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Default Air Force Logo The three A's of a successful Airman
There are three A's that I see as defining the success an individual can achieve in the United States Air Force.The first A represents the attitude of our Airmen that perform the day-to-day mission. The attitude an Airman carries provides the foundation for the belief that anything is possible in the service of the great country that we support and
0 2/14
2011
Default Air Force Logo The Rules: A Simple Guide to Get “Back to the Basics”
Ever since my arrival at Offutt last summer, there has been an emphasis on compliance and going "back to the basics." We have had two major inspections from Air Combat Command and a Nuclear Staff Assistance visit. This comes on the heels of the 2009 message from the chief of staff of the Air Force about the "basics" directing a down day for wings
0 2/07
2011
Default Air Force Logo What have you done for your duty section lately?
Having come up through both the enlisted and officer ranks, I found there is a period of time in the junior grades where the biggest struggle is to prove yourself. As one of many new Airmen or lieutenants, you feel the need to constantly volunteer, work the big projects, attempt to rise up above the masses, and be recognized.Then a funny thing
0 2/07
2011
Default Air Force Logo Servicemembers' sacrifice fuels the Pacific theater
George Washington, in his Presidential State of the Union address of December of 1793, said, "If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it. If we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war." As members of the U.S. Air Force, we are all
0 1/12
2011
Default Air Force Logo Invest Your Time
When another year closes out, many people take time to reflect upon the previous year, assess areas where improvements can be made, make goals, and quickly get back to the daily grind of this activity we call work.As we make goals and determine those areas to focus on in the upcoming year, I urge all of us to prioritize our commitments and focus on
0 12/17
2010
Default Air Force Logo Everybody needs a Wingman
Everybody needs a Wingman. With the holidays approaching, it can feel quite lonely at times for many of us in the military who have no family to celebrate with. This is why we must always remember that in the Air Force we are a family. It's important we leave no one behind even the ones that are not always easy to get along with. The holidays
0 12/13
2010
Default Air Force Logo Air advisor in Iraq gains a deeper appreciation for his own Air Force
I spent my winter holiday season in Baghdad last year. Not by choice, but as the deployed air advisor to the surgeon general of the still-young Iraqi air force. When first advised of the tasking, I had little idea of what I was being asked to do. As I began to find out, I must admit to having had my doubts about my qualifications for the job. I
0 12/09
2010
Default Air Force Logo 'Tis the Season for Safety
It's the most wonderful time of the year. Every year millions of Americans express their enthusiasm for the season by decorating their houses, illuminating their front lawns and exchanging gifts. Even though many of us have extremely crammed schedules this time of year, getting to our destination is only half the battle. Remember, this is a season
0 12/08
2010
Default Air Force Logo Levels of Leadership
Throughout my career I have sat through many classes on leadership, but the one lesson that really stuck in my head stems from an old "brown shoe" Vietnam veteran commander I worked for. He said, "Lt., your leadership philosophy should be clearly understood, easy to remember and, most importantly, realistic to live by."I think the following, which
0 11/29
2010
Default Air Force Logo Customs, Traditions of Remembrance
As I sat at my son's gymnastics training Nov. 11 in Ipswich, England, Alex, one of the 14-year-old gymnasts, and Maria, the mother of one of the other boys, were talking about the Remembrance Day ceremony at Alex's school that day. Remembrance Day is very similar to Veteran's Day in the United States. They know I am in the U.S. Air Force, so they
0 11/24
2010
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