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  • Commentary: D-Day anniversary reminds us we uphold a legacy of peace

    In the early hours of June 6, 1944, the Allied forces of World War II launched a massive amphibious invasion of Nazi-occupied France in a desperate bid to gain a foothold in Western Europe. The largest armada ever assembled--5,000 ships and landing craft transporting 156,000 men and 50,000

  • Why I love being a missileer

    While I was in college I got married and had my first child. My primary focus was supporting my young family. I did a lot of different jobs including fast food, construction and working at Walmart (some at the same time during the summer). I contemplated my future employment prospects and earning

  • Why Security Forces?

    Last February I arrived here after commissioning through the Officer Training School, and I had no idea what to expect.I had been a proud enlisted member in the medical career field for the previous 14 years, but this was going to be different. As I transitioned to the officer corps, I entered the

  • Challenge the Status Quo

    What do we do now? We have had teams visit our base and ask us what we would like to change about the way we do business. We are done with the working groups who developed a course of action for leadership to consider. We have completed the investigative portion of the Force Improvement Program.Now

  • First-line supervisors: Be the light

    Being a first-line supervisor is an awesome responsibility. Not too long ago, I witnessed a pretty cool analogy as to what helps our junior officers and enlisted professionals "make it" as followers in today's Air Force, considering all of the force shaping initiatives underway. Of all places, this

  • Wishing you a very happy holiday

    Strikers,As we head into the Christmas and New Year holiday, I want to thank you for what you do for our nation's strategic deterrence and assurance mission every single day. Our mission requires long hours, long deployments and long periods of time spent away from your families. Without your

  • 'The Italian Stallion' hosts Fitness 101 class

    Most everyone has a fictional or real-life person who they aspire to be like or somehow emulate. When I was a young teen, that person was Rocky Balboa.I can vividly recall where, when and on what channel I caught the entire Rocky Balboa saga for the first time. Sure, Balboa and I don't have anything

  • Taking care of each othere -- 101 Critical Days of Summer

    TEAM:As we get ready to enter what is arguably our favorite time of year, and if not your favorite then certainly an important time for our team. I'd like to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for the hard work, dedication and outstanding wingmanship you have shown during my first year

  • The importance of the military family

    Having been raised in the home of a Navy chief petty officer and dragged around the globe from Virginia to Maine to Maryland to Guam to Tennessee by the time I was seven and having been around the globe throughout my 13 year military career, I have found that no matter where in the world you may

  • Camaraderie: A powerful mission multiplier

    My daughter, age 6, has had a remarkable sense of the camaraderie shared amongst Air Force members since she was 2 years old. Every time she encountered an Air Force member in uniform, she would inquire, "Is that your friend, daddy?" Naturally, I always responded in the affirmative. Her simple, yet