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  • Balancing work and family

    Trying to balance your career and your family can be a difficult task, for some it can seem impossible.  We often get ourselves into a mindset that we must give everything to the Air Force in order to get that next job or promotion.  Family is usually the first thing we sacrifice when it comes to reaching our goals.  I spent the first sixteen years
  • Re-imagining Agile Combat Employment

    Threats in the Pacific Theater have been evolving rapidly over the past few years.  North Korea has been aggressively expanding its ballistic missile program and has conducted numerous test launches into the Sea of Japan and even the Western Pacific.  China continues to ramp up military activity in the South and East China Seas and Russia is
  • The Power of "Yes"

    A couple of weeks ago I celebrated my twenty-year mark in our amazing Air Force. Over my eleven assignments, I have had many remarkable and memorable leaders, mentors, peers, and subordinates.  They have helped develop my leadership skills and shape me into a better person as we all know, we cannot succeed without help, and a strong team. Whenever
  • What do you value most: service or self?

    Team Dyess Commentary Program: Leaders are sharing the insights, experience, and wisdom gained throughout their Air Force careers through the written word.

    As a senior leader in our Air Force, opportunities often arise for me to sit down and mentor younger Airmen. Now I’m not saying I’m a better mentor than the next person you might meet, but perhaps it’s because I’m a little more seasoned or experienced (read: older) that Airmen seek my opinion on various issues. Leading Airmen is one of the greatest

    How much would you pay for a house? More precisely, a house which provides protection and security for those that call it home. A house where the foundation is made from rich soil and a structure to withstand the test of time. A house that cannot only hold the brightest lights, but will emit light, hope, faith, and love. A house that will endure
  • Mission or People First?

    Is it mission or people first? There are different arguments to justify either stance. I believe that if it were people first, everyone would get what they wanted from the Air Force and we, as an organization, would shy away from placing people in risky or dangerous situations. Of course, what we do is inherently dangerous and much depends on our
  • Fix what you can touch

    When you see a Colonel or a Chief, you may think they can solve every challenge, fix every problem, right any wrong. Those Eagles and Chevrons carry weight on many issues that confront us and can solve lots of problems. However, while we can do a lot, there are issues that we can’t fix, no matter how hard we try. I’m not going to solve Air Force
  • 7th BW honors bomber pioneer heritage, looks to future challenges

    More than 70 veteran Airmen and their families from the 340th Bomb Group visited the 9th Bomb Squadron and 28th Bomb Squadron during a reunion tour at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, May 10, 2019. The tour gave the 340th bomber pioneers a chance to revisit their pasts and meet the next generation of professionals. Similarly, current bomber Airmen were
  • Great relationships, incredible experiences, fantastic mentors

    A lot of Airmen ask me, “When did you decide to make the Air Force a career?”I never woke up one morning and said, “I’m going to make the Air Force a career.” I enlisted in 1995 as a firefighter with a simple goal—to follow in my dad’s footsteps. I intended to serve four years, then separate. However, through great relationships, incredible