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(Courtesy graphic) Motivating the Motivators
As the commander of the 315th Training Squadron, I am honored to serve with world class instructors, military training leaders and support staff as they train, develop, and inspire the future leaders of our Air Force. Instructors and MTLs, like all supervisors in the Air Force, have the incredibly important task of motivating their subordinates and
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U.S. Air Force Col. Ricky Mills, 17th Training Wing commander, speaks during the 50th Vietnam War Commemoration at the Fort Concho parade ground in San Angelo, Texas, Nov. 18, 2017.  Mills made note of the 11 buildings on Goodfellow that are named in recognition of Vietnam veterans, including Albert Tijerina. (U.S. photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/released) An open letter to Vietnam veterans
Dear Vietnam Veterans,I feel a deep connection to all of you. I am a Vietnamese adoptee, born in Vinh Long, Vietnam. In 1975, with the fall of Saigon imminent, President Gerald Ford sanctioned a humanitarian effort to mass evacuate thousands of orphans to their adoptive families throughout the world. This historical operation was known as Operation
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U.S. Marine Corps, then and now. Marine Corps 242nd Birthday
Every summer the U.S. Marine Corps begins preparing for its annual birthday ball.  Marines reserve their seats, sharpen their uniforms, and for those given the privilege of participating in the ceremony, rehearse their roles.  The significance of Nov. 10 originates back to the turbulent year of 1775 when the Second Continental Congress resolved to
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U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Russell Stewart/Released Don’t drop the ball
As military service members, our careers inherently make prioritizing our work and personal time difficult. With all that our service duties entail, we have to make a concerted effort to find time for ourselves. Whether the time is for family, spiritual growth, friends, or leisure it’s important to keep everything in focus. To achieve balance, we need to distinguish what we value in our personal lives, while still accomplishing the mission and being successful in the workplace.
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(Photo Illustration by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose) Domestic Abuse, personal story
I recall when I was seven, walking home after school thinking of my toy cars. My mind was set on sitting down and playing with my favorite car, a 1969 Dodge Charger. Its cool green paint job, the boxy front end and curvy wheel fenders made me feel strong. Cars always gave me a sense of freedom. The freedom to hit the road and go wherever I desired.
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A photo illustration of the USS Freedom and the USS Constitution. Navy celebrates its 242nd birthday
From ships of wood, canvas and cannons to the modern steel, gas turbine, hybrid engines and Tomahawk missiles, our Navy has risen, fallen and risen again. It has reached all corners of the globe on the backs of 242 years of dedicated Patriot Sailors.In late December 1781, after eight years of bloody rebellion and the ultimate defeat of the British
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Bill Farrow, second from left, with his crew aboard the USS Hornet. The patches on their A-2 jackets are from the 34th Bomb Squadron, a component of the 17th Bomb Group. (Courtesy photo) Lieutenant William Farrow
October 15, 2017, marks the 75th anniversary of the execution of Lt. William Farrow and two others by a Japanese firing squad for their role in the 1942 Doolittle Raid. Farrow was a graduate of Goodfellow’s first fight class.Had you been standing on the Golden Gate Bridge six months earlier you might have seen him as the aircraft carrier USS Hornet
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Photo illustration by Airman Zachary Chapman. Good order and discipline
“Discipline is the soul of an army,” said Gen. George Washington. “It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.” These powerful words were captured in his July 29, 1757, Instructions to Company Captains speech. Not surprisingly, the wisdom of Washington’s words have not changed over time. Today, much like
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Preventing suicide in the Air Force requires buy-in from every level, from senior leadership to junior Airmen. September is Suicide Prevention Month. Strengthening the connections you have in your life, with friends, family, coworkers and wingmen, helps build resiliency and guards against suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Suicide Prevention Month is here
At 16, life wasn’t so sweet. Amidst a change in schools and the onset of bipolar depression, I contemplated my place and purpose in life and considered the implications of taking my own life. Internally I was treading water in a sea of unending pain, and as is the case for most suicidal people, I could not see a way out. In retrospect, I had no
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Illustration photo of a military couple holding hands. Dual-military marriage challenges
Military marriages, whether civilian-military or military-military, inherently call for spousal sacrifice and career flexibility. Joint military marriages, known as "mil-to-mil" are a one kind of military relationship that takes sacrifice and career plans to a challenging but rewarding level. Amongst the total military active duty force, 6.4
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