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  • First Step to Honing Leadership, Becoming an Effective Follower

    When I was asked to write this article, many ideas ran through my head. However, one kept coming back to me, followership. Over the years, our focus has shifted to developing leaders through various forums. As we did this, it seemed that the need for developing followers has become a second thought.
  • Building Combat Power… Together

    Last Wednesday, Aug. 26, Barksdale Air Force Base accomplished something truly significant…a display of combat power against the backdrop of an imminent natural disaster.
  • Not afraid, thanks to you

    “Sir, I messed up” was something I said frequently in the early stages of my career. As a person with social anxiety who was petrified of authority, it took a lot of courage to admit to my leadership that I had messed up.
  • Why I am getting out of the Air Force and you shouldn't stop me

    When I first signed my name on the dotted line to serve my country, I had all these crazy, outlandish ideas of what I thought my Air Force experience was going to be. Well, spoiler alert, they didn't come to fruition, but what I got was a million times better than anything I could've ever imagined.
  • When the holidays are hard

    “When life is hard, the holidays can be harder” - Unknown
  • Giving

    “The heart that gives, gathers,” said Tao Te Ching.
  • Hope

    “Hope is a powerful weapon, and one that no power on earth can deprive you of.” – Nelson Mandela
  • Loneliness in the military

    September has come and gone, and the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur have passed. If I were at home with my family, we would have honored our faith together by sharing what has happened in our lives over the past year. However, I’m 2,000 miles away from my nearest relatives and I have never felt more alone.
  • Feeling at home at my first base

    I found myself alone, in my dorm, crying about me being in the military. Not because I regretted my decision, but because I didn’t have anyone to hug or laugh with. I didn’t have someone there to celebrate my accomplishments with and it felt like I had no one.
  • COMMENTARY: Longer waits, safer gates

    Every service member has a duty to defend the constitution of the United States. In order to do this, we support a variety of missions throughout the four branches of service. However, these missions are put in jeopardy if our security is compromised.
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