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  • #BeThere before the call

    When the phone rings in the middle of the night, it’s like an alarm going off in your brain. No one calls at one in the morning to say they were “just thinking of you.”I received one of those calls 13 years ago and woke to my mom telling me my dad had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The words didn’t sink in right away; I had to ask her to
  • Transparent leadership: An old concept for modern times

    Col. Sean P. Larkin, the commander of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, discusses the need for transparent leadership and what leading by example can accomplish.
  • From military son to military father, a tribute to military dads

    Senior Airman Christian Clausen, a photojournalist at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, reflects on his experiences as both a military child and military father.
  • Embracing diversity by leading from the front

    Often times when we hear terms like diversity and inclusion, we think of them more as buzz words or a way to hold someone accountable for not doing the right thing. But what does diversity actually mean to us in the Air Force? To me, it’s simple: place the right people in the right positions to execute our mission.
  • A same-sex relationship

    In light of June’s LGBT Pride Month, the Air Force has made strides in how we regard these individuals, as both military members and human beings, since the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy in 2011. What used to be taboo has now become widely accepted by the Defense Department.
  • Shattering the silence

    Experiencing domestic abuse took my voice away, and during the thick of it, I didn’t even recognize myself anymore. Well, I have my voice back and I’m breaking my silence.
  • Living with a mental illness

    Most people do not recognize mental illness when they see it. People can readily see and empathize with a physical injury or illness but not everyone can relate to an injury of the brain or emotional difficulties. Mental health professionals work hard to bring awareness to psychiatric problems and available treatments, but we need your help.
  • Balancing work, life strengthens identity

    The health benefits of maintaining a balance between our career identity and our "true self," the one typified by the activities we engage in outside of work, has led to special attention on finding the happy medium.
  • New mantra must be 'People first, mission always'

    Today's Airmen are busy. Whether its high ops tempo, constant deployments or low manning, our Airmen are being asked to do more and more every day. Nothing is more important than accomplishing the mission -- except for taking care of the people you supervise.
  • Introspection

    We were all created different. We think differently, perceive things differently and interpret success and failure through very different lenses. At each person’s unique period in life, they begin to look back, wondering if they truly made a difference.
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