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  • Thank you!

    As I approach my retirement ceremony, I just want to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Team Dyess for their sacrifice, dedication, professionalism and service to country. I have been blessed with an amazing 20-year career, primarily because I have had the opportunity to serve with tremendous Airmen and Department of Defense civilians
  • Don’t stress over Force Management

    The last time I had a chance to write one of these articles I focused on stress management and this time I thought about writing about the importance of honest and timely feedback. While feedback is important, I changed my mind when I saw how stressed a lot of my Airmen were with all of the new Force Management programs and thought readdressing the
  • Be comfortable with being uncomfortable

    Throughout my career I have always loved to work out; I've run, swam, biked, crossfitted and climbed. One aspect I have always found to be true was, to get better, to get competitive, at any of these events it takes focused training. Training that pushes you past the level of comfort. In fact, to improve I have always found it essential to become
  • Think before you post

    Have you ever had one of those days that it seems like you are working harder than your coworkers? You made 100 widgets and your coworker has only made 50. So, what do you do when you perceive the workload as unfair? Do you go home and blast your frustrations out on social media for all to see or do you sit in your duty section and complain about
  • Prevent and detect cervical cancer: get your pap smear

    According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 12,340 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer and 4,030 will die from this preventable disease. Prior to 1955, cervical cancer was a common cause of death among women in America. Due to the implementation of the Pap test or Pap smear, deaths associated with cervical cancer decreased by
  • Empowering front line supervisors

    "It's just easier to do this myself." A phrase so commonly heard in today's Air Force, and one that does more damage than good. Through years of experience, as leaders and senior NCOs, we've learned how to do our job. We know exactly what we're looking for and how it should be done. Unfortunately, it is often easier to just do it ourselves than to
  • 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