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  • A stranger in line

    As we work to build a more resilient Air Force, let the people around us know they matter and strengthen our connections with the Airmen and communities that surround us, I implore you to ignore the voices of fear and apprehension that might prevent you from reaching out to the person next to you. Say hello to that stranger. Greet that Airman. Introduce yourself to the person you’ve never seen before at work or in the grocery store. You never know what a difference you might make in their life. But I truly believe that even if you don’t make a difference in their life, you will in yours. Aim high, Airman. Dover Pride.
  • A crisis of courage

    Before transferring into the Air Force, I served in the Army as an armor officer in an armored cavalry squadron. As a part of the lead element in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, I was a scout platoon leader in charge of 31 men and six Bradley Fighting Vehicles. During my wartime experience, I have seen men who were dynamic leaders in exercises wilt under the responsibilities of combat, and I have seen others step up to the challenge and excel when it mattered most. While we were staged in Kuwait prior to facing the enemy, I was able to witness both extremes of courage.
  • Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

    In February of each year, we celebrate Valentine’s Day, a day on which people of all ages celebrate love and affection in their relationships. However, February is also Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month because of the negative impact harmful relationships could have on adolescents. TDVAM is a national effort to increase awareness of dating violence in teens, promote support for teens and encourage communities to prevent teen violence in all of its ugly forms. Ultimately, the goal is to decrease the occurrence of dating violence among teens.
  • Attitude + Choices + Effort

    As we have stepped into a new year, Dover Airmen continue to do amazing things and make me proud each and every day to work for them. My philosophy has always been to have a positive attitude, make good choices and give a high level of effort, no matter what your profession is, through our Air Force Core Values. I share these with our newest Airmen in each First Term Airmen Course to build a connection between the Airmen and the mission. It is important that we build connections at all levels, since being an Airman is what all of us one percent have in common. What does it mean to be an Airman?
  • A letter from the new wing commander

    As I enter command, I want to first say, thank you on behalf of my entire family for the ongoing support in the local community and on base. The change of command ceremony alone was a significant undertaking during a time when the “Eagle Wing” is extremely busy around the world. As I said goodbye to the Safranek family, I was also reminded of Simon Sinek’s “Styrofoam Cup” message, which used the analogy of switching from a Styrofoam cup to a ceramic mug for senior leaders entering into positions of increased responsibility.
  • Let's TALK about it

    Struggling with depression doesn’t make you any less of an Airman. This simple statement, repeated many times during my counseling sessions, is often the catalyst to helping Airmen open up and begin their healing process. And make no mistake about it – Depression is a “silent disease.” “Silent,” because the social stigma attached to people struggling with depression too often forces people into silence. And that silence is deadly.
  • You are greater than you know

    “You are greater than you know.” This simple quote, attributed to various authors, is displayed in a prominent location in my family’s home. Every member of my family sees it every day and is thereby reminded of it. Every day. It was true whenever it was first said, and it is true now — for every one of us, every day. “You are greater than you know.”
  • Challenge yourself … Get uncomfortable

    Team Dover … I hope the lights are back on by the time this prints! You’ve had a roller-coaster of a week, and you’ve earned some time off. Take the time for yourself to do nothing at all ... for a bit. Then, get back at it. Take the time to do what you love. Take the time to better yourself. Take the time to brush up on and hone your skills. Most importantly, take the time to get uncomfortable doing it.
  • What is a "military family"?

    Each November, the president signs a proclamation declaring it as Military Family Month, so as we prepare to enter this family-filled month, I ask myself: What, exactly, is a “military family”? Our family members are right there with us, enduring the hardships military life brings. For this, our families are forever the champions: the glue that keeps us on point, ready to do the nation’s business. It is everyone’s responsibility, whether you are married with children or a single Airman living in the dorms, to ensure our brothers- and sisters-in-arms are taken care of. It’s the military way, and it’s the family thing to do.
  • When you hear “Equal Opportunity,” what comes to mind?

    We need to teach our youth that there is no place for discrimination and that we are all created equal, regardless of our backgrounds. We are not defined by where we come from; we are defined by where we are going and how we embrace others. For me, “equal opportunity” looks like love. It looks like commitment and taking a stand to ensure none are discriminated against. The strength of love will end discrimination, for love casts out fear.
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