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  • Farewell RODEO, Welcome Exercise Mobility Guardian

    For many years Air Mobility Command was proud to host the AMC RODEO—an international competition meant to showcase our collective Mobility Air Force skillsets in an atmosphere of friendly rivalry and esprit d ’corps.  RODEO was always a popular event, and did well to further build relationships and international partnerships while motivating units
  • Jimmy Stewart: True American Patriot

    Jimmy Stewart once said, “What’s wrong with wanting to fight for your country? Why are people reluctant to use the word patriotism?”
  • No fight should be fought alone, especially loneliness

    In my family, Christmas time has always represented happiness, togetherness and caring for one another. In the warm embrace of our loved ones, we treasured what we had in our lives and tried our best to show our compassion for each other by spending time and sharing gifts with one another.
  • A Counsellor's Thoughts on Suicide Prevention Month

    The Air Force is not immune to the causes of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. People commit suicide for a number of reasons including feelings of hopelessness, guilt, or overwhelming stress or sadness. At times, a suicide attempt is an impulsive gesture following a stressful incident that is perceived as being insurmountable.
  • Leading fearlessly and openly

    Col. Scott L. McLaughlin, 446th Airlift Wing Commander, writes about how much the military has changed regarding diversity and Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) inclusion among our armed forces.
  • The Air Force Reserve: A heritage of innovation

    Col. Scott L. McLaughlin, 446th Airlift Wing commander, discusses his recent Capitol Hill Visit along with how the Rainier Wing is employing innovation to improve wing operations.
  • 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 the toll it took - until I became a Reservist
  • Passing defense budget would ensure readiness

    As a reserve component to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, our citizen Airmen work to balance a schedule that can be challenging between job demands, Air Force Reserve requirements and family time.
  • Enjoy a safe, fun holiday season with family, friends

    As the holidays approach and we enter a time of reflection and celebration, it’s as important as ever to keep sight of the most important asset to the U.S. Air Force — its people.
  • Take time to do the things that make for better leaders

    As I have departed my last few assignments, I was given the opportunity to speak to the members of my organization. In each instance, three central themes emerged.First, self-elimination. My advice was, "Don't." I have worked with many service members who had tremendous leadership potential -- many far greater than mine -- who consciously or
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