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  • Minutes of Success

    While there are numerous differences between active duty and the Reserve, the most difficult hurdle for me has been the consolidated timeline I have to be a successful and effective leader. As a supervisor while on active duty, I had my Airmen eight to 12 hours a day, five to six days a week. As a reservist, I may only have minutes with them during the monthly unit training assembly weekend.
  • COVID 19: An Opportunity in Disguise?

    Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, "When it is dark enough, you can see the stars." Also, when it’s dark, sometimes good things happen. Almost overnight COVID-19 hit us and we are now in a challenging place. However, at the 52nd Network Warfare Squadron, we are used to trials and view this crisis as an opportunity.
  • A whim turned into a life

    So I came home from work one day, frustrated with our financial situation, and began talking to my husband about what to do while he was washing the dishes. For some unknown reason these words just came out of my mouth, “Forget this, I’m just going to join the Air Force and they’ll pay for me to go back to school!”
  • The future is bright

    Despite the turmoil in our world and unrest in our country, I am optimistic about our future. Chief Master Sgt. Brian Bischoff, our command chief, and I have been asked some tough questions by many of you, and I thought I should share my thoughts.
  • Diversity in disability

    As I reflect on last month, I am reminded how no two individuals will ever travel on the same path or share the exact same experiences. In other words, we are all different and even if we are raised in the same household, we each observe and perceive the world in our own unique way.
  • 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.
  • Volunteering in a pandemic

    In March of this year the Freedom Fighters of the 42nd Cyberspace Operations Squadron, like so many others around the world, found themselves in an unfamiliar paradigm. I had just started to get my feet under me as a squadron superintendent when a global pandemic changed almost everything about how we work, operate and interact with friends and family.
  • Take a moment to learn more

    When I think of the Hispanic Heritage Month, 15 Sept. – 15 Oct., I think of the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute and their mission, which is to “Develop and deliver innovative education, training, research and collaborative solutions to optimize total force readiness.”
  • Reconciling good fortune during COVID-19

    It may be a little presumptuous of me to claim I have survivor’s guilt associated with COVID-19 considering it’s an on-going crisis. None of us will know who comes out the other side until we are already there. But, I believe we have been in this long enough to appreciate other people’s lives have been ruined. Entire households have been lost to this pandemic. So, why not me? Why not my family?
  • The best unit

    OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. -- Have you ever heard someone say, "The previous unit I was at was the best," or, "The unit I'm going to next is the best?" When I hear that, I usually think the person doesn't like their current unit. Also, it makes me wonder what makes a unit the best. The best times I’ve had were at units where I made an impact. For
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