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  • Preventing sexual assault in the Air Force is our enduring responsibility

    As we begin Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, clear signs point to the progress we have made in combating sexual assault. We can cite encouraging numbers in the areas of prevalence, reporting and convictions; however, this serves as only the beginning of an enduring effort. This effort must continue without pause and we must not lose
  • Letter to Airmen: Accomplishing the mission safely, responsibly

    Mobility Airmen,In my last letter to you, I asked you to call "time out" and re-evaluate how we can safely accomplish our local and global mission. Since then, our wings have held safety down days and the feedback I have received from your leadership has been very positive.We are off to a good start, now I challenge you to continue to maintain that
  • Leading diversity

    Before Brown v. Board of Education declared school segregation illegal in 1954; before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 eradicated lawful discrimination in public accommodations; and before the Voting Rights Act of 1965 doubled down on the Constitution's 15th Amendment by guaranteeing no one would be denied the right to vote based on race, the U.S.
  • I really shouldn’t be here … times two

    A couple of feet, a half a second. These may seem like insignificant measurements; but when combined with fatigue, a couple of feet almost cost me my career, and that half a second almost ended my life.There was a time when I was an enlisted aircraft electrical and environmental systems specialist and was part of the 19th Aircraft Maintenance Unit,
  • A day of service honors us all

    "What are you doing for others?"Martin Luther King Jr. posed this as "life's most persistent and urgent question." In honor of the slain civil rights leader and his commitment to community service, Jan. 19 will be "a day on, not a day off." This phrase was coined in 1994, when Congress designated the federal holiday as a national day of service to
  • It’s 1700 somewhere

    Its side effects can range from confusion to induced sprinting for cover, to feelings of pride. It has the power to stop people in their tracks and causes self-induced paralysis for nearly two minutes at a time.Reveille and Retreat ceremonies occur on most military installations across the U.S. at the beginning and the end of the duty day,
  • A greater impact

    - If you've been in the Air Force for at least a month, you've probably heard someone say Airmen should get out and volunteer, and that's great advice. However, what usually follows that statement causes some concern for me and other Airmen.It's not something we want to admit because it doesn't sound good, but most supervisors have probably
  • Let's stop talking about diversity, start talking about readiness

    The good news is that we're making great progress as we seek to make our Air Force a more diverse and capable force.  The bad news is that too many Airmen are tired of talking about it, and too many Airmen are coming to work every day feeling that their career prospects are limited by the color of their skin, sexual orientation, or gender.Our
  • Do you 'really' know who you are talking to?

    When you're young, you don't think much about online safety. At 19, I didn't have a care in the world; I just wanted to meet new people. Little did I know my care-free attitude online would change my life forever.In January 2013, I made an account on a social media site my friends recommended. At first I just wanted to see what it was about, then
  • See, say, do

    "Head's up!" "Keep your head on a swivel." "Have good situational awareness." "Be aware of your surroundings."Do any of these admonitions sound familiar? If you've played sports, been in the military or attended personal security classes, one or all of them probably do. So, why bring them up now?The reality is that there's not any specific reason
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