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  • Silent Warriors

    Memorial Day is upon us and we observe this holiday in honor of the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Both my grandfathers, who have since passed, served in the Korean War and World War II. It is an honor to know that I am able to serve in the capacity I can because of their contributions.
  • Police Week, honoring our Defenders

    In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, to participate in a number of planned events which honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
  • Core values impact personal, professional life

    The Air Force Core Values: Integrity First, Service before Self and Excellence in all we do are taught when we join.
  • Blended Retirement System Problem - You Could Lose Matching Contributions

    If you’re in the blended retirement system and are fortunate to max out, or nearly max out, your yearly contribution to your thrift savings plan, listen up! The matching contributions are not as straightforward as they seem.
  • Enlisted force development must remain a priority

    Every Citizen Airman is a vital asset to Air Force Reserve Command and enlisted force development is critical to cultivating leaders to succeed in strategic planning and executing mission operations.
  • Together we must develop exceptional Air Force Reserve leaders

    I recently had the opportunity to meet with my top senior leaders to discuss a broad range of critical challenges affecting our Air Force Reserve. Reflecting afterwards, there was one underlying truth that stood out during every discussion: Reserve Citizen Airmen are our greatest strength.
  • We all remember our first...bad supervisor

    “Women don’t belong in the Air Force and I will do everything I can to get you out. Starting now, you’ll be working on mid-shifts,” said my worst supervisor. This meant I would be switching from the 3 p.m. to midnight to the midnight to 8 a.m. shift as a computer maintenance technician. Although, I could easily make the schedule work for mission purposes, I was very unwilling to adapt because a technical sergeant was not comfortable working around women.
  • Saint Patrick’s Day

    Saint Patrick’s Day is upon us, and with that comes green mint Oreos, Lucky Charms, four-leaf clovers, and a celebration of all things Irish. The history of Saint Patrick’s Day goes back to the 5th Century, centering on the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. St. Patrick was a Roman Briton man brought to Ireland as a slave at just 16 years of age. He later escaped Ireland and returned to Briton to join his family profession in the church, only to return later in life as a Christian missionary.
  • Marvel’s Black Panther sets the tone for leaders everywhere

    My family and I had movie night a couple of weeks ago and as I was watching, I was immediately struck by the leadership modeling prevalent in the movie. For years, Air Force Professional Military Education has had leaders watch the movie “Twelve O’Clock High” as a portrayal of leadership examples, as part of the curriculum.
  • Celebrating Women’s History Month, Remembering Air Force women

    During the month of March, Women’s History Month, we celebrate successful women in our nation. I’d like to recognize women in the U.S. Air Force. Women like Staff Sgt. Esther Blake, the first female to enlist in the newly formed Air Force on July 8, 1948, on the first hour of the first day when women were authorized to join.
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