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  • Learning about people from my MWDs

    I am a Noncommissioned officer  and a military working dog handler at Incirlik, Air Base, Turkey. Working in a K-9 unit has served me well, and has presented a plethora of opportunities to understand how the skills I learn working with dogs translates into how humans interact with their environment.Now I know, to those who don't understand the
  • Take Time to Care

    "People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care" ~ Theodore RooseveltI am lucky enough to have the best job in the Air Force as a First Sergeant.  When I'm serving my squadron and commander I try to live by the words of our 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt.  He said, "People don't care how much you know
  • Finding balance

    With the recent increase in operations at Incirlik, balancing work and personal responsibilities such as taking care of our families, finances, and health can be challenging at times. However, in order to reach mission success as effective Airmen and leaders we must find and maintain a healthy life balance.As a first sergeant, a lot of Airmen talk
  • Habits versus Acts

    I recently had to put together a going away plaque for a departing first sergeant. Several years, and bases ago, we started a theme where we would pick a military or leadership quote to put on the plaque instead of the standard, "Thank you for your leadership" tag lines. The most recent quote was from Aristotle and went as follows:"We are what we
  • ’Go to guy’: Getting missions done

    In almost every work center there is always at least one 'go-to guy'.  Everyone knows who this person is and they are usually easy to spot.  Sometimes the 'go-to guy' is the hardest working Airman in their section.  Other times they are the subject matter expert in their career field, regardless of rank.  The 'go-to guy' is always the person
  • Two key attributes of success

    In order for any Airman to succeed in the U.S. Air Force, they need to exemplify certain characteristics. An Airman may never realize his or her potential to succeed without two crucial attributes: self-discipline and self-motivation. Discipline is instilled in us as children, starting with our parents. This is where we start to gain
  • 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.One of my older brothers and his son both have the disorder. As my mother was single
  • I Will Bring You Home

    The forest was awakened by the rustling sounds of more than 80 American and Vietnamese outsiders.  The heat and humidity was no match for their determination. Their shovels, pickaxes and sledgehammers scoured the earth.  Dirt fell through sifting screens like tropical rain as they looked for human bone fragments and artifacts.  Their faces were
  • The in-house recruiter

    I'll never forget the first time my Air Force pride shot through the roof of my heart.It wasn't upon graduating basic training; that was more of a weight lifted relief. It wasn't the first time I saw an F-22 Raptor take off, and it wasn't when I, as a young Airman, stood tall saluting during the sound of retreat at my first duty station.No. The
  • So there I was…

    So there I was ... trying to watch NFL Thursday Night Football on a Friday night with my NFL Game Pass.  The Denver Broncos versus the Kansas City Chiefs was the feature game. I watched the opening vignette that the NFL presents to hype the game just before kickoff four times in a row due to Internet issues. This was definitely not the ideal way to
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