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  • 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
  • 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.
  • Are you ready to lead?

    MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. — The path to command is a journey that can take more than a decade for some, but no matter how long your path is, your chance to lead might begin today. Are you ready to lead?While there are countless books, articles and leadership seminars to help guide you to becoming a successful leader, I would like to suggest a
  • Can I get a handclap?

    MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. — You may have heard the song by Fitz and the Tantrums and seen the trending “Lemme get two claps and a Ric Flair” YouTube videos, and I know you’ve definitely heard my version. Cue the eye-roll: You probably think I’m a “hugger” too. That’s not exactly right though.I wasn’t always like this. I used to be Ms. Air
  • The Air Force they deserve

    MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.—Personnel at McConnell Air Force Base are blessed to serve in a supportive, military-friendly community.Whenever I am off the installation in uniform, I am constantly being thanked for my service. On several occasions, my lunch tab was picked up by an anonymous citizen in a gesture of thanks. I always respond with
  • Riding for the brand

    MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. — Many of us remember watching cowboy shows and movies on TV when we were kids. They were mostly about justice and fighting for what was right, and they showed outlaws, rustlers, sheriffs and marshals. One thing that always seemed to be in those movies were large cattle ranches and the importance of each ranch’s
  • It is a great day; what are you going to do with it?

    MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.— The names in this story have been changed to protect the not-so-innocent, the locations and specific mission details have been omitted and some of the quotes have been cleaned up to better fit the potential audience, but this is a story I need to tell.With 36 hours to go until my retirement ceremony, I am supposed to
  • Volunteering: Solidifying your “purrr-pose”

    MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.— The day my parents brought me home from the hospital, I was greeted by my mom’s dalmatian, Dallas. I had pets my whole life until I joined the Air Force in 2015.Leaving home at 18 and learning to live on your own is hard. The way I see it, leaving home at 18 and joining the military is harder — not only do you have
  • Space-A: Do you know how it works?

    The McConnell Air Force Base passenger terminal accommodates active duty and retired military members as well as their dependents through space available travel. Space-A can seem confusing, but it’s actually quite simple. It all starts with the sign-up process. Potential passengers will sign-up via email request and are then placed on the standby
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