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(Courtesy Photo) There I Was...Another bad day survived
On my deployment to southern Afghanistan, I was part of a two man Explosive Ordnance Disposal team (EOD) tasked as a Helicopter Response Force (HRF) for British soldiers who encountered an improvised explosive device and needed EOD support. Because our area of responsibility covered almost the entire Helmand Province, we were required to be on the
0 11/19
2014
Lt. Col. John P. Hartigan III The "Lone Wolf" Threat
In the news lately has been a lot of discussion about terrorist groups such as ISIS encouraging "Lone Wolves" to attack US military members in America. I take this threat seriously, because during my last assignment, ten people were killed because after making themselves easy targets through their use of Facebook.Before I was stationed here at
0 11/19
2014
My mother, Melvina R. Robinson, passed away January 30, 1998 from lung cancer, today’s leading cause of death in American women. This is one of the last photos that my mother and I took together before she died. (Courtesy photo) Your health: It's more than you
On an October night in 1997, I was calmly awakened by my cousin in the middle of the night with some news....She had received a call saying that we needed to come to the hospital.  She didn't express to me why, but when we arrived, there lie my best friend... my mother.She had tubes coming out of different parts of her body; hooked up to all types
0 10/20
2014
(Courtesy Photo) There I Was...
On 1 September 2013, I started on another journey that would land me in Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. Although it first came as a surprise due to my short time on station, it was just another deployment...or so I thought. Upon my 1 a.m. arrival to KAF, I was met by a cheerful fellow who was very happy to see me...yup, you guessed it...I was his
0 10/20
2014
Airman 1st Class Tori Schultz, 6th Air Mobility Wing photojournalist, and her five-year-old Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Good Grief Camp mentee pose for a photo in St. Petersburg Fla., Oct. 12, 2014. TAPS GGC is a program for families that have lost a military member to suicide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tori Schultz/Released) Something bigger than me
Hearing a five or six-year-old child say "my daddy's dead" or "my daddy's gone" is not something you can prepare for. And to hear a child express it so calmly can be disheartening.When I signed up for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Good Grief Camp, a program specific to families that have lost a military member to suicide, I never
0 10/15
2014
Default Air Force Logo There I Was...
"You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you", (Walter Elias Disney, The Story of Walt Disney 1957). There I was in my living room making plans with my wife to take our nieces to the local water park. We had just enrolled in college with everything set for us to continue our education
0 10/14
2014
Maj. Rob Ryder Profession of Arms
As I was debating what I wanted to write about, I reflected on my first year in command and thought about what stood out to me most. One question that seemed to resonate as I often find myself asking folks is "do you think that what you do is just a job?" I often use this question as a lead-in to try and articulate to Airmen, particularly
0 10/14
2014
Col. Peter P. Santa Ana Effectively Communicating
Successful outcomes depend heavily on effective communication. History illustrates this perspective in individual and family life, the workplace, desperate situations, and on the strategic world stage. Military leaders understand the importance of effective communication in relation to successful mission accomplishment and strive to provide tools
0 10/14
2014
Default Air Force Logo There I Was...Armed with a cell phone loaded with numbers
So there I was, receiving the phone call confirming that I was selected for a short notice deployment tasking. I was going to serve as the 1st sgt. for the 780th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron in Mihail Kogalniceanu, Romania. It's a small city in south-east Romania near the Black Sea. My report no later than date was 15 Jan 2014. The mission for
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2014
Lt. Col. Nathan E. Schalles Are you part of the solution?
As our Air Force, military, and nation make the transition from continuous armed conflict to a time of reduced ops tempo, shrinking budgets, and reduced manpower it is clear that the environment we have become accustomed to is rapidly changing. Many of our senior leaders have challenged us to adapt to this change in various ways such as saving
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2014
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