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Default Air Force Logo What service means
During my recent deployment to Afghanistan, the men and women of the 41st Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron flew an American flag on a combat mission in honor of the teachers and staff at my daughter's elementary school. After we returned from Afghanistan, the school had the flag framed for display and launched an instructional unit on
0 3/20
2009
Default Air Force Logo Every Airman, family member is important
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, delivered one resounding message during a town hall meeting at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, recently - Every Airman is important. All Airmen are integral to the service's success and no job and no one is more important than another, General Schwartz said. "The fundamental thing is that everybody
0 3/04
2009
Default Air Force Logo Does ‘working the system’ really work?
Have you ever picked up the phone to call in a favor? I think we all have. I actually asked for help with this article since I was running out of time. Thanks to Mike Picard I got it completed. I've called the flight doc to "fit someone in." I've called down to assignments to help along assignments for a select few. In fact, I've called all over
0 3/04
2009
Default Air Force Logo Innovation- simple solutions to change the system
When you hear the word "innovation," what comes to mind? Some may see technicians in white lab coats, searching for the cure for cancer. Others might visualize the newest sports car, put through its paces on a test track. But innovation such as this is rare. More often than not, innovation is finding a simple solution to part of a bigger problem.
0 3/03
2009
Default Air Force Logo High Risk Activities and Line of Duty: Be Safe, Be Prepared
Do your summer leave plans include mountain climbing, skydiving or white water rafting? If they do, then as an Airman you have the responsibility to ensure the safety of yourself and those around you. Mountain climbing, skydiving and white water rafting are three of the 26 "high-risk" activities identified by our wing's safety office. By
0 2/23
2009
Default Air Force Logo Security awareness
Have you ever heard the phrase: "Call the cops! It's their job!" In reality, installation security is the job of everyone working in and around an Air Force base and its resources. Although my fellow cops are the most conspicuous people on the base, we can't be everywhere and that's where you come in! We need you to be the eyes and ears of
0 2/03
2009
Default Air Force Logo Mentorship is a two-way street
General Dwight D. Eisenhower was once asked, "How does one develop as a decision maker?" His response was, "Be around people making decisions." Gen. Eisenhower's answer reflects his belief that successful leaders are shaped by those around them. Mentorship is one of the primary responsibilities of every leader in the military and it's our duty to
0 1/30
2009
Default Air Force Logo New Year's resolutions make better Airmen
Did you make a New Year's resolution? According to a FranklinCovey Products survey, the top three New Year's resolutions for 2009 are to (1) get out of debt or save money, (2) lose weight and (3) develop a healthy habit like exercise or healthy eating. This list got me thinking about how habits and behaviors relate to our roles as leaders and
0 1/23
2009
Default Air Force Logo Adapt to winter conditions to avoid injury
Freezing precipitation turning to sleet, hail and then snow with a wind chill down to negative 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Ahhh ... winter on the Great Plains - no wonder buffalo have such thick pelts. Thankfully, your ice and snow removal teams are out working literally around the clock. As many as 20 team members at a time plus facility managers
0 1/09
2009
Default Air Force Logo First-hand Experience
Not long ago, I attended Combat Skills Training at Fort Bliss, Texas in preparation for an Operation Enduring Freedom deployment to Afghanistan. Most of the course instructors had "been there and done that" - seen it with their own eyes. A few had not, and even those of us new to Army training could easily sort out which ones hadn't been there. One
0 12/16
2008
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