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  • Editorial: We’ve come a long way since 1948, remember that this month

    We are a subgroup within a subgroup, a portion of the less than a percentage point of Americans who have answered their nation’s call and serve proudly in its defense. We are women in the United States Air Force.
  • Black History Month

    Black History Month is a time for our Nation to continue the tradition of paying tribute to African Americans across the globe for their distinguished contributions, achievements, and the influence they have made in our nation’s history.
  • Chaplain Shipman shares lessons from deployment to Afghanistan

    To reflect on times past and to envision hopes for the future is important as we move rapidly toward 2019. I encourage you to reflect today on your best day in 2018 and the promise of what your best day may be in 2019. To recall the past and reflect on its varied lessons is another opportunity to learn from and grow. My reflection from the past year is from a deployment to Afghanistan.
  • New Year’s Resolution: Read about the past for the future

    Gone, it seems, are the days of printed newspapers, as subscriptions have steadily declined and many daily publications have disappeared. It seems all but certain that we live in an era of headlines and newsfeed snippets that offer information designed for the passing glance at phone screens and tablets.
  • More than a patch: What is your squadron’s heritage?

    The chief of staff of the Air Force recently authorized the wear of the Operational Camouflage Pattern uniform, which is not only a significant shift to a more practical and combat-effective uniform, but also allows you to proudly display your unit’s emblem. This is another important step in the revitalization of the squadron and, just like back in the days of Battle Dress Uniforms, you are now authorized to wear your squadron’s patch on your uniform. However, do you fully understand the importance of your squadron’s heritage and what that patch resembles?
  • Out front: Growing beyond your comfort zone

    I joined the Air Force more than 17 years ago. Things have changed since then – my own personality being one of them.Today, I consider myself outgoing, extroverted and comfortable speaking in front of a large audience or easily strike up conversation with people I have never met before. However, that wasn’t always the case.The main reason for this
  • Seeking Better Balance: Pearls from my leadership path

    A cursory search of “leadership” on Amazon® books will return over 60,000 results. When I read, I’m always looking for practical solutions I may implement to improve my leadership style. Here are a few nuggets of wisdom I have found beneficial from my personal leadership journey. I share them in the hope they may likewise prove useful to others.
  • Funding innovation: Team Whiteman’s 2018 dollars go farther!

    The 3.7 percent increase to the Defense appropriation also included a $110 million increase in Facility Sustainment Restoration, and Modernization (FSRM) dollars. Additionally, Team Whiteman has been extremely successful in obtaining additional FSRM dollars to fund critical projects across the installation.
  • Take ownership in your squadron family

    The squadron is the most important organization in the Air Force. It’s where we, as a military, win or lose.
  • My first Father's Day

    It was exactly this time last year when I found out news that would change my life forever. Now, I am celebrating my first Father’s Day as a dad.It’s crazy to think about how much has happened between then and now—it still feels like I just received the news. My girlfriend, Casey, and I had been in a long distance relationship for a little more