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  • The ride of a lifetime

    I have the best career in the Air Force. I never would have thought I would be sitting in the backseat of an F-16 within 10 months of graduating basic military training. After all, I’m a photojournalist – not a pilot.
  • Moving out of the shadows: Women continue to pursue equal rights

    Etched into the history of our nation are the stories of women who fought for the America they knew was possible – a country where all are truly treated equally and have access to the ballot box, regardless of gender.
  • What I learned from a child

    I was tired from my temporary duty travel and landed at my final destination after dinner time.  All I wanted was to get home and sleep in my own bed.  As I caught the airport shuttle I noticed one of the passengers hang up a dress bag with an Army uniform in it. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw that he had no ear on one side and thought, "He's
  • Holocaust Remembrance: Fighting Hate

    Less than one hundred years ago the Holocaust claimed over eleven million lives in one of the most horrific events known to mankind.  During this time, about two-thirds of Europe’s and one-third of the world’s Jewish population were murdered by systematic ethnic cleansing. The Jewish victims made up about six million of the eleven million murdered.
  • Balance spending, saving, investing to build future nest egg

    How many of you have gotten paid and, within a few days, have spent your entire paycheck? I can remember being a young senior airman and having my flight chief ask me, “What are you doing with your money?” to which I replied, “Spending it!”   The flight chief laughed and then asked me, “Do you want to be in the Air Force 20 years and realize you
  • Allow Hanukkah to refine inner strength

    Hanukkah, a holiday most known for candles, doughnuts and rebellions, is a time when Jews celebrate vanquishing their enemies, rebuilding their temple and, most importantly, kindling the Menorah.   The Menorah was a seven branched Candelabra made of pure gold situated at the entrance of the ancient Jewish temple. It was lit every day at dusk and
  • Room at the table

    One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is coming together around the dinner table and enjoying good food. I will never forget my 1st Thanksgiving at grandma Ethel’s house. Grandma Ethel is my wife’s grandmother and no one prepared me for my first taste of her food. After we sat down, gave thanks, and I got my first taste, I didn’t make
  • 57th WG leads USAF in training, testing missions

    Since the 57th Wing activated in 1948 – nearly one year to the day after the Air Force activation – it has taken the lead in a variety of advanced air, space, and cyberspace training and testing missions. Currently, the wing is composed of innovative professionals leading advanced, realistic, multi-domain training focused on winning the high-end
  • Progressive relationships

    One of the greatest lessons I learned about building relationships as a chaplain candidate came from the instruction I received from a first sergeant assigned to an explosive ordnance disposal unit. The first sergeant briefed my chaplain candidate class about his unit’s accomplishments and responsibilities.  One year prior, an EOD Airman was
  • Being an Effective Airman

    Have you ever asked yourself, how I can be a better person? How can I be more valuable? What tools can I use to be an effective and competitive Airman? The United States Air Force has given me the ability to answer these questions by virtue of the experiences I have had throughout my years of service. When I first cross-trained from Security Forces

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