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  • It’s what you do next

    For those Airmen, it’s about what they do next. The ability to bounce back and be resilient when facing adversity is one of the most important tools in every person’s life. Every successful person has been a failure for a period of their life.
  • His dream, my reality

    On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream with the world. Fast forward to the present day; when I wake up in the morning, I am his dream.
  • Earning the GAFPB: an Airman’s evolution

    Swimming has never been a problem for me in the past, but this time was different. As I walked out of the locker room and saw the line of U.S. Army Soldiers and U.S. Navy Sailors waiting and watching as fellow participants struggled to complete the swim, a feeling of anxiousness started to overwhelm me.
  • My home away from home

    Cancer. The word reaches your ears and your heart stops. Your blood chills and your breath catches. Cancer is never a word you want to hear, say, or wish upon anyone. But hear it, I did.
  • Celebrating Hispanic, Latinx heritage

    At Moody, National Hispanic Heritage Month was celebrated in February under the new Air Force initiative that condenses heritage and awareness months into two days throughout the year called Diversity Days. As the actual month comes to a close, it’s time to reflect on how it started and what the month is all about. Hispanic Heritage Week started in 1968 during the presidency of Lyndon Johnson but was expanded to a month, by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, to cover Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. HHW was renamed to HHM and was created to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans.
  • Why I give

    I was sitting in a daze in a cold and uninviting waiting area outside an emergency operating room about one month before my high school graduation in 2005. I listened to the robotic beeps of medical machinery when I realized my life was about to change forever. Earlier that night, I was sitting on the couch watching TV when I heard panicked pounding on the front door. When I answered the knocks, a policeman stood on our front porch drenched head-to-toe from the rain. I'll never forget the look of fear in his eyes when he told me to get my mom and follow him quickly.
  • Good night, mom

    At the time, I did not realize how important it was to have a support system. I also didn’t understand the concept that family didn’t have to be related and could be anyone who cared enough to make sure you were okay.
  • Lead the way, end childhood obesity

    Until this past year, I’d never eaten honeydew, raspberries or strawberries. Growing up, I may not have eaten much fruit, but you can bet I knew the ins-and-outs of every local fast-food restaurant. On the occasion that my family would eat a home-cooked meal, I wouldn’t like the food prepared. I would go to my room on an empty stomach only to wait until everyone went to sleep and indulge in a buffet of cereal, cookies and snack cakes.
  • Please give tomorrow a chance

    In March 1983, I was 16 years old and a senior in high school. I had a sister who was 17 and a brother who just turned 19. Through interesting circumstances, we were all seniors together. On Sunday, 4 March 1983, my brother committed suicide. That was a tough time for our family. I have always wondered how different my life would be if I still had
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