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  • Tommy got a toy drone for Christmas, what’s next?

    The Consumer Electronics Association believes 2015 will be a defining year for the drone, with sales expecting to approach 700,000 this year. The industry must be selling all of those drones as FAA statistics show a surge in “close call with drone” reports by pilots of manned aircraft: nearly 700 incidents so far this year, roughly triple the amount recorded in 2014.
  • Dealing with holiday stress

    The holidays can be stressful, here are some tips of how to deal with finances, family and coping with sadness.
  • Volunteerism affects positive change

    Throughout our military careers, we often talk of being a volunteer force, a subset of our culture that has volunteered to serve our country in the profession of arms. Without disrespect to anyone currently in uniform or those that have served before me, I have always been in conflict over the military/volunteer discussions.
  • Georgia on my mind

    I had just arrived to my new assignment at the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, when the band was invited to go to Georgia to strengthen our national relations with the country. Our leaders believed that American Airmen performing in person and on television before millions of Georgians could transcend language barriers, building on existing cooperation to enhance proven partnerships between the countries.
  • Celebrating National American Indian Heritage Month

    During November, Americans celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month. This year's theme is "Growing Native Leaders: Enhancing our Severn Generations." On Nov. 11, Americans also celebrated Veterans Day. Through these two observances, Americans can celebrate not only the significant contributions of American Indians and Alaska natives to our heritage and culture and also their contribution to this country's defense.
  • What motivates you?

    Is it a pay raise, promotion, family or friends? We need to remind ourselves of the choice we made to be part of the total force and get excited about the fact that we can still serve.
  • I know who, what, when and where … but why?

    Leading by example can be a heavy burden, but it is the burden we choose to carry when we don the uniform each day. As leaders, we should focus on showing others "how" to be an American Airman who embodies the core values. We should also explain "why" it matters to serve with the utmost integrity because the "who, what, when and where" will then fall into place.
  • As numbers shrink, AF can do more with better

    John C. Maxwell tells us that "leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others." Let's remember that it's not just about us doing more with less, but training, organizing and equipping our Airmen, so that the Air Force can do more with better.
  • The importance of mentorship

    When I worked at U.S. Africa Command, the organization took steps to connect its member countries and cultures, to include referencing local proverbs during meetings. The most frequently mentioned saying was, "If you want to travel fast, travel alone; if you want to travel far, travel together."
  • Instructor pilot offers personal look in how CFC helps

    The Combined Federal Campaign is something I look forward to each year. It is important to me because it easily permits me to support organizations that raise awareness, funds research, and assists those afflicted by a rare genetic disorder that runs in my family.
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