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  • Let’s talk Mental Health

    908th Director of Psychological Health, Ms. Amy Kemp-Wellmeier, discusses combating mental health issues during a pandemic.
  • Effort

    Continuous effort drives motivation, accomplishment and excellence. Looking back on my Air Force career, the effort that I put into my work has in return widened my knowledge base, created opportunities, expanded my network and has allowed me to have a positive impact on those around me. Effort is a driving force that is developed and strengthened over time through our interactions and experiences. I have been lucky to have had great supervisors and colleagues who have trusted me enough to put me in situations to succeed and taught me how to be the best technician and team member to accomplish the mission; that providing my best effort everyday was highly valued and was instrumental in being successful. Effort is also influenced by experiences early on in your life and can change as your personal and professional development and goals change. What has given me the drive to give maximum effort are not just the successes earned but also the teachings from my family.
  • Fostering a Culture of Excellence and a Winning Mindset

    Many of us have been given a project or duty that is inherently an uphill battle. We look at the situation and it is almost impossible to not be discouraged by the daunting tasks that lay ahead. It is in this moment we all have two choices in front of us; we can embrace this challenge with our hearts and minds focused on success…or we can quit, give up, or only put in a half effort, all of which can be considered the same tactic. How do we strive to make the first choice? Maybe the better question is, how do we get others to make that choice? 
  • Fostering a Culture of Excellence and a Winning Mindset

    Many of us have been given a project or duty that is inherently an uphill battle. We look at the situation and it is almost impossible to not be discouraged by the daunting tasks that lay ahead. It is in this moment we all have two choices in front of us; we can embrace this challenge with our hearts and minds focused on success…or we can quit, give up, or only put in a half effort, all of which can be considered the same tactic. How do we strive to make the first choice? Maybe the better question is, how do we get others to make that choice? 
  • Historical look back at Afghanistan

    Like so many of you, I woke up this week (August 15-18) reading the news, a horror and sadness settling into my stomach. Kabul has fallen to Taliban forces. Afghans fleeing for their lives, a resurge of terror and violence. Afghan interpreters to U.S. and Coalition forces, immediately targeted by the Taliban, desperately trying to flee the country
  • Amity – purposeful connections

    Over the last year, these have been some trending questions posed from airmen I’ve met at First Term Airman Center or in casual conversation. Hearing these questions and living in the climate with the highest suicide rate and in my own loneliness, I thought to myself, ‘How can I help myself and help the young women in their growth and thirst to be better?’
  • Your life is precious

    Suicide is a tragic event, and I can’t imagine all the different stories that lead up to someone taking their life. Know this: Your life makes an imprint upon others in ways beyond what you can imagine. As a pastor and a chaplain, I urge every reader of this commentary to consider that their very being is precious and that they are beloved.
  • Overcoming Obstacles Through Adoption

    MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, FL -- I am Tech Sgt. Kay Carbon with the 927th Aeromedical Staging Squadron at MacDill Air Force Base, FL and this is my family’s story. I still get emotional about it because I’ve realized it’s comprised of many twists and turns you wouldn’t anticipate.The year is 2010, Anthony and I had separated from active duty just a
  • Change For The Better

    MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, FL -- I’m truly thankful that I’ve been blessed with a beautiful family, my daughters are my world and my husband is an absolute gem. I can’t imagine what I would do without them.Here’s the thing, I’m from a very small town in Ohio where diversity was just a word in the dictionary. Growing up, I went to an all-white school
  • We Bleed the Same Blood

    I truly thought that I’d never bring this day up but in light of recent events, I think its time to explain how we’re not all equal in the eyes of everyone even if we want to believe we are.The day is June 10, 2013 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. There were three of us honor guardsmen practicing before we headed out to the little town of Crosbyton,
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