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Desert Storm: One Airman’s Perspective February 14, 2017 — Twenty-six years ago on Jan. 16, 1991 at 7 p.m. EST, President George H. W. Bush announced the start, of what would later be named, Operation Desert Storm. Coalition forces began a five-week bombardment of Iraqi command and control targets from air and sea, and reached a successful cease-fire within 100 hours. MORE

The Integrity of Speaking Up January 24, 2017 — Integrity is the cornerstone of our core values. We say that, integrity is doing what is right when no one is looking. But integrity is also saying what is right even when everyone is looking, when no one is ready to hear and regardless of who is asking. This is the integrity of speaking up. We know that exhibiting integrity in our actions is imperative, but there is perhaps even greater power in the words we speak, especially when those words are bound to deeds. Real words, thoughtfully considered, spoken aloud, without enmity and with a constructive goal. MORE

Thoughts of family for the holiday season December 13, 2016 — Family, this word has different meanings to different people. Most of us claim some sort of family. I believe there are four kinds of family to which we each belong. First, we have our family of birth. Let’s face it, we all came from two individuals and we didn’t have a choice with our birth family – it just “is.” MORE

Aviation history: Every tail tells a story November 21, 2016 — Joint Base Langley-Eustis community members quickly learn to identify and distinguish the two types of aircraft currently flying here, the F-22 Raptor and the T-38 Talon. More perceptive fans of military aviation, like myself may also identify the B-52 Stratofortress and F-4 Phantom near the LaSalle Gate, the F-15 Eagle that overlooks the Armistead Gate or the mix of fighter aircraft that adorn Heritage Park. MORE

The Journey is as Important as the Destination November 15, 2016 — I went to the Base Exchange the other day and tried to strike up a conversation with the associate in the checkout aisle scanning the items I intended to purchase. “How are you doing?” I asked, hoping to break the awkward silence that greeted me. “Have you been busy today?” MORE

Earning the GAFPB: an Airman’s evolution November 8, 2016 — Swimming has never been a problem for me in the past, but this time was different. As I walked out of the locker room and saw the line of U.S. Army Soldiers and U.S. Navy Sailors waiting and watching as fellow participants struggled to complete the swim, a feeling of anxiousness started to overwhelm me. MORE

#BeThere before the call September 12, 2016 — When the phone rings in the middle of the night, it’s like an alarm going off in your brain. No one calls at one in the morning to say they were “just thinking of you.” I received one of those calls 13 years ago and woke to my mom telling me my dad had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The words didn’t sink in right away; I had to ask her to repeat herself. I can’t image the difficulty she endured to do this. MORE

Slow down: Red means stop September 9, 2016 — Within the past few weeks, I have observed several instances of drivers either ignoring or not stopping soon enough for red lights. MORE

Provide time, reap benefits July 12, 2016 — I've always been someone who enjoys teaching others. In college, I was a resident advisor and coached a middle school field hockey team. While enlisted in the U.S. Air Force attending photojournalism technical school, I was a flight chief.For me, I find pleasure in helping someone succeed in reaching their goals or guiding them toward the path to MORE

Breaking the monotony of training April 6, 2016 — The majority of everyone in the military can attest to those days where training seemed to be a grind, and a three hour block of instruction felt like days to get through. You went through the paces, struggled through the power points and at many times lost motivation quickly.No matter if you're "high-speed', a diligent worker, an optimist or even MORE

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