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  • Shattering the silence

    Experiencing domestic abuse took my voice away, and during the thick of it, I didn’t even recognize myself anymore. Well, I have my voice back and I’m breaking my silence.

  • From the Top: Passing the Torch

    The ending of any assignment is bittersweet, and the end of this one is no different. As I prepare to transition into the next phase with my family, I am excited but also a bit sad. We have accomplished so much together over the last four years, and it will be hard to leave the incredible people and

  • An adventure of a lifetime

    Everybody has their idea of what an “adventure of a lifetime” is for them. I got to realize one of those adventures recently as I was invited to attend the Army’s Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Georgia. Many events led to an invitation by the battalion commander of the 507th Parachute

  • Being a part of history

    As I touched down in Cuba on a mission to support the president on his inaugural visit to Havana, I couldn’t help to think, this is one that I will tell my grandkids about. Cuba and I seem to have a love hate relationship lately. I was deployed to Guantanamo Bay last year and was running media

  • The ‘Dirty Dozen’: what it means to serve as a Reservist

    When I was the spouse of a Reservist (which was the better part of my five years of marriage), I didn't get it. My husband would work his normal work week, then square away his uniform on Friday night for drill on Saturday and Sunday. Come Monday morning, he was back at work, and I had no concept of

  • Police, Public Affairs, Professionalism

    In the vast realm of career fields, most people would not associate the occupation of the police with the profession of public affairs. However, these two paths are more similar than commonly thought of by society.A law enforcement officer and an Air Force public affairs specialist are both

  • Every Airman has a story, and here's mine

    My name is Senior Airman Tom Brading, and like many Reservist, I was an active duty before joining. Before that... I was born, and spent the better part of my life in small Indiana town. To me, the town of North Vernon, will always have an endearing charm. I grew up there, my family is there, I

  • A day of firsts

    An 1800s English philosopher by the name of John Stuart Mill said, “There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home.” This can be attributed to many things in our lives, but how often do we really experience a “first time moment” that

  • Do the right thing … Even if no one is watching

    It’s something that is drilled into us when we join the military – Integrity in all we do. But what does it mean to you and how do you incorporate it into all aspects of your life?When we act honestly and adhere to a moral code based on ideas of good and bad, we are exhibiting integrity. To put it

  • Why generational differences should matter to military members

      As military members it has become increasingly necessary to consider generational differences within our ranks. Generational differences are a part of how we communicate, what we value, and what motivates us as military members.  Our professional military education covers a great deal but never

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