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  • Commander commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. birthday

    Americans will soon pause to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his enduring legacy of equality and respect for other regardless of their race, gender or religion. His “I Have a Dream” speech given in 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. was arguably the most famous of the Civil Rights Movement and still serves as an example of how
  • Commander's holiday message

    As we prepare for the holidays, I’d like to thank you for the numerous sacrifices you and your families have made to support our Air Force and the 919th Special Operations Wing in 2019. The challenges you faced this year were substantial. Yet through it all, your considerable efforts enabled us to maintain our combat readiness while also meeting
  • Thanksgiving message from the commander

    Citizen Air CommandosAs we prepare to enter the Holiday season, I’d like to thank you and your families for your selfless sacrifice an unwavering dedication to our nation’s defense. More than 51 million Americans will travel to visit family and friends over the Thanksgiving holiday. Whether you’re among those traveling or planning a family
  • Commander shares Veterans Day message

    Citizen Air Commandos Communities throughout the United States will pause today to show their gratitude to service members past and present on Veterans Day. It’s a day of honor. Veteran’s Day is about what happens when we have achieved our objective in combat and when our sons and daughters who have fought our nation’s wars come home. There will be
  • Enhancing trust transforms organizations

    In my last commentary, I rolled out three individual lines of effort – comprehensive readiness, deliberate talent management and enhancing organizational trust – to align with our strategic priorities. Today, I want to focus on LOE3, enhancing organizational trust.During my most recent trip to Indo-Pacific Command, a Reserve Citizen Airman asked me
  • Air Force celebrates 72nd Birthday

    On this 72nd birthday of our United States Air Force, Chief Olson and I would like to commend you on your hard work over the past year. Once again, we saw momentous accomplishments across this Command. From a Medal of Honor awarded to an AFSOC Airman, to the first combat deployment of our newest weapons system, the AC-130J, this year was truly remarkable.
  • Commander issues Labor Day message

    This weekend we observe the 125th anniversary of Labor Day as a national holiday. We honor the commitment and achievements of the American worker, whose dedication contributed significantly to this great Nation’s prosperity. As Citizen Air Commandos, serving in our community as well as our Air Force, you are a vital and vibrant part of what makes
  • Duke Field prepares for "tactical pause"

    The 919th Special Operations Wing will take a “tactical pause” Sunday, Oct. 6, to focus on the health of our Citizen Air Commandos and their families. This Resiliency Tactical Pause will enable us to discuss ways that we can improve our strategies for defeating an adversary that is killing more of our Airmen than any enemy on the planet – suicide.
  • AFSOC in two words: Humble Competence

    As Dawna and I prepare to leave Air Force Special Operations Command, I’ve become a bit reflective as you might imagine given the number of years we’ve served in this command. All of this reflection, however, can be summed up with the following: AFSOC is the finest special operations aviation force in the world...and, it’s because of her people.
  • Vectoring right: What's the big deal?

    Did you get those emails, too?  You know; the ones telling you to complete something called a “DP.” I admit that the first year I saw those emails, I just passed them by. I didn’t know what a development plan was, I didn’t understand why it mattered to me, and I really didn’t have the time to worry about it … so I didn’t. A year later I started