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  • Uncommon Airman

    I do not choose to be a common man.It is my right to be uncommon--if I can.I seek opportunity--not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me.I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed.I refuse to sacrifice incentive for a hand-out. I prefer the
  • Leap to Your Limits

    One of the lessons I carry around with me every day is something I learned from the jumping events in high school track and field. I was intimidated by the high jump. Unlike the long jump, where every leap into the sand pit could be measured and faults were not embarrassing, the high jump presented a daunting binary challenge: clear the bar or make
  • Reflecting on our country and leadership

    As we remember all those who have served and developed our country, it reminds us how important it is to ensure we continue to produce the best and most competent leaders in the Air Force. Our nation expects it, and the only way for us to ensure we maintain the best Air Force in the world is to put our heart and soul into grooming the next
  • July 4th-A powerhouse and pinnacle celebration...for our posterity

    I often write the words "powerhouse" and "pinnacle" to describe my top commanders and officers on the bottom line of their performance reports. It is one of my strongest compliments. As I reflect on our nation's 237th birthday and all we as a wing have sacrificed this year, these two words also aptly describe this incredible All-American holiday.
  • Old Glory: More than a Symbol

    Every year we celebrate Flag Day on the 14th of June, our Flag's birthday and the day our Stars and Stripes were officially adopted in 1777. For me, more so than ever before, today recognizes our flag as more than just a symbol. This past month, Old Glory blanketed our Fallen Fairchild Warriors, who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, as a
  • Cook with me now

    Cooking gets a "Wednesday Addams" amount of enthusiasm from me. It's tedious and time consuming. Standing for hours, sweating a little and crying over onions never seems very fun to me.Although, when I saw a flyer about a free healthy cooking class at the Health and Wellness Center around lunch time on a Thursday, I went. It's pretty hard to say no
  • Never walk past a problem

    Sometimes the lessons we learn as children prove helpful to our careers. My dad worked for a Fortune 100 company for many years. One day he told me how dozens of the company's leadership had been fired because a low level employee sent a personal email using a company computer. His company had a strong cultural ethos and believed if they paid you
  • The right thing to do

    Last week, I took leave to go turkey hunting for the first time in Washington state. I've heard northwestern turkeys were more of a challenge to hunt over the southern/mid-western birds, but I was up for the challenge. However, I must report the score is still zero long beards in the freezer. Instead, I spent time reflecting on my biggest
  • Parting words: A small few can make a big difference

    When the time came for me to write what would be my final article I thought long and hard about what I wanted to say. I pondered about giving words of wisdom or leaving you with some profound statement to invoke spontaneous deep thinking or perhaps even provide a theoretical perspective on why I joined the Air Force. But that is not who I really
  • Bold, Innovative and Intelligent Risk Takers

    When Lt. Gen. Darren McDew visited Fairchild, I observed briefings by 92nd and 141st Airmen. A repeating theme caught my attention. After Airman 1st Class Jessica Huckabee's Total Force Enterprise and Innovation briefing, the 18th Air Force commander asked how she became an Aircraft Generation Equipment Technician. She came in the Air Force to do
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