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Default Air Force Logo A motto to live by
I would like to take a moment to talk with you about a motto I live by in my personal and professional life - a motto that I will never perfect, but one that continues to perfect me.As a military member or an individual associated with the military machine you are accustomed to a structured work environment dictated by rules, laws, policy letters
0 9/10
2012
Default Air Force Logo The Balancing Act
Nine years ago, I thought it wise to tell my wife she needed a hobby. Stop laughing, it gets better. After two weeks of mulling it over, she let me know that she wanted to go back to school with the eventual goal of medical school. Did I mention we had a toddler and a preschooler at the time? Well, my wife Cheralyn started her second year of
0 8/24
2012
Default Air Force Logo My job is prosecuting sexual assault
Here's a simple truth...sexual offenders reject our core values of integrity, service and excellence, in favor of following their own base, undisciplined, criminal desires. Most sexual assaults committed by Airmen are "blue on blue," or Airmen victimizing other Airmen. So in addition to rejecting our core values, these undisciplined Airmen reject
0 8/14
2012
Default Air Force Logo The importance of building relationships
Relationships and how we treat people matter. I have learned many things over my career but none more essential than the importance of relationships and treating people right. The importance of building relationships and treating people right can help you achieve mission success. I have worked at all levels of the Air Force and without fail,
0 8/07
2012
Default Air Force Logo Fixing the Gap
I read in Inc. magazine that the most productive people take breaks, are great collaborators, and have lives outside of work. I found myself thinking back to that blurb and hoping that all the squadron members with whom I work with have a life outside of work that, in fact, includes people that have nothing to do with the military.Don't get me
0 6/26
2012
Default Air Force Logo Power of a Positive Attitude
"Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude," Zig Zigler is quoted as saying.Recently, while meeting with the 55th Wing's group commanders, Brig. Gen. Donald Bacon, 55th Wing commander, mentioned he was considering recognizing one of the wing's civilian gate guards for being so positive. Instantly each of the commanders knew who
0 5/30
2012
Default Air Force Logo Getting Smart about Emotional Intelligence - For Your Airmen and Your Children
I often find myself comparing my responsibilities as a commander to my responsibilities as a parent, and sometimes even find myself thinking of, or referring to, my Airmen to my kids. I know I'm not alone in this, and I don't mean to belittle any Airmen as childish. Rather, I see this as a natural analogy that relates more to the shared mission of
0 5/11
2012
Default Air Force Logo Education and Character in the Air Force
"To educate a person in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society," President Theodore Roosevelt.We are blessed to be in the United States Air Force where great emphasis is placed on education. Opportunities for basic or advanced degrees, professional military education, on the job training, and career broadening abound and our Air
0 4/30
2012
Default Air Force Logo Tactical Excellence
"Tactical Excellence" is quickly becoming the celebrated flagship phrase for Air Force security forces, a mantra that encompasses everything from training to spiritual wellness to air mindedness. Although the phrase carries several connotations, it can be used with the largest of problems or simplest of tasks, but the best part is it conceptually
0 4/17
2012
Default Air Force Logo Living the Core Values
Where did you learn right from wrong? Your parents? Your grandparents? Church? School? Most of us learned right from wrong as we grew up. It happened all around us by our exposure to choices. When we made good choices, we were either rewarded, and when we made the wrong choice, we were "redirected" sometimes rather harshly. The bottom line is that
0 3/29
2012
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