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Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III on end of American war in Afghanistan

Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III on end of American war in Afghanistan

Today, we completed the U.S. military evacuation of civilians and the removal of all U.S. forces from Afghanistan. I am deeply saddened that, in the course of this historic evacuation mission, we lost 13 of our own, along with so many others who were killed and wounded days ago by […]

September 3, 2021 ×

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U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Josh Olson, 86th Airlift Wing commander, holds a comfort kit provided by the American Red Cross at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 20, 2021. Ramstein Air Base is providing safe, temporary lodging for qualified evacuees from Afghanistan as part of Operation Allies Refuge during the next several weeks. Operation Allies Refuge is facilitating the quick, safe evacuation of U.S. citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants and other at-risk Afghans from Afghanistan. Qualified evacuees will receive support, such as temporary lodging, food, medical screening and treatment and more, while housed at Ramstein Air Base while preparing for onward movements to their final destinations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jan K. Valle)

Commentary: A message from 86 AW commander

To the men and women of Team Ramstein: In the span of only a few long days, Ramstein Air Base transformed into U.S. European Command’s primary evacuation hub supporting one of the largest, most complex humanitarian airlift operations in history.

August 27, 2021 ×

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Commentary: 21st century leadership: Innovation, embracing change

Commentary: 21st century leadership: Innovation, embracing change

Over the past year and a half the world has faced a global pandemic, stock market collapse followed by its meteoric rise, global political changes, and rampant social unrest. During this timeframe and despite the global upheavals, the U.S. military’s core missions did not change. The war against terror has […]

August 20, 2021 ×

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Commentary: Harness your experience

Commentary: Harness your experience

My alarm went off around 3:45 a.m. My gear was ready, and I quickly put on my base layers and hut sandals. I carried my bag and gear and left them outside the dining room. It was breakfast time. To me, eating is absolutely essential to climbing and I overeat […]

August 13, 2021 ×

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Commentary: Genuine community plus personal excellence equals achievement

Commentary: Genuine community plus personal excellence equals achievement

by Maj. Matthew McWhirter
786th Force Support Squadron commander

Leading is challenging due to the very thing that makes us the world’s greatest Air Force, diversity. However, it is because of diversity that we continue to challenge the norms and push beyond our adversaries. In fact, the joy of diversity is that we are not all the same. We do not all think alike. We do not all have the same desires and we do not all have the same motivations. While that is not a revolutionary concept by any stretch of the imagination, it highlights that leading cannot be a one-size-fits-all ordeal and it is incumbent on the leader to know, embrace and understand this concept to lead successfully.

July 22, 2021 ×

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Commentary: Leadership — choose your journey

Commentary: Leadership — choose your journey

by Col. Alison T. Forsythe
86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron commander

There are three tenants that I live by; choose your journey, don’t accept “no” and fight for what you believe in. Bottom line never give up on you. Throughout your life you will face challenges and may even feel like you are standing alone, but never give up on yourself […]

July 15, 2021 ×

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Commentary: Attitude is everything

by Master Sgt. Joseluis Paucar
First Sergeant, 496th Air Base Squadron

There is a great quote by Charles R. Swindoll that states “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it”. This quote has resonated with me as I look back at my 20-year career. Like many of you, I feel like I’m a completely different […]

July 8, 2021 ×

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Commentary: On an island, leading adaptive Airmen…Ready to execute

Commentary: On an island, leading adaptive Airmen…Ready to execute

My leadership philosophy wasn’t developed overnight; it is rooted in my parent’s investment in my childhood, sharing in my father’s 30 years of service to the Air Force, nurtured with my own life experiences and mentored by a handful of fine general officers. My childhood bestowed upon me the ability […]

June 4, 2021 ×

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Commentary: Crisis in perspective

Commentary: Crisis in perspective

Living in the time of a pandemic has been a draining exercise for us all, but if we take a step back for a moment there are some truly useful observations to be garnered. At the outset it’s worth pointing out that as Americans in the 21st century we are […]

May 28, 2021 ×

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Commentary: Where mission meets might: 86 AW and 786 CES

Commentary: Where mission meets might: 86 AW and 786 CES

Over the course of the past year, my fellow 86th Airlift Wing squadron commanders have provided leadership insight from their experiences in command. I wanted to take this opportunity to build upon their insight and expand it by highlighting the leadership opportunities that are brought forth to the Airmen of […]

May 21, 2021 ×