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  • Hey watch this: A discussion about fireworks

    As we prepare to celebrate our nation’s 243rd birthday, the unbridled enthusiasm we feel to ignite those grills, crack open a refreshing beverage, and throw out our backs in back yard playing football are quite appealing - well, maybe only partially true on the latter example.
  • Eating Healthy the Simplified Way

    March is National Nutrition Month and a great time to start getting onto a healthy eating pattern.  A healthy eating pattern is defined as consuming all foods that fit together like a puzzle to meet nutritional needs without exceeding limits such as those for saturated fats, added sugars, sodium and total calories.  It doesn’t have to be as complicated as it is sometimes thought out to be like in some popular fad diets.  Good nutrition is simple and overcomplicating things can lead to stress and potential for failure. There are some easy key principles to follow a healthy eating pattern.
  • Superintendent's Congressional Statement on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program at the Military Service Academies

    Yesterday, alongside my fellow service academy superintendents, I addressed members of Congress to discuss how we are confronting sexual harassment and violence. We are committed to addressing this head-on across our Academy, and to be the example for the Air Force, the DOD, and society. I will not rest - nor will anyone under my command - until every cadet at our Academy is in an environment where they can focus on their professional or personal development. Those that fall short of this standard will be held accountable.
  • Developing resilient leaders

    Lt. Gen. Richard Scobee, Chief of Air Force Reserve and Commander, Air Force Reserve Command,  recently outlined his vision, mission, and priorities for Reserve Citizen Airmen. One of which was to develop resilient leaders.What does that mean? Develop resilient leaders…in my 33 and counting years in the Air Force, of which 20 have been with the
  • Why I wear the uniform

    The Airman Battle Uniform, otherwise known as ABU’s, is the uniform I and many other Airmen put on every day when we report to duty. To the outside world, it is nothing more than another camouflage uniform worn by a branch of the United States military. However, to anyone who has ever or still puts it on today knows it’s more than just a uniform. It’s a symbol, a symbol I am honored to wear every day.
  • New perspectives could be what you need

    I was on top of the world, and I felt like nothing could possibly bring me down. I had just recently graduated from the University of Central Florida, had a pilot slot secured, and was moving to my first training base to begin my career in the world's greatest Air Force. Little did I know my whole life was about to change and wouldn’t be taking off (quite literally) how I thought it would. One of the biggest lessons I would come to understand is the importance of the Team BLAZE mission and what it truly means.
  • Commentary: Deployment 101

    Earlier this month, I had the privilege of witnessing deployers from the 507th Operations Support Squadron reunite with their loved ones at the end of their deployment. My wife was a key spouse providing information and communication to families to ensure a smooth transition for everyone. Later, we discussed questions she received from others
  • Staying healthy during the holidays

    It’s that time of the year again. Squadron potlucks, family dinners, and eating out while shopping or traveling. According to a recent study by Cornell University, some Americans will consume 4500 calories and 250 grams of fat during holiday celebration dinners leading to an average weight gain of 1.3 pounds by the New Year with some gaining much
  • Suicide: no glory

    Editor’s Note: none of the events referred to in this commentary happened at Kirtland. Silence befell the dorm, a place that was never quiet. OSI agents were carefully processing the room before permitting me to document. Shaolin the DVD was at its menu screen, the music from the motion picture eerily playing on repeat the whole time I was in the room. The smell of multivitamins, Glade Hawaiian breeze plug-ins and vomit were all mixing in the air. The room and atmosphere became cold and lifeless. The sink was covered in emptied sleeping aid capsules, a blender bottle over filled with a concoction of vitamins and other pills. The agents left the room for me to work without disruption but there was one person that didn't leave. It was the young Airman laying stiff on the bed, with a bag over his head with vomit crusted around his mouth, neck and chest. This was my first alert photography call for a suicide. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be my last.
  • That time of the year, it’s tax season

    Tax season is around the corner and members of MacDill Air Force Base, Florida will hopefully be able to receive a nice amount of cash back from all their hard work this year.
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