Air Force Featured Stories

  • Month of the Military Child: My brat makes me proud

    Parents worry; it’s just what we do. We worry our child will get hurt. We worry we aren’t making the right decisions for them. We worry they’ve become irrevocably addicted to their iPad and that they really shouldn’t spend so much time watching videos of a 5-year-old millionaire open new toys.

  • Let's have a cup of coffee

    Regardless of your profession, many of us have been in positions defining the required leadership and management qualifications as an expectation of our ability to execute our office. But like many things, no two are alike and not one will prevail without the help of another.

  • Women's History: We all contribute

    It was a frigid day in January on a quiet hillside cemetery just north of New Market, Iowa. Surrounded by friends and family, we bid farewell to my grandmother. As we departed on those dusty gravel roads, I remembered my childhood and how she’d had such a profound impact on my life.

  • Step up: Don’t be afraid to be a Mitchell, Doolittle, or Arnold

    The U.S. Air Force is sitting at a nexus in which the world is becoming increasingly dangerous and complex, and our nation is asking us to do things that keep us busier now than ever before, yet we have fewer people now than at any point in our history—just over a third of what we had in the 1950s!

  • What service before self truly means

    Think of what you might have to offer -- time, effort or skill. If there is something you are passionate about, harness it, support someone in need and make a difference; keep the spirit of service before self, alive.

  • The OSD Logistics Fellows Program: A glimpse from inside

    Nearly 3 million men and women make up the Department of Defense; how few truly have opportunity for gaining insight and understanding of the origins of legislation, budget, policy, and oversight? The Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Logistics Fellowship provides selected logisticians the

  • I was abused, reasons I ignored it

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In observance of this, this article discusses one citizen Airman's experience to shed light on this issue."I swear I would never have hit anyone, but her..."As I sat in our couple’s therapist's office, my husband spoke the words that would one day become

  • #BeThere before the call

    When the phone rings in the middle of the night, it’s like an alarm going off in your brain. No one calls at one in the morning to say they were “just thinking of you.”I received one of those calls 13 years ago and woke to my mom telling me my dad had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The

  • Transparent leadership: An old concept for modern times

    Col. Sean P. Larkin, the commander of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, discusses the need for transparent leadership and what leading by example can accomplish.

  • Embracing diversity by leading from the front

    Often times when we hear terms like diversity and inclusion, we think of them more as buzz words or a way to hold someone accountable for not doing the right thing. But what does diversity actually mean to us in the Air Force? To me, it’s simple: place the right people in the right positions to

  • A same-sex relationship

    In light of June’s LGBT Pride Month, the Air Force has made strides in how we regard these individuals, as both military members and human beings, since the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy in 2011. What used to be taboo has now become widely accepted by the Defense Department.

  • Shattering the silence

    Experiencing domestic abuse took my voice away, and during the thick of it, I didn’t even recognize myself anymore. Well, I have my voice back and I’m breaking my silence.

  • Living with a mental illness

    Most people do not recognize mental illness when they see it. People can readily see and empathize with a physical injury or illness but not everyone can relate to an injury of the brain or emotional difficulties. Mental health professionals work hard to bring awareness to psychiatric problems and

  • Balancing work, life strengthens identity

    The health benefits of maintaining a balance between our career identity and our "true self," the one typified by the activities we engage in outside of work, has led to special attention on finding the happy medium.