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  • Lessons in Risk Management

    If you are anything like me, when you hear the word ‘safety’, you likely have something that immediately comes to mind. When I was a child, being safe was following a ‘Walk, Don’t Run’ sign at the local pool. As I started driving, fastening my seat belt as I got into the car was my conscious contribution to being safe. As I transitioned into the military, I started relating safety with wearing a reflective belt (at night, and in periods of reduced visibility).
  • How to see the big picture at work

    Some Airmen have a good idea of how their job contributes to the mission. Others may struggle to see the impact their job is having to defend our nation. If you find yourself in the latter group sometimes, please know this struggle isn’t necessary. I believe it's possible for all Airmen to see how their job impacts the mission by deliberately practicing integrity in their daily grind.
  • Sacrifices Made

    We all see it, we all know it, but we don’t always recognize it. What I am talking about is the great sacrifice our families make for our ability to serve. The importance of this sacrifice cannot be understated. The military life is unique in the fact that the whole family sacrifices for the member or members to serve their country. Just this week I spoke with two families that have deployed spouses. One missed all the birthdays and multiple hospital trips for their children, and the other missed the birth of his third son. While the military member makes sacrifices to serve, our families also give up a lot to support us, and this life of service can take a beating on them physically and emotionally. Our nation is grateful for the continued sacrifices of our military, but sometimes what our families go through goes mostly unnoticed.
  • Make the Time: Think, Connect, & Care

    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- A couple of months ago I participated in a professional development course where the instructor posed an ice breaker question. He asked, “What’s a movie you can recite word-for-word?” The catch was you couldn’t duplicate anyone else’s response. My first answer was already taken so it took me a moment to come up with
  • Unplug to re-charge…you need it!

    All too often I see Airmen taking their laptops home with them over the weekend or while heading out the door on leave. And I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard phrases such as “I’m just on local leave, so call me if you need anything” or “I’ve got my phone/computer with me if anything comes up.”  Telework due to the pandemic has blurred these lines even further. I admire their dedication, but I’ll argue that sometimes it’s just as important to leave that stuff behind, completely unplug from work, and focus on the other priorities in life.
  • The Power of Positivity…Be the Change!

    Lt. Col. Tony Lawrence, 375th Medical Support Squadron commander, talks about why he joined the Air Force and the power of positivity.
  • Appreciate Greatness

    So often old heads tell “back in the day” war stories about the Air Force of the past and how great it was, how today’s Air Force is “soft” or “weak” or too accommodating or cares too much. If we can drive a positive change the Air Force of today will be more capable than the Air Force of the past.  The Air Force of the past was a product of its time, a time long since passed.
  • Behind the viewfinder

    Wow! I get to write a story about what I do for Scott Air Force Base and the 375th Air Mobility Wing. Though my job can be challenging, Public Affairs provides some pretty rewarding experiences. Our Wing PA shop completes a multitude of tasks throughout the week that includes photo stories, video stories and alert photography. If there is a big event happening, chances are you will see a public affairs specialist alongside the action documenting the entire thing.
  • We, the people: Staying connected in a disconnected world

    Recent events highlight a great divide, a foundational fissure in our human connectedness, which, left untended, jeopardizes the very core of our service and our nation. The ideological chasm of our time permeates every topic creating camps of binary opposition that has the potential to erode good order and discipline and the very culture of our organizations.  Compounded by COVID-19 and a year of tribal isolationism, we are at a moment of historical inflection where leaders must invest in connectedness.