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  • The Letter to My Mom – Beyond the Blue

    It is not what happens in life that makes me who I am, but it's how I am able to overcome obstacles that I face. Going through abuse shaped the way I thought, made me question who I trust and even changed my perspective on life. As a child, I was molested for years by my ex-step-father — someone I thought I could trust. One thing I wish someone had told me when I was hiding this secret was that there are people in the world who have gone through almost identical situations as mine.
  • Hoaxes, cyberattacks and scams - oh my!

    During this COVID-19 outbreak, we face unprecedented challenges touching every aspect of our lives.  This has brought out the best in many of us, including McConnell’s military and civilian personnel and their families. Sadly, these challenges also provide an opportunity to bad actors looking to take advantage of others.  This ranges from people
  • Fun dental facts for kids

    February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and we, in the profession, believe educating children about dentistry should be fun.
  • Don’t treat your subordinates like the end of a Scooby Doo episode

    Here’s my challenge to you: Don’t use the phrase, “Darn Airmen these days” as a crutch to be a poor leader.
  • Reflection

    The end of the year marks a threshold and invites a pause for reflection. It’s a great time to take stock of the year behind and look ahead.
  • Loyalty

    The greatest military in the world requires loyalty throughout the chain of command in order to efficiently achieve desired effects. Healthy organizations are loyal throughout the chain of command.
  • Taking care of your family, today and tomorrow

    In my business as a Casualty and Mortuary officer, I have heard it all. From notification teams knocking on wrong doors because the address on the member’s record of emergency data is incorrect, or while notifying parents we find out the Airman is married or has children, to informing spouses that their loved ones did not leave a dime to their name because they had outdated beneficiary information.
  • Complacency: being continuously ready

    “Oh, we'll never do that. There is no way the aircraft will ever be deployed to that location. We'll never need to fight in an environment like that. I don't know why we're doing this training since I'll never need to use it.” Sound familiar?
  • Know your job, do your job

    The old Proverb ‘many hands make light work,’ still holds true here at McConnell. Everyone here is essential to success and mission accomplishment — there is no one that is extra. The best way for us to get after our mission is for everyone to know their job, and then do their job.
  • AF culture: Something you can hang your hat on

    The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word culture as a set of shared attitudes, values, goals and practices that characterizes an institution or organization.