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Default Air Force Logo What have you done for your country today?
Sitting in my spare bedroom Tuesday morning, I was looking at a career laid out before my eyes. I saw awards dating back to my days as an airman and goodbye gifts from many of my bases. I started to reflect on the role models I've had and one name stuck out. Chief Master Sgt. Tim Omdal was the security forces manager at Aviano Air Base, Italy, when
0 6/28
2010
Default Air Force Logo Social media: a sticky companion
The written word, always a powerful tool, has become more so with the evolution of modern technology. But always remember once written and transmitted, your thoughts are no longer in your control. You are now at the mercy of all who view your e-mail or website. If your friend forwards your e-mail or link to two or three friends of his or hers, and
0 6/17
2010
Leadership is something every Airman must demonstrate no matter what rank they may be, according to Col. L. Dean Worley, Jr., 55th Electronic Combat Group commander. The colonel stresses to all Airmen that it's vital they lead effectively within their units. Airmen can evaluate their leadership skills by asking themsevles if they deliver positive results, use every tool available to accomplish the mission and do they create a climate for success? Gut-check on leadership
The Air Force spends a tremendous amount of time, effort and money on leadership development. We're bombarded with leadership models to study, examples to emulate, and even within the 55th Wing, we have a goal to develop Airmen. This clearly includes bolstering and refining leadership throughout our far-flung unit. As members of the profession of
0 6/02
2010
Airman Thomas Potter, 39th Security Forces Squadron member, stows gear
in his locker after working a 12-hour shift. Airman Potter is one of 13 Beale
security forces Airmen who deployed here to augment Incirlik’s security forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ray Bowden) Don't be a target, secure your valuables
For many being stationed in America's heartland may contribute to a complacent attitude toward the security of possessions. Most people, especially in military society, want to believe their fellow Airmen and guests are basically decent, trustworthy people who live by the same Air Force values, as they do. While most people are generally good and
0 6/01
2010
Core Values Poster, 8.25x11 inches, 300 ppi.  This poster was created by the Air Force News Agency. The image for this poster is available up to 18x24 inches at 300 ppi and can be provided in any format required for reproduction or duplication upon request. Air force Link does not provide printed posters but assistance can be provided in acquiring posters through your servicing DAPS.  A PDF version for printing on office printers is also available.  Requests can be made to afgraphics@dma.mil. Please specify the title and number. Efficiency in all we do
Today we're facing the challenge of sustaining operations under resource constraints many of us have never seen, and all indicators tell us it's going to get worse before it gets better. The environment now, and likely for many years to come, either drives us to find more efficient ways to get the job done or forces us to make tough choices as to
0 5/25
2010
Proper personal protective equipment for motorcycle operators, per AFI 91-207. 2010 Motorcycle season information
Riding a motorcycle can be exhilarating, exciting, fun and carefree, but without the proper training, mentorship and personal protective equipment; it can also be deadly. The 55th Wing Safety Office reminds all military members and Air Force civilians who intend to ride a motorcycle that they must have the required training and PPE to ensure safe
0 5/19
2010
MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- A young member of Team Moody celebrates America Recycles day here Nov. 16.  The Moody environmental program would like to remind everyone that it is never too early to learn the joys of recycling.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brittany Barker) Recycling and refuse collection issues
I recently received a phone call from the base refuse collection contractor about two very important points. The first is the sudden reduction of cardboard recycling and the second, the danger and excess cost of contaminating a recycling or refuse dumpster. Both of these concerns affect all of us here at Offutt as recycling is directed by the 55th
0 5/19
2010
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. -- Several motorcycle riders head out to the motorcycle range here during the military sport bike rider course June 18. the course was designed to give riders the necessary skills to prevent motorcycle mishaps. U.S. Air Force photo by Kendra Williams Motorcycle safety awareness
Driving can be a dangerous thing, especially if you're on a motorcycle trying your best to avoid other drivers unaware of your presence. Wouldn't it be nice if someone taught these drivers about motorcycle safety? Welcome to May 2010.May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. During this time, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
0 5/19
2010
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. -- Members of the 55th Mission Support Group are greeted by several high fives as they finish the third annual Bellevue-Offutt Runway Run May 9. More than 140 runners participated in the seven mile race which included about two miles on Offutt's runway. U.S. Air Force Photo by Jeff W. Gates Physical fitness: Changing Air Force culture
The Air Force physical fitness program has undergone significant changes over the last year, and will continue to evolve this year, in an attempt to change Air Force fitness culture. What does the Air Force mean by "change its fitness culture?" In my opinion, it means physical exercise becomes part of the daily duties of all Air Force personnel.
0 5/19
2010
Energy conservation poster "Green" Awareness at Offutt AFB
One of my most important base-wide initiatives has to do with improving our overall "green" awareness. This includes making a good base recycling program even better. We must constantly bring energy conservation and environmental stewardship into our thought processes. Doing this makes Offutt a better base, saves precious resources, and ultimately
0 5/14
2010
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