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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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