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  • Empathy: Pass it on

    During this unique time, it is easy for people to get overwhelmed. From the pandemic to current race relations to the upcoming election, it appears that no matter where you look, there is something about each topic, good, bad or indifferent.
  • Payroll Tax Relief: Opportunity With A Hitch

    There are four major ways that your income can be taxed as a civilian or military: Taxable, tax-deferred, tax free or free money retirement plan contributions matched by your employer.
  • Preventing suicide - starting with myself

    There is rarely a day that passes when I do not think of ending my own life.
  • September Chaplain's Reflections

    "A man [or woman] of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother or [sister]." Proverbs 18:24 (NASB) 
  • Invisible Enemy

    If someone told me on Dec. 31 what was going to happen in 2020, I probably would’ve thought he or she was crazy and needed to talk to someone.
  • Blaming Victims - Comforting Ourselves

    Victim blaming is not exclusive to sexual assault or even crime. You may hear of a friend’s home being burglarized and think, they should not have bought a house in that neighborhood, but you may also have heard of an acquaintance passing away in a car accident and rationalized that they probably fell asleep at the wheel. Again, these thoughts comfort us with false control over our own lives. However, sexual assault victim blaming can be especially heinous as many victims find themselves targets of bullying, ostracism, and reprisal.
  • Effective Time Management

    As you progress in your career and climb the ladder of development, you will inherently acquire greater responsibility and more will be expected of you.
  • Leadership is a team sport

    To prepare for this commentary, I reflected on my first year in command - all the good and bad. As I did this, one thing stood out in each scenario; I did nothing alone. For each situation and every decision, I had the 4th SOPS leadership team with me. The wise advice and different perspectives ensured I made decisions that were not about me, but
  • Thank you, Knights

    It doesn’t seem fair that I’m the one writing this. On May 12th our wing, and the Air Force at large, lost a great leader, mentor, and friend. Colonel Falzarano’s impeccable service as your commander over the last year speaks for itself, and if he were here I have little doubt that his words would fill us all with the closure we need: for not only these trying times during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but for the decommissioning of the 21st Space Wing, and for the immense loss we continue to feel at the mention of his name. With that said, as Melissa and I begin our transition out of the Air Force, allow me one final chance to offer a few thoughts of my own, and to thank you all again for your never ending excellence and commitment to the mission.
  • Let Our Core Values be Your Polaris

    Almost two years ago, I had the opportunity to visit the Air Force Academy with many of the leaders of 22nd Air Force where I found a beautiful base and campus full of rich history and traditions. One of the highlights was a tour of one of the newest buildings, Polaris Hall. Polaris (another name for the North Star) is a very modern building designed to foster collaborative, innovative problem solving with teams of airmen.
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