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  • Honoring our fallen warriors

    The early morning brought a crisp, cool wind with just a hint that fall was on the way. Even though I could not see the changing of the leaves as I normally would, I had the honor of praying over service members who gave their lives willingly, so that I and others might live in freedom each day. As I walked onto the C-17 Globemaster III, my mind
  • Sexual Assault reporting is first step to recovery

    We all have received the annual "SARC Training;" Restricted versus Unrestricted reporting, this is what sexual assault is, blah, blah, blah. There are always the whispers when the SARC walks into the room, "Oh great, it's time for another 'don't rape' briefing..." This is simply a subject that people do not want to hear about, especially over and
  • Cyber Awareness Week highlights importance of cyber defense

    The 379th Expeditionary Communications Squadron hosted a Cyber Awareness Week (CAW), Sept. 11-16. The week was the brainchild of Lt. Col. Terrence Adams, 379th ECS commander. His vision played out over the course of the week, by creating an event intended to increase user awareness of cyber threats and adversarial tactics. By incorporating fun and
  • Legacy of Leadership -- Decade of Dominance

    October 7, 2011, will mark a decade since America began combat operations in Afghanistan. Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) commenced with the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS) as the lead B-1 unit. Ten years later the "World Famous" Thunderbirds are stationed in Southwest Asia with the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW). We will mark the
  • For my family

    Departing for a foreign location can be a challenging time for many families. Deployment usually won't make a family stronger if it isn't strong from the beginning. If there are problems with finances, health, communication or trust, adding thousands of miles of distance will only aggravate things. Tensions rise toward the approaching departure
  • Finally home: one man’s pure desire to serve his adoptive nation

    It's amazing how sometimes you get just what you need, right when you need it. More than five months into another deployment, I was tired. Tired from the challenges faced in a new job, a new place. Tired from the long hours and pressure of trying to be the best. Tired of being away from my wife and kids. With my personal battery gauge hovering in
  • Preventing sexual assault is everyone's responsibility

    Every week I brief to newcomers during the Right Start briefing. I always begin my brief by asking the audience if they know what a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator does for a living. For the most part, I get a blank stare back from the audience, with the occasional person shouting out, "You help victims of sexual assault." While there is truth
  • Changing the culture in the workplace

    During the month of June, I was selected to participate in "Operation Air Force" and assist with the development of some of the U.S. Air Force Academy's best and brightest, who were selected to come to our location and spend time with the deployed Airmen here. I was afforded the opportunity to spend a significant amount of time with the Cadets,
  • Why do we do what we do

    As I stand here, knee deep in the Change of Command season...I am reflecting on "things". What an incredible time to be among my fellow Airman as we are all preparing to embark upon new opportunities. Some of us are coming while others are going out from our wing.As the time here at this "undisclosed location in Southwest Asia" comes to an end, I
  • Recognizing Personal Sacrifice

    What does personal sacrifice mean to you? Is it being separated from friends and loved ones for an extended period of time? Is it losing the convenience of having your own personal space and not having to live and work with hundreds, maybe even thousands of your closest friends? Every Airmen, Soldier, Sailor, Marine, joint and coalition warrior