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  • Diversity, inclusion are tools for national defense, not buzzwords

    We live in a dynamically changing and increasingly complex global security environment. In order to maintain ourselves as the world’s leading Air Force, we must continue to adapt and prepare for any potential contingencies — in today’s highly competitive environment.

  • Invisible Wounds

    I often look around the room and wonder, who is suffering in silence…facing challenges that no one else can see…scarred by traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress.

  • Pursuing a healthy dialogue and stigmatizing rape culture

    As service members, we receive a number of mandatory sexual harassment and assault awareness briefings each year. These briefings address an array of topics, but I would like service members to be given the opportunity to gain a better understanding of what constitutes rape culture.

  • Are you ready?

    As military members, we should have one main goal… to be ready! But, what should we be ready for? The real answer is everything. I’m asking you to consider what you can do personally to help us be ready for anything that comes our way. You accomplish this by taking the time and making the effort

  • Step up: Don’t be afraid to be a Mitchell, Doolittle, or Arnold

    The U.S. Air Force is sitting at a nexus in which the world is becoming increasingly dangerous and complex, and our nation is asking us to do things that keep us busier now than ever before, yet we have fewer people now than at any point in our history—just over a third of what we had in the 1950s!

  • What service before self truly means

    Think of what you might have to offer -- time, effort or skill. If there is something you are passionate about, harness it, support someone in need and make a difference; keep the spirit of service before self, alive.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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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