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  • My struggle to stay alive - Sharing my story for Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

    Nothing can prepare a person to deal with the never-ending attraction to suicide when faced with a lifetime of unending pain. After the realization that my life had been forever altered and the road ahead was filled with pain and medication, a darkness entered my life that was as real as any other illness I had faced. Chronic pain and the
  • National Suicide Prevention Week

    National Suicide Prevention Week is Sept. 10-16. Our Air Force Reserve mission is to provide combat-ready forces to fly, fight and win. We know our reservists constantly and consistently train to be mission ready -- ensuring their own knowledge, skills and abilities and then combining them with team training to be successful in battle. However, not all battles are fought on the battlefield, and sometimes we keep our battles to ourselves -- a practice that in and of itself, can be part of an individual’s challenge. Why?
  • Healthier Life: Why not to skip breakfast

    We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, whether it was ingrained in your head by your parents growing up, or we see it in advertisements on TV and magazines.  But do you know why it’s the most important meal?  Breakfast is the first opportunity we have to give our body energy to perform our daily physical and mental
  • 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.
  • Air Force Clubs: A Fading Legacy and its Resurgent Future

    The legacy of a wall of uniforms lining the bar, laughing, bonding and draining the worries of the day with every freshly full glass is a foundation of our history. To this day, The Club is where we host promotions, graduations, inductions, award ceremonies and celebrate all our accomplishments. The Club has shaped us and our expectations of what it means to be an Airman.
  • Chief's View: Reflections from a memorable first year

    Reflecting on my first year as the command chief and the newly named senior enlisted advisor to the chief of the Air Force Reserve, I feel honored to represent the more than 56,000 Reserve enlisted Airmen who continue to support global operations. The Air Force Reserve could not accomplish the mission without you. I want to share some highlights of
  • U.S. Air Force Eagle Eyes Program

    In today’s world climate, the threat of spontaneous attacks is at an all-time high. Terror organizations like ISIL, Al-Qa’ida, PKK, and even lone wolf parties such as Timothy McVeigh or Dylan Roof have been carrying out attacks all over the world at an alarming pace. Some attacks are in the name of religion, race or political biases. When watching a story on the news about an attack hundreds of miles away, it’s easy to forget that these events can happen anywhere, even federal military installations. In fact, our very own home here at Fairchild Air Force Base was victim to an active shooter in 1994.
  • Leadership lessons can come in all forms

    Recently, I lost my best friend of almost eight years. Her loss was extremely hard on me for many reasons – the first being she was the first loss I had suffered as an adult. Second, she was my best friend. She was my sidekick; we did everything together. She had been there with me through it all: a divorce, a marriage, four permanent changes of station to include overseas, two promotions, good times and bad…and just like that she was gone. Bella was my dog.
  • Change of Command Season

    “I assume command.” These words will be spoken in many squadrons, groups, and wings around the globe this summer and they represent a distinct transition for these units.
  • Revitalizing the Squadron: Progress and Next Steps

    As most Airmen are aware, the Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, announced an effort to revitalize the squadron as the core fighting unit in the Air Force.