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  • The belly of the whale may change your focus

    Do you ever find yourself mentally in a place so horrible that you cannot understand what you have done to end up there; a place so horrific that waking up is depressing? This feeling is called “the belly of the whale” and is characteristic of a time in life when one struggles to transform into his or her greater self. The struggle becomes stagnant
  • Servant Leadership: The Importance of the Spirit of Aloha

    ALOHA is more than a Hawaiian greeting and acronym. The “H” in ALOHA is Ha‘aha‘a, meaning humility, to be expressed with modesty. I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who despised someone’s humility. False humility though is another story. As for humility, when expressed with modesty, it can be exercised by all who choose to do so.I had the
  • Wildfire smoke, ash may increase health risk

    COVID-19 is a global pandemic contributing to thousands of deaths and great economic damage. If that is not enough, numerous wildfires are ravaging the west coast of the United States.California is one of the states that has especially been hit hard, not only by the virus, but also large wildfires. The smoke and ash from these fires increase health
  • Team March race discussions

    On June 1, 2020, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright posted a candid and passionate op-ed on his official social media pages regarding his fears and perspective about what it has been like to be a Black man in the Air Force.“I am outraged at watching another Black man die on television before our very eyes,” Wright wrote. “What
  • All personnel required to wear face coverings on March ARB

    COVID-19 was first ruled a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) Mar 11, 2020. Since then, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have quoted studies, as well as released documentation, that one of the main non-pharmaceutical interventions that Airmen can use to protect the base community and their wingmen are face
  • Wildfire safety preparedness

    As of July 19, 2020, California wildfires had burned close to 38,000 acres this year, as reported by the California Department of Forestry and Fire (CAL FIRE), compared to the 22,000 acres at the same time last year. Those numbers are rapidly increasing as the summer conditions continue to put our state into one in need of disaster relief. Due to these alarming statistics, and the increase in wildfire danger across the state in the past few years, CAL FIRE has launched the “Ready, Set, Go!” campaign to help Californians learn what they can do to better prepare themselves, their families and their homes against fires.
  • Standing on the shoulders of giants

    Unfortunately, in contemporary times, we are not only faced with a pandemic, but cases of ongoing police brutality, racial injustice and social classicism all over the country. Emotions are high and civil unrest is prevalent. In such situations, as leaders, it is our responsibility to follow in the footsteps and paths of those historical, civil
  • 452nd Air Mobility Wing named Air Force Outstanding Unit

    The 452nd Air Mobility Wing, Air Force Reserve Command’s largest wing with 4,000+ Airmen, was recently awarded an Air Force Outstanding Unit Award winner for 2017. From humanitarian aid to combat support operations, the men and women of the 452 AMW supported thousands of Department of Defense taskings during this period.  Their taskings included
  • Zero tolerance policy on use of CBD by Airmen/Defense Department employees

    The United States has seen a recent surge in cannabis products since the legalization of recreational marijuana in eleven states. One such product that has become widely available is cannabidiol (CBD), a substance that is derived from Cannabis sativa (hemp/marijuana) plants. You may have heard radio announcements or anecdotal stories about the
  • Your Output Cannot Exceed Your Input

    Every October, hundreds of world class athletes gather in Kona, Hawaii, for the annual Ironman World Championship Triathlon. The race consists of three disciplines, a 2.4-mile ocean swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a 26.22-mile marathon run, consecutively. Completing the course is a lifetime achievement, much less competing to win. A couple of