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Three 22nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs Airmen reach out to Airman 1st Class Christopher Thornbury, front-center, Dec. 11, 2015, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Thornbury says his Air Force family has been with him for over a year and helped him through the loss of his son, Emmitt Alan Thornbury. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Colby Hardin) Finding strength, resiliency through Air Force family
I joined the military to provide for my family, but I never would have expected the challenges my family would face and how we would evolve.When I enlisted in the Air Force I joined another family without intent. This family has been with me ever since, especially during my family's darkest tragedy.FamilyAfter completing basic military training and
0 12/17
2015
Too often leaders reduce the measurement of success to simply tangible items such as awards. This one-dimensional view devalues lessons which can be learned by experiencing failure. A leader’s perception of failure and mistakes sets the organizational tone.  - Chief Master Sgt. Jason Steege, 92nd Medical Group Superintendent. (Courtesy photo) Leadership: a journey of lessons learned
John Wooden, former UCLA basketball coach, once said, "Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be." Too often leaders reduce the measurement of success to simply tangible items such as awards. This one-dimensional view devalues lessons that can be learned by experiencing failure.A leader's perception of failure and mistakes sets the
0 12/11
2015
(U.S. Air Force graphic/2nd Lt. Shelley Gregory) Benevolence or bullets?
While in Air Force ROTC, particularly during the final year, we had many discussions regarding what made a successful leader and Airman. We were taught how to write performance reports and award packages, we acted out scenarios between supervisors and subordinates, and we went over the things we should do to enhance our careers. One of the tasks on
0 12/11
2015
Lt. Gen. Samuel D. Cox
Commander, 18th Air Force Letter to Airmen - Thank you
18 AF Airmen,First, let me say what an honor it is to be back in the mobility business and Eighteenth Air Force! Your reputation for dedicated service and professionalism is well established and precedes you wherever you go. Whether you are airdropping Paratroopers over Spain, refueling fighters over the Middle East or returning our wounded from
0 11/25
2015
Air Force Eagle Eyes Staying safe, remaining vigilant
If you've been watching the news lately, you've undoubtedly seen the tragic results of terrorism in Paris and other parts of the world; and you may have even heard about threats in the U.S.Should all of this concern us? Sure, to an extent. While running around scared there's a terrorist hiding behind every door or shrub is obviously extreme and
0 11/24
2015
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Airman 1st Class Nick Daniello) Lunchtime Leadership
Walking into the Warrior Dinning Facility for the first-ever "Lunchtime Leadership Lessons" event, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I was told that a veteran was going to impart some of his experience with Airmen during lunch.I grabbed my food and sat down. I was curious about what he was going to share.The conversation opened with the
0 11/23
2015
My grandpa, a retired Navy Lt. Cmdr, is the main reason I joined the military. Veterans Day isn’t just another holiday for me, it is the day I think of all the military veterans who have sacrificed, both in war and in peace, to protect America and the American way of life. I thank my grandpa for serving, helping me grow up and encouraging me to join the military. (Courtesy photo) Honoring my Veteran Grandpa
When people ask why I joined the military; my response is always, "because my grandpa was in the military, I wanted to be like him."My grandpa, retired Navy Lt. Cmdr John Phillip Shelton, spent 24 years in the Navy. He first enlisted in 1968 as an Aviation Fire Control Technician, then commissioned in 1977 as an Avionics Officer.Growing up living
0 11/10
2015
Senior Airman Thomas Stang, 5th Security Forces Squadron installation entry controller, demonstrates “peep-hole-driving” on Minot Air Force Base, N.D. Nov. 13, 2014. “Peep-hole-driving” is a driving practice in which only a small area of the front windshield is cleared leaving drivers vulnerable on all other sides. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Stephanie Morris) Come on, peephole! Throw in the towel
If you've been stationed at a northern tier base for more than one winter month, you're likely guilty of being a "peephole driver" - scraping just enough frost or snow off your windshield or letting your struggling defroster melt off a few square inches to where you think it's safe to drive. In fact, you might even be a serial offender.Here's the
0 11/05
2015
people graphic Focus on PEOPLE - not promotion
The new U.S. Air Force promotion and stratification process is a hot topic concerning our Airmen. When addressing recent chief's and shirt's panels, I have found it best to emphasize and encourage our Airmen to establish and follow a proven leadership philosophy. Too often our Airmen are focusing on the end result or the next promotion and not the
0 10/21
2015
Mental health issues and factors that lead to suicide are no respecters of rank, job, gender or age. We cannot fool ourselves into thinking there’s a demographic that’s “safe” and to whom we don’t need to pay attention. Every Airman matters and we need to care for each other accordingly by investing time and building relationships. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Capt. David Liapis/U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan Conroy/Released) Follow up - it can be a matter of life and death
She was a hero. She was someone who had the courage to act when it mattered most. She was a true wingman. She saw the warning signs of depression and suicidal ideations in a friend, she made the right calls, made the right decisions and her friend's life was saved. This Airman knew the warning signs well, because she had been there before.I had the
0 9/25
2015
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