouses work within a squadron to help connect families to information and support... Read more
February 11, 2016
Originally observed only as Washington’s Birthday to celebrate the life and accomplishments of our first president, Presidents Day has expanded to honor all presidents of the United States.Each president is unique in contributing to the shaping of our country. The first president, George Washington, was the Electoral College’s unanimous choice for president, and he served as a unifying force for... Read more
COL. RYAN SAMUELSON, 379th Expeditionary Operations Group
February 11, 2016
AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar — “We have an issue. I’ll call him in and figure out why he failed to …” said the supervisor who walked into my office that sunny day.“Stop,” I said, “find out the facts, let me see the outcome of the mistake, and let me see if I own it before you say he failed.” A puzzled look from the supervisor ensued. The details of the individual and the failure are... Read more
COL. TODD L. OSGOOD, 379th Expeditionary Medical Group
February 4, 2016
AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar — Good communication is a key element of successful organizations. As leaders, managers, or supervisors, we’re sometimes so focused on communicating the “what” or the “how” that we fail to explain why the work someone is doing is so important.Other times, we make decisions that impact work priorities or cause significant change, but don’t explain “why.”There are many... Read more
February 4, 2016
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Will you make a difference in someone else’s life today? We have all heard someone say, “Take care of your people and their families.” Have you ever stopped to think why we hear this so often?As Airmen, our No. 1 responsibility is to accomplish the mission. However, without smart, dedicated, hard-working people and the unconditional support of their families,... Read more
AIRMAN 1ST CLASS CONNOR J. MARTH, 366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
January 28, 2016
MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — My legs wobbled as the grueling gusts of wind forced me to take a knee. I looked ahead as tears welled in my eyes from the harsh wind. I was almost there, but my poor planning was starting to affect things.The sun was setting, which meant I was losing light fast. With each step, the shadows became longer. I knew I had to make a decision, turn back now and... Read more

Commentary: The courage to continue

CHAPLAIN (LT. COL.) DWAYNE A. JONES, 99th Air Base Wing Chaplain
January 28, 2016
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — Every Airman has a story, what is your story? Some stories are so compelling and powerful they can change your life. Maybe your story and life experiences can change someone else’s life. On Jan. 21, Nellis Air Force Base sponsored a Storytellers event where real Airmen told real stories. Storytellers is designed to encourage Airmen to be more resilient in... Read more
BRIG. GEN. CRAIG LA FAVE, Total Force-Continuum Office
January 21, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. — “See all those contrails heading north, captain?” the salty lieutenant colonel asked me on Jan. 16, 1991.“Yes sir!” I replied, flying as a brand-new aircraft commander in the C-141B Starlifter.The contrails covered the darkening sky and seemed like hundreds of fingers reaching north into Iraq to grab Saddam Hussein. “That means we are at war,” said the colonel, as the cockpit... Read more

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