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  • Coming together through social distancing

    We are physically more isolated from each other than we have ever been, but I believe this time of crisis and social distancing is ultimately bringing us together.
  • How becoming a long-distance mom prepared me for COVID-19

    One day, as if by magic – everything changed. I didn’t know what tomorrow would bring, I couldn’t plan or predict my next move and I couldn’t see a day when I would feel safe and at peace.There are two, distinct moments in my life that I experienced those exact feelings.The first time I felt lost and unsure of my future was when my husband and I
  • The three keys I carry every day

    It was March in 2017, when I would spend sleepless nights in bed, staring at the ceiling just pondering on what life had in store for me. I was in my second year of college, enrolled in a full schedule of classes while working more than 30 hours a week as a registered pharmacy technician. I struggled to find my purpose as I questioned the path I was on, not knowing if said path was right for me.
  • Not just an A1C

    By Senior Airman Ashley Perdue 6th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
  • Curveballs: Life’s unexpected challenges

    I found out I was going to become a father just a few days after my 18th birthday. This was a time in my life where I wasn’t sure what my future held, but I knew I had to make a plan. I played around with a few ideas and discussed them with my then high school sweetheart, Jessica, but eventually decided to go to college and work as much as possible.
  • Honor Guard: I gave it a second chance

    Back in January 2017, when I went to Basic Military Training at Joint Base Lackland in San Antonio, Texas, that’s when I first heard about the Honor Guard. At the time, I was terrible at facing movements and unable to get in sync with 48 other people in formation. It was frustrating and my initial thought of the Honor Guard is that it could be even more difficult and scrutinized than BMT. So naturally, I thought, "why would anyone want to join it?”
  • First year on station: learn, work, lead

    Fresh out of technical school and seeing the pace of daily operations around MacDill Air Force Base definitely had me feeling intimidated. As the newest Airman in the public affairs office, seeing the work it took to document the mission of the 6th Air Refueling Wing and support the two combatant commands on base, I was determined to learn quickly so I would be able to help my colleagues.
  • Special Victims’ Counsel: Who are they and what do they do?

    Perhaps you have heard the term “SVC” in a commander’s call, newcomers’ briefing, or in some other Air Force function Fortunately, most service members will never interact with a Special Victims’ Counsel (SVC) office or need its services, but every member should know what the SVC is and what they do!
  • Finding a balance: Strengthening our family during a pandemic

    Attention parents! Are you interested in learning healthy and safe ways to manage your emotions when it comes to raising your children during a pandemic? Children learn from their parents and tend to model similar behaviors of stress during times of crisis. It is important to practice self-awareness and reflect on ways to navigate through those emotions with positive coping skills.
  • Female defenders inspiring future generations

    During the month of March, we celebrate women and their contributions to the defense of our nation. Staff Sgt. Esther Blake was the first female to enlist in the newly formed Air Force on July 8, 1948, on the first hour of the first day women were authorized to join. Since that historic day, women all over the world have followed in her footsteps.
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