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  • Oath of office a bond between you, nation

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- For most of us in the Department of Defense, federal service became “real” when we first took an oath to “protect (or support) and defend the Constitution of the United States,” even though many of us may not have fully understood what an oath even was at

  • There’s no secret formula — just ‘go do’

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- As with most officers, I have been training and preparing for the squadron commander job from my first day as a second lieutenant.By now, I always envisioned I would have some magical catchphrase that would instantly inspire my Airmen to work harder, faster

  • Suicide prevention a shared duty

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Suicide prevention is the responsibility of all Airmen and Guardians. Not only is suicide a major public and mental health issue, but military community members are considered a high-risk group.The collective financial, work lost, quality of life, value of

  • Bunch inducted into Order of the Sword

    Gen. Arnold W. Bunch, Jr., was inducted into the Air Force Materiel Command Order of the Sword at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, May 13, 2022. The Order of the Sword is the highest honor the enlisted force can bestow upon a military officer.

  • Resilience key to overcoming life’s detours

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FOCE BASE, OH -- I recently listened to the Audible book “Atlas of the Heart” by Brene Brown. In it, she notes: “We develop hope not during the easy times but through adversity and discomfort. It is forged when we are tested, and change is possible. Hope is learned. With the

  • Common operating picture yields results

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- At the 2019 Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference, Gen. David Goldfein detailed a deliberate path to reshape the force for multi-domain operations.The former Air Force chief of staff realized this path incorporates strong efforts toward

  • Lead by example with financial donations, volunteerism

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- 2021 was the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic that, thankfully, we appear to be coming out of, albeit with some bruises and scars.Personally, I led an adult Sunday school class online with a team of teachers for most of 2020, all of 2021 and into this

  • How to refocus during turbulent times

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Oh -- There is no disputing we have been navigating turbulent times for what seems like an eternity. “Fear not, this too shall pass.” I’m sure many of you have heard that last quote a time or two, and it may seem unlikely at times. Trust me, I get it. However, I’d

  • How I learned to master our virtual workplace

    WRIGHT-PATTERON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- We all have faced change and uncertainty with the transition of workplace navigation and flexibility during a global pandemic.While we may not always be a fan of change, it is essential to help grow, thrive and expand businesses.Organizational change has been

  • Ownership is cornerstone of strong leadership

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR BASE WING, Ohio -- Leading is tough. Place that task into a competitive and high-tension environment and it increases the difficulty exponentially.There are few people who would make arguments counter to these statements. However, there are likely many that would ask an