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  • Stepping Forward

    Recently I came across an interesting quote from Admiral Togo Heihachiro, Commander of the Japanese Fleet during the Battle of Tsushima in 1905: "If your sword is too short, take one step forward." Given the environment of reduced budgets, fiscal challenges and potential manpower shortages facing the Air Force, this quote struck me as relevant as
  • Where we came from: Why our history is important

    As an historian, I've often received one of two responses: Either, "Man, I hated history so much" or "Historian? I'm a history buff myself. Did you see that program on airplanes in WWII?" Unfortunately, that is often the extent of people's experience with history. We live in an interesting time: the world is more connected than ever before and it
  • Our most valuable weapon system

    Our Nation and Air Force are in the midst of some of the most challenging times many who serve today have experienced. Over the last several years, we have endured sequestration and a government shutdown, both of which had an impact on our Airmen and our current operations. But the effects we are experiencing now are just the calm before the storm.
  • What My Prior Enlisted Years Taught Me

    Before commissioning, I spent 11 years as an Air Force enlisted member and made it to the rank of technical sergeant. I like to think I was a pretty sharp troop. I excelled throughout technical training school at Corry Station in Pensacola, Florida, as a Signal's Analyst. My leadership noticed my quick progression and skill, and I was chosen to go
  • Attention All Airmen: Air Force Holds Sexual Assault Offenders Accountable, Sexual Assault Convictions Are Now On-Line

    I'd like to take a moment and draw your attention to a recent addition to the official Air Force website. Did you know that the Air Force now publishes sexual assault convictions on-line? Anyone can visit this website and review more than 100 sexual assault convictions from across the Air Force, to include viewing them by base. You'll notice many
  • Run Forest Run

    Do something for you. The world we live in and the pressures we all face can be daunting at times. Don't you wish you could escape it every now and then and go somewhere special? A place you could think straight, feel better, and actually improve your livelihood? I found such a place in running and you could too. Sounds a bit far-fetched, but some
  • Why I Serve?

    As a child, my father would tell me countless stories of the sufferings he had to endure. In my father's country there were little resources due to electoral fraud and a military government that resorted to political murder. It eventually led to a bloody civil war in the 1970s and 80s. Everywhere you turned there were hungry mothers, fathers and
  • Reinforce compliance, accept nothing less

    Aircraft maintenance is a challenging and rewarding endeavor. Success for a maintainer is seeing a job through to completion, fixing an elusive discrepancy and watching a Bone or Herc take-off into the wild blue yonder as it flies toward a combat or training mission. Failure, though, can take many forms. The worst is the loss of life and equipment,
  • What it means to be a club member

    You may have heard comments like, "Being a club member is a waste of money," or "If I joined the club I would not get my money's worth." However, do you really know what you get out of a club membership? Do you know what happens to your membership contributions?Club membership has existed since the days of the U.S. Army Air Corps and is a cultural
  • Standards by Example

    We often talk about setting the standards for our Airmen to follow and holding them accountable when they fail to do so. In my opinion, the best way to teach adherence to the standards is through example. This became painfully clear to me one summer morning at unit PT. Back in 2009, when I was a technical sergeant stationed at Patrick AFB, I was an