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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • America's Military, the Arm of Freedom.

    On September 11, 2001 I was enjoying a book on my bunk during a "down day" on my first deployment as a KC-135 crewmember to Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia. In the middle of my page, I heard a commotion in the common area. An aircraft had just crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. We assumed a commercial
  • Don't let slip ups distract, focus on good

    As I come to the end of my term as commander for 60th Surgical Operations Squadron and prepare for my retirement, it's a good time to reflect back on the last couple of years. This has been my first real command position. I've served as a flight commander for several years and have served as deputy and interim squadron commander, but it's different
  • Shoot for the STARS

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the 927th Air Refueling Wing for the great change of command ceremony and the warm and hospitable welcome to MacDill Air Force Base. It is with great pleasure and pride that I assume command of this great wing. You should be proud of the accomplishments that you have done over the years
  • There I Was...

    On Oct. 6, 2013, I started my deployment traveling journey which took me from Tampa, Florida to Norfolk, Virginia, and then on to Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan. Upon arriving at Manas AB, we were bused over to the PERSCO office where we received our in-processing briefing and instructions. I spent almost 96 hours at this location awaiting my