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  • On integrity

    The Air Force places integrity first, because it is, without question, the most important of our core values. In its purest form, personal integrity is doing the right thing, because it is the right thing to do. Integrity serves as our moral compass, the basis for the trust imperative to military service. Without this foundational principle, nothing else we do really matters. Structural integrity is the ability of an item to hold together under a load, including its own weight, without breaking or deforming. A suspension bridge, such as the Delaware Memorial Bridge, includes anchorages, piers, towers and suspenders. Each component of the bridge is critical to its success. It takes all of the parts, acting as a whole, for the bridge to stand. Not only must they work together to maintain its form, but they must also be strong enough to stand up to the weight of their mission.
  • Enhancing trust transforms organizations

    In my last commentary, I rolled out three individual lines of effort – comprehensive readiness, deliberate talent management and enhancing organizational trust – to align with our strategic priorities. Today, I want to focus on LOE3, enhancing organizational trust.During my most recent trip to Indo-Pacific Command, a Reserve Citizen Airman asked me
  • Through life's hardships please don't isolate yourself

    Command Chief Safley shares some words on resilience and encourages Airmen to seek out help as well as look for others who made need help too.
  • Team building frames security forces sendoff of top enlisted leader

    From birth to death – we join together before starting new chapters.Parents host baby showers, teachers hand out diplomas and communities erect memorials.These celebrations and observances provide us with an essential sense of resolution, which allow groups to move forward. However, some of our most honorable service members insist on discreetly
  • Preventing suicide - starting with myself

    There is rarely a day that passes when I do not think of ending my own life. Some days, my depression is an overwhelming weight to bear and it takes nearly everything I have just to push the thoughts away and get on with my routine.
  • Aviation Maintenance Technician Day recognizes those who keep the dream of flying alive

    As an  Air Force aviation mechanic on HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters in the 920th Rescue Wing, I would like to take time out May 24 to honor all of the Air Force's men and women who have worked behind the scenes making and keeping aviation possible, the unsung heroes charged with keeping our aircraft flying. Aviation Maintenance Technician Day is a
  • Make our Critical Days of Summer count, zero

    As we finish the 101 Critical Days of Summer (CDOS), I'd like to ask that each one of us use just a little bit more caution than we normally do from August to mid-September in the final days of the CDOS.Last year during this period, we experienced eight ground mishaps across the NAF, a 60 percent increase over the normal rate - four involved a
  • Memorial Day

    Initially known as Decoration Day, a day was set aside to honor the men who died during the Civil War. Proclaimed and officially observed in 1868, the last Monday of May each year would be set aside to remember the ultimate sacrifice of these soldiers and that we "let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming
  • The Awesome Airmen in 10th

    As I travel around the 10th Air Force AOR the one common ingredient at every location is the incredible caliber of our Airmen. From the 10th Air Force Staff to our Airmen working in all areas of Power and Vigilance, the professionalism, dedication and sacrifice to the mission is eye-watering. Our Reserve Airmen define Total Force as they serve side
  • Never saw this coming: Lessons learned in trying times

    I had the world by the tail: U. S. Air Force Academy graduate, Air Force pilot, six-time commander, 30-year Air Force career, and two stars; fit, healthy and strong. But subtle problems appeared out of nowhere: occasional vertigo, mild persistent headaches, cognitive challenges, having to stop during a hard run. I went to see the flight surgeon and