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  • Pride through a lens

    By definition pride is a feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.
  • Commentary: Advice for the next generation of Airmen

    In a few days, after a quarter century of commissioned service to our country, I will be laying down the authorities, rights, and privileges of what wearing the uniform of our military symbolizes. 
  • Military, civil service career is a team sport!

    Accomplishing the military mission takes tremendous effort from the people who pledge to serve yet those same people don't serve alone.
  • Filling the 'white space'

    Quiet times of reflection are crucial to innovation and creativity. For me the best solutions, decisions, ideas, and connections develop when I am reflecting either by myself or with others, when I am taking time to listen with no agenda, when I am not in a rush to move on to the next event.
  • Seven reasons why 2021 will be the year financial readiness becomes mission readiness for you

    New Year's is a great time to make a savings or financial plan despite adversity that you may be facing. Fidelity Investments has found that 67% of Americans consider New Year’s resolutions involving their finances and that includes the military. Half of those will fail but let’s dwell on those that succeeded and take a look at resolutions they crushed and you can crush in the year ahead with diligence and behavior leading to success and a better life.
  • 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.”
  • Payroll Tax Relief: Opportunity With A Hitch

    There are four major ways that your income can be taxed as a civilian or military: Taxable, tax-deferred, tax free or free money retirement plan contributions matched by your employer.
  • Preventing suicide - starting with myself

    There is rarely a day that passes when I do not think of ending my own life.
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