Revitalizing squadrons: A commander’s perspective

by Lt. Col. Peter Aguirre, 381st Training Support Squadron

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.  — Over the course of a 20-year career, I have experienced some challenges at the squadron level due to decisions made by higher headquarters staff personnel that have negatively impacted squadrons or go against what a commander might think is best for their squadron.

April 12, 2018 ×
Don’t stress, we’ve all been there

Don’t stress, we’ve all been there

by Senior Airman Timmethy James
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The military lifestyle brings about constant change. One of the biggest and most drastic of the changes is the act of physically uprooting the family, sometimes on a semi-annual or annual basis. As exciting as a change of scenery might be, a permanent change of station could also bring overwhelming […]

March 15, 2018 ×

The power of communication

by Airman 1st Class Joshua Magbanua 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The name of the English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton might not be familiar to many people, but they may know his famous quote, “The pen is mightier than the sword.”

November 2, 2017 ×
Seeing red: A remedy with a melody

Seeing red: A remedy with a melody

by Senior Airman Devin Boyer
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Anger is a wildfire. When it’s just an ember, a simple splash of water can put it out. But if you let it grow, it becomes dangerous and tougher to extinguish. I’ve never been the type of person to express my true feelings to people. I’m stubborn to the core, […]

August 24, 2017 ×

Making things right

by Airman 1st Class Joshua Magbanua
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

It was a chilly spring evening as I was driving home after spending some time with friends. My wife, who was nine months pregnant at the time, was sleeping soundly in the passenger seat. My only concern at the moment was to bring her home as quickly and safely as possible.

August 10, 2017 ×
A U.S. Navy Sailor and a member of the Armee de Terre switch hats for a photo July 12 at Camp de Satory, France. During rehearsals, military members from different countries had the opportunity to interact and learn from the other’s military traditions and culture, further strengthening the bond between old allies.

Navigating the path to being forged in the crucible of anxiety

Story and photos by Airman 1st Class Savannah L. Waters
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

I readjust my shorts for the tenth time as I walk toward the group of people waiting around the van, reading the requirements for appropriate clothing. “Are they too short? It’s too hot outside for pants, but what if I’m the only one wearing shorts? Oh, she’s wearing sweats and […]

July 27, 2017 ×

Commentary — LGBT Experience

by an anonymous Airman

I left for Air Force Basic Military Training on May 11, 2015. I left behind most of my immediate family, the love of my life, Joseph, and our two dogs. The six-hour drive to the Military Entrance Processing Station was filled with every emotion ranging from anxious to excitement. An […]

June 29, 2017 ×
Commentary — Trans in the Military

Commentary — Trans in the Military

by Anonymous

My name is Stephanie. I was born and I enlisted into the Air Force as Jonathan from St. Louis, Missouri. My father was in the Air Force as well, and it just made sense for me to leave home the same way. My first year in the military was filled with what I would say every child leaving home deals with; learning who they are and learning to accept the different parts of who they are. That’s when I came out as transgender male-to-female, and at first, it was a very difficult few months. I first only came out to certain friends, and of course family, and all the change left me in a difficult place until I was introduced to the military’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community, OutServe-SLDN, Germany. Through this group I made many friends, and was accepted into their family almost immediately. After a few months of this, I had the confidence to live as who I was until I began pursuing treatment.

June 29, 2017 ×

Before and after the repeal

by Ashley Carothers

I’m often asked by younger Soldiers and Airmen: what was it like serving under don’t ask, don’t tell? My response, “I was an actress.” Every day I lived a double life. I would pretend to be interested in men. When out with co-workers I would flirt with guys who flirted […]

June 23, 2017 ×

What I hate about my job

by Airman 1st Class Joshua Magbanua 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

As a photojournalist Airman, I have documented some amazing stories of the Air Force. Unfortunately, I have also had the duty to document the military’s ugly side.

December 15, 2016 ×