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  • Instructor duty: Times are changing

    Thick skin. Selfless perspective. Fearless leadership. When asked what I wanted my officer trainees to leave Officer Training School with, these three concepts defined my expectations.
  • Backyard barbecue safety tips

    Seven out of every 10 adults in the U.S. have a grill or smoker, which leads to a lot of tasty meals. But it also means there’s an increased risk of home fires.In 2013-2017, fire departments went to an annual average of 10,200 home fires involving grills, hibachis or barbecues per year, including 4,500 structure fires and 5,700 outside or
  • Hey watch this: A discussion about fireworks

    As we prepare to celebrate our nation’s 243rd birthday, the unbridled enthusiasm we feel to ignite those grills, crack open a refreshing beverage, and throw out our backs in back yard playing football are quite appealing - well, maybe only partially true on the latter example.
  • Talking Politics? Know Your Limits

    Today’s political climate is, to say the least, spirited and vivacious. Whether it’s conversations around the dinner table, on the sidewalk downtown or at your weekly ukulele club meeting, politics seem to have taken center stage. No matter your political leaning, it is important to remember that all military personnel and civilian employees are required to follow DoD and Air Force Regulations concerning involvement in political activities.
  • E-cigarettes: What Does the Science Say?

    An increase in e-cigarette popularity is also observed in active duty populations. In the Air Force, e-cigarette use increased from 4.3 percent in 2017 to 5.4 percent in 2018. Kirtland is no exception to this trend with a 4.6 percent use in 2017 increased to 6.7 percent use in 2018. Some squadrons at Kirtland have e-cigarette usage rates of greater than 15 percent.
  • AMC commander: unleash Airman innovation

    I have had the privilege of working for the men and women of Air Mobility Command for 7 months now. I quickly came to appreciate the incredible capacity of this exceptionally talented force – the force necessary to ensure we continue achieving mobility objectives in any environment.Before I took command of AMC, I reflected on the heritage of the
  • Chief Kelly: It Was an Honor to Serve With You

    Early in April at March Air Reserve Base, California, I will have the opportunity to wish a fond farewell to Chief Master Sgt. Ericka Kelly, Air Force Reserve’s senior enlisted advisor and Air Force Reserve Command’s command chief master sergeant.
  • What I learned about leadership

    “Leadership is a gift. It’s given by those who follow. You have to be worthy of it.” – General Mark Welsh.
  • You have control of your life, career

    Own what you can control. This is the single most important thing to glean from all that follows
  • “Opportunity” doesn’t call ahead, make sure you have a plan

    When opportunity knocks, it usually doesn’t call ahead of time to schedule an appointment. At least it never did for me.For me, the opportunities came suddenly and out of nowhere. Whether it was making the transition from active duty to the Air Force Reserve, landing a position at Air Force Reserve Command Headquarters, or my current assignment as
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