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  • Using gratitude to combat the 2020 attitude

    This time last year we did not know. We gathered with friends and family for a feast in the name of thankfulness without awareness of what 2020 would have in store. What did 2020 usher? For starters, hardship, isolation and the beloved face mask. Who would have guessed we would have toilet paper shortages, restricted travel and physical distancing?
  • TRICARE Open Season: Nov. 9 – Dec. 14

    TRICARE Open Season is underway, and here is the latest "Take Command" toolkit, 'TRICARE Open Season: Call to Action.'
  • Three questions for your journey

    I have the privilege of meeting with Airmen every day. Sometimes it is for joyful events such as promotions or awards, but other times it is for more deliberate counseling or course corrections.Whatever the circumstance, I find that the conversation eventually evolves to the point where I ask some fundamental, but incredibly important
  • Experiences step up our insight

    We’re talking about open-minded approaches that welcome the input of all service members.
  • My story is not unique

    At the age of nine, my grandmother told me a story I have never been able to get over. She told me a story about when she was a year younger than me she was smacked in the face by a woman in a grocery store for talking too much. She did not know the woman and she was smacked because she was translating English to Spanish for my great-grandmother.
  • The indefinite temporary: 2020 teaches lessons in gratitude, personal growth

    In April, as much of the world was cooped up indoors, waiting out the first, deadly batch of cases during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, I was binge watching every episode of the classic American TV show “M*A*S*H.”
  • It’s what you don’t say that matters

    I remember being a kid on the playground hearing the melodic retort which traditionally followed a sizzling brickbat: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”
  • The importance of diversity and experience

    The Air Force continues to drive home the importance of diversity and rightfully so. We all make better decisions by surrounding ourselves with people who don’t look, think and act like we do.
  • I don’t treat everyone the same…now let me explain

    I do treat everyone with dignity and respect. Whether you are an Airman 1st Class, lieutenant colonel, the squadron’s commander’s support staff or the group commander, a government civilian employee or the UPS driver dropping off a package.
  • Creating high performance through job satisfaction

    Do you like your job? Do your Airmen like their jobs? If you answered no, why? How you answer those questions can say a lot about your organization. Believe it or not, you can create a better workplace for your Airmen.
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