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  • Balancing motherhood and the mission

    It's an exciting time for female service members who balance the mission with motherhood. July alone featured three major decisions assisting military moms and families.  After the Navy took the lead in lengthening paid maternity leave from six to 18 weeks, the Air Force is now starting conversations in extending maternity leave as well.  With
  • Lifetime learner: What's the newest tool in your toolbox?

    We juggle many mission needs every day and the associated personnel support to take care of our people.  Take a moment to think about the last time you operated outside your comfort zone.  I caution against the perception that you don't need any more training because you've been around a long time.As Air Force leaders, it is our duty to grow the
  • Brothers in arms: A story of three Airmen

    The bond between brothers is a very special thing. As the oldest of three, this bond holds a very special place in my heart.In the military, it is also common to hear people refer to the men and women who perform this duty of service, brothers and sisters in arms.To live, work and die next to someone who maybe a couple weeks ago was a complete
  • Safety starts with you

    "The second day of July 1776, will be the most memorable epocha, in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding generations, as the great anniversary festival...It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade with shews, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to
  • Are you on the field or in the bleachers?

    "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort
  • Planting my first tree on Arbor Day

    Arbor Day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees, but that holiday didn't mean much to me until I participated this year. As a photographer, my job has been documenting the local and base leadership putting a shovel of dirt into an already planted tree.  I now have a greater understanding of the
  • 5/6 Alliance: Developing Airmen to improve Malmstrom

    The 5/6 Alliance is a private organization open to all senior airmen who have completed Airman leadership school, staff sergeants to include selects, and technical sergeants assigned to Malmstrom.Our goal is to better the community relations on and off base, to be mentors and role models for our younger Airmen; as well as maintain an open
  • Seize the chocolates

    As a wise mother once said, "Life is like a box of chocolates, Forrest.  You never know what you're going to get."  Most of us can relate to this truth.  Things happen that throw our lives off of "the plan."  For example, when I was five, "the plan" was to become a space-faring, fire/crime-fighting pirate.  Then growing up happened.  More recently,
  • LGBT Pride Month

    One of the greatest aspects of the United States military is that people of all different beliefs, races, religions, et cetera, can come together to support and defend the constitution.  Our military is not made up of just one type of people, but of all the people who live in our great nation.  For too long, many people of the lesbian, gay,
  • Humility in effective leadership

    Constant change and adaptability are a consistent theme throughout history for military leaders.  A well-known anecdote among military men and women is "the plan never survives first contact with the enemy."  The ability to change the plan for the circumstances you face is a unique skill and critical for an effective leader. The Air Force published