Placing an IV without hierarchy

Mr. K was a 48 year old dude with a complicated medical history including immune suppression, prior transplants and bleeding disorders and with a room mate that had recently been infected by clostridium difficile (a bacteria that causes extreme diarrhea). His doctor sent him to our emergency room today after hearing he also was having…

We made it to the flight line!

Getting to pilot training, like getting into medical school, was absolutely a dream made live! My class started in Oklahoma with welcome briefings and a long month of academics. For that month we were the new guys, spending our free time staring towards the sky and watching with envy as the older students practiced their…

Teams are Better

Flying is a team sport, especially in the Air Force. I was part of a two-person team within my jet. Both of us were responsible for carrying out the mission safely, effectively and within the rules and best practices set forth by leadership. We almost always flew together as flights, or groups of two or…

Gunny Knock-it-Off!

I was upside down, held firmly in my seat by high G forces as I sliced through the back half of a loop in my jet. The beautiful blue of the Atlantic filled the top of my canopy and blended seamlessly with the clear blue sky marred by only a couple puffy clouds in the…

A good week with new beginnings!

This was a good week! My brother and I attended the grand opening of the Dayton Street Opportunity Center in Aurora, Colorado last Sunday. They had expected a good turnout, but by the end there was barely room to stand. Close to 150 people from all over the community had turned up, including community members, church…

A lesson learned from a peer’s mistake

It was Friday afternoon. I was a brand new F-15E pilot but the day’s flying was done. I was crowded into the theater with all the other aircrew on base for our mandatory quarterly safety meeting. These meetings typically discussed past accidents or close calls. The meeting started and another new pilot walked on stage…