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  • Transitions: Reserve helps Airman find balance she craves

    JOINT-BASE SAN ANTONIO-Randolph, Texas – As I sat in the lobby of the Military Personnel Section at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., waiting for my active duty career to wrap up, my mind was filled with competing emotions.  On one side, there was disappointment in myself for not continuing with my career. The Air Force had provided me with a
  • Service, 96th FTS-style

    “Thank you for your service.” How does it feel when you’re in uniform and hear those words? We take those words for granted. It always makes me feel a little awkward. I don’t really know how to reply. Most often, I reply with a simple “thank you” and a half-hearted smile. I know that a “thank you for your service” is not just for me but for the
  • Remembering MLK: Leadership traits and experiences applicable to today's military --

    On the third Monday of January each year, as we -- Air Force members -- civilian and military -- reflect on and celebrate the world-changing movements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we are reminded of how much of Dr. King's message mirrors our three core values: integrity first, service before self, excellence in all we do.Integrity First --
  • Building officers of character

    “So what do you want to do when you grow up?” This is my standard ice-breaker question when flying with a new student for the first time.  My intent is not to make them feel uncomfortable; rather to assess whether or not they entered flight school to chase a dream. Most often, I get a rather modest, hesitant response because the student doesn’t
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