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  • Spotlight: Tech. Sgt. David Flores

    In this edition of Spotlight Tech. Sgt. David Flores, a 73rd Aerial Port Squadron unit training manager, shares why he joined the military and his career goals.Q: What did you want to do as a kid?Flores: As a kid, I wanted to do what I think a lot of kids wanted to do, which is be a pilot. I wanted to fly jets. Q: Why did you join the
  • People and innovation

    Happy August men and women of the 301st Fighter Wing! As we near the end of another successful fiscal year I have two topics I’d like to cover this month -- people/teamwork and innovation.
  • Balance vs. integration

    Work responsibilities, family/relationship time, pursuing higher education, staying fit, life in general... our Reserve Citizen Airmen face a lot of obstacles on a daily basis. With so many competing priorities, how do we maintain a healthy balance and not come up short in each one? We always talk about work-life balance, but I feel this is a misnomer. It suggests there is an equality or stability, when in reality, we spend a large amount of our time working. I feel integration is a better term, and we all need to be mindful of our work/life integration. By properly integrating our work/life, we can set aside enough focus time and not miss anything on our journey. Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright started a 2-10-5-7 philosophy. Two hours of personal time in the morning for meditation, self-study, development, and working out. Ten hours for work. Five unplugged and focused hours to family and other personal relationships. The remaining seven is for recharging body and mind. After hearing this from Chief Master Sgt. Wright in January, I was quick to adopt this new paradigm. I have been pretty good about following the schedule, but have also added a small tweak at the beginning of my day. I typically don't jump right out of bed in the morning. I enjoy a slow wake up, and hit the snooze button a couple of times. Now, I utilize that time more efficiently thanks to my friend Chief Eric Smith. The first five minutes, post-alarm, are spent meditating. The next five are spent listing the things I am thankful for. The next five are devoted to some strategic thinking. The last five are a mental picture of my schedule for the day. At the end of the 20 minutes, I'm up and off. I integrated my desire to ease into the day with other factors important to me. I round out my two hours with working out, reading, watching some news, and preparing for the day. I will say I prefer to work out in the afternoon, but found that things would pop up and take over my end-of-day routine. As a result, I would eliminate working out, which is not good for the waistline. Now, I 'pay' myself first. I typically spend the next ten hours engaged at work--there is some windshield time in there too. Once I get home, I am able to spend five hours on relationships with the people important in my life. It's focused time, and typically doesn't include phones, tablets, or a computer. I try to get to bed at a normal hour and spend about seven hours recharging for the next day. Adopting a schedule can help you navigate the daily challenges, prioritize people in your life, and help you build resiliency. This exact model may not work for you, but is obviously negotiable for your specific lifestyle. The philosophy is a way to better organize your time. For it to work you have to be focused/mindful in your current time slot. Let me know how is your work/life integration journey is going. Maybe you have a different model. Either way, I would be interested in hearing about it. Follow me on Facebook @301FW/CCC.
  • USO, wing aim to boost morale Texas style

    Summer time in Texas means barbecues and picnics. That’s just what airmen at the 301st Fighter Wing experienced during the July unit training assembly.
  • Thunderbirds announce 2019 officer selections

    The commander of Air Combat Command, Gen. Mike Holmes, has officially selected the officers who will be joining the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds for the 2019 demonstration season.
  • Eligible veterans can seek refund for taxes on disability severance payment

    The Department of Defense has identified more than 130,000 veterans who may be eligible for a refund for taxes paid on their disability severance payment, a DOD tax expert said.
  • Yesterday’s Air Force: BMT

    Tomorrow's Airmen all get their start at Lackland Air Force Base where citizens have been transforming into Airmen since 1942. It makes no difference whether you were a pickle or faced the B.E.A.S.T., Basic Military Training is the one thing that all enlisted Airmen have in common.
  • Spotlight: Tech. Sgt. Alejandro Adames

    In this edition of Spotlight Tech. Sgt. Alejandro Adames, a 301st Communications Squadron client systems technician, shares why he joined the military and his career goals.
  • AY19/20 RDEDB Invitation to Apply

    AY19/20 RDEDB Invitation to Apply: AY19/20 Air Force Reserve Developmental Education Designation Board (RDEDB) will convene Oct 22, 2018, at the Air Reserve Personnel Center, Buckley Air Force Base, ColoradoBoth the Invitation to Apply and RDEDB Application can be accessed via the myPers scrolling banner or on the Force Development page.
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