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  • Spotlight: Ms. Mary Arnold

     In this edition of Spotlight Ms. Mary Arnold, 301st Director of Psychological Health (DPH) and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, shares what she does to help 301st Fighter Wing airmen, their families, and civilians. Q: What brought you to this base:Arnold: I wanted to come back home after being a Navy spouse and away from Texas for 20 years Q:
  • OPM launches 2018 Combined Federal Campaign with an Enhanced Online Donation System

    The U.S. Office of Personnel Management, or OPM, announces the start of the 2018 Combined Federal Campaign season, which runs from Sept.10 through Jan. 11, 2019. The 2018 CFC season will feature an enhanced CFC Online Donation System (https://cfcgiving.opm.gov/welcome) that increases transparency and helps ensure that the contributions made by federal, postal and military personnel, as well as, retirees can reach the people who need help the most.
  • Air Force Reserve accepting Mandatory Separation Date and High Year of Tenure extension requests

    Air Force Reserve announced a temporary initiative for Reserve Citizen Airmen to request to serve beyond their Mandatory Separation or High Year of Tenure Date.
  • AF Reserve to convene officer continuation board

    Air Force Reserve Command will convene an officer continuation board Jan. 28 to Feb. 2, 2019, in conjunction with the CY19 Majors selection board, to offer Reserve Citizen Airmen in critical career fields who are nearing separation the opportunity to continue serving.
  • Scobee continues legacy of service

    Maj. Gen. Richard Scobee was nominated by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate for promotion to the rank of Lt. Gen. yesterday.
  • Breaking barriers: AF Reserve's first 4-star

    Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller was nominated by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate for promotion to the rank of General yesterday. Miller will become the first Citizen Airman in the history of the Air Force Reserve to pin on a 4th star. In 2016, she became the first female in the history of the Air Force Reserve to be chief of the
  • 44th Fighter Group Airman demonstrates passion for helping others

    An Airman from the 44th Fighter Group supports both U.S. Air Force Reserve and active-duty service members by providing essential information regarding benefits and duty assignments to ensure they are fully informed about all aspects of their service and growth.
  • 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.
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