The Mobility Forum Stories

Col Matthew Crowell, Vice Wing Commander of the 332d Air Expeditionary Wing at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, officiating a ceremony at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Photo by TSgt Paul Duquette

Communication and Leadership

By MR. MIKE CREMEDAS, STAFF WRITER

Col Matthew “Trap” Crowell, Chief of Aviation Safety at the Air Force Safety Center, has learned the importance of effective communication during his years in the Air Force and believes it starts with relationship building.

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Balancing Work, Family, and the Holidays: Becoming a Master Juggler

By MS. BETTY NYLUND BARR, STAFF WRITER

The holidays are a time of joy and togetherness. In truth, however, they can also be a time of stress. We try to juggle so much— work, getting together with family and friends, perhaps buying that perfect gift for each special person. Something has to give, and usually, it is our physical or emotional health—or both.

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Social Media Helps Us Connect— But What About the Scammers?

By MS. KATHY ALWARD, STAFF WRITER

As with anything there is the good and the bad, which is also true of social media. It is great to have an opportunity to connect with others on such sites as Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and Facebook, but there is a catch. How do you stay safe from the scammers who want to connect?

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Driving in a Winter Wonderland

By MS. CHRISTINE WALSH, STAFF WRITER

Winter is a beautiful time of year, and the cold weather is a favorite among many. However, the snow and ice bring an increased chance of a vehicle crash.

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Taking Safety into Your Own Hands: Avoid the Seasonal Off-Duty Mishaps

By MR. MIKE CREMEDAS, STAFF WRITER

Airmen are warriors who face danger regularly; they stay hyperfocused, often while under fire, to keep themselves and others safe during harrowing missions. Even warriors need downtime, but it is essential to keep safety in mind, even off-duty.

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Airmen from the 621st Contingency Response Wing deploy from Travis Air Force Base, CA, March 30, 2022. U.S. forces deployed to multiple NATO nations to assure Allies and deter further aggression in the region. USAF photo by Nicholas Pilch

Thank You, Deployed Airmen

By MS. TIFFANY L. TOLBERT, STAFF WRITER

The defense of our nation requires Airmen to be ready to deploy at all times. Consequently, at some point in their career, an Airman will likely receive news of an opportunity to be deployed—to take on the task of defending the people and resources of the United States.

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Winter Motorcycle Rides Require Preparation and Caution

By MS. PAULA COLLINS, STAFF WRITER

Unpredictable weather patterns and lower temperatures combine to make this season quite challenging for motorcycle riders. It is imperative to dress properly and prepare for weather-related hazards that can reduce traction on the roadway.

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HYPOTHERMIA—What It Is and How to Avoid It

By KATHY ALWARD, STAFF WRITER

There are many things to consider once the winter season arrives and cold temperatures ensue. If you enjoy the outdoors and live near a pond or lake, you may encounter a frozen creek that you must cross.

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Mishap-Free Flying Hour Milestones

MISHAP-FREE FLYING HOUR MILESTONES

By MS. CHRISTINE WALSH, STAFF WRITER

The Mobility Forum regularly highlights Mishap Free Flying Hour Milestones. Those recognized have achieved 2,500 hours, 3,500 hours, 5,000 hours, 6,500 hours, 7,500 hours, 8,500 hours, and even 10,000 hours free of mishaps.

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Be a Safety Advocate

By MR. STEVE PANGER, HQ AMC FLIGHT SAFETY

Are you a safety professional? How about a safety advocate? Safety professional might be hard to define, but I know many people who are passionate about safety and some who are not.

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The aircrew from the KC-46A Pegasus’ first combat sortie pose for a group photo Aug. 29, 2022, during Air Mobility Command’s Employment Concept Exercise 22-08 at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. The Pegasus and aircrew participated in the exercise to provide air refueling operations to the U.S. Central Command theater. The team refueled two F-15E Strike Eagles assigned to the 335th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron. USAF photo by A1C Brenden Beezley

A DAY IN THE LIFE

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The aircrew from the KC-46A Pegasus’ first combat sortie pose for a group photo Aug. 29, 2022, during Air Mobility Command’s Employment Concept Exercise 22-08 at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.

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