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  • Fairchild’s April SAPR Focus: Dragons Can Be Killed

    This is my second April in command where we pause for a moment to emphasize our efforts to eradicate sexual assaults in our military. Certainly, this is not just a focus for April, but warrants 365 and 24/7 vigilance to battle back the scourge within our ranks that continues to corrode our trust. I have three reflections looking back over my time
  • Remembering a Women's rights pioneer: Deborah Sampson

    We have always heard stories about women who impersonated men in hopes of serving for their country. But how often are we actually told about those women who did just that? Women have always played a vital role in the military, since its earliest days -- whether they served as maids, cooks, spies or soldiers. Women were just as capable as men, they
  • Honoring Women's History Month- Rhonda Cornum

    Character, courage, commitment--all terms that retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Rhonda Cornum exhibited throughout her career in the military and in her life in general. During the Persian Gulf War, then Major Cornum, was an Army flight surgeon with the 229th Attack Helicopter Regiment. She and seven others were aboard a Black Hawk helicopter on a
  • Failure is an event, not a person

    To fully understand the title, it's important to also understand and accept that failure is inevitable. We all experience difficulties, road-blocks, set-backs and failures in our never-ending goal toward achieving success. However, all of these are simply notches in the wood or mile markers on the road to success. Have you ever been given "an
  • Past Presidents Provide Perspective

    For the Air Force, 2014 is a year of opportunity and challenge. Certainly January has been challenging as we learned and continue to work through our force shaping initiatives to move ourselves to a more modern and lethal Air Force by 2023. As we move into February, Presidents Day is a time for reflection for me. This year, we can find a small
  • Building relationships in the work place

    Reflecting back on our careers, we recognize how the significance of building healthy relationships could have better equipped us within our workplace. The outcome of a dysfunctional relationship and its future ramification is an unknown. After 30 years of coaching, supervising and mentoring, I have applied four tools to forge and sustain
  • Fairchild Focus in the Eye of the Storm…our Airmen Count

    2014 will be another challenging year for our Air Force. Last year, as we stood on the eve of 2013, we did not clearly see the storms that were headed our way from sequester to government shutdown. Despite the difficulties, the strength of our Airmen and our excellent leadership allowed us to weather the storm and end the year as an award winning
  • AMC commander, chief send well holiday wishes

    As we continue through this holiday season and approach the new year, Ricki and I, along with Chief Kaiser and Debbie, want to share how extremely proud we are of you - our mobility Airmen and the mission you accomplish every day. Thank you for all you do in support of our great nation.Whether you're at home station or deployed to a forward
  • 2013...the 92nd Air Refueling Wing did it: Higher, Stronger, Faster

    We certainly are the world's most dominant Air Force, driven by excellent Airmen and powered by superior innovation. I have always maintained that innovation is our Air Force's lifeblood. Last December, I asked the 92nd Air Refueling Wing to fly higher, stronger and faster in 2013. Likewise, our 18th Air Force commander charged us to be bold. He
  • Embracing Diversity is the Cure to "Othering"

    If you are anything like me, you were scratching your head when you read the word "othering." I searched Dictionary.com and found no results. I went to Google, and there were over 3 million results. The most common entries were under philosophy, history and imperialism. The French philosopher Michael Foucault defined it in the most understandable