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Default Air Force Logo Communicating with technology
"An email sent is not an email received." A group commander said those words to me not too long ago. Effective communication is essential for any organization to function properly and we cannot accomplish the mission without it. However, we must utilize it properly. We are an Air Force heavily reliant on technology. Communication technologies have
0 3/13
2012
Default Air Force Logo Individual and TEAM Leadership Principles
Former U.S. President and Army Chief of Staff, General Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, "You do not lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership." While specific leadership techniques are situationally dependent, personnel respond much better if they are empowered and do not feel threatened. My basic leadership philosophy
0 2/28
2012
Default Air Force Logo From resolution to resolute
I've never been one to make New Year's resolutions. I enjoy the nostalgic look back at the end of the year to review what has been accomplished, milestones passed, historic achievements and the human interest stories, but that's where my participation in the New Year's "accounting" generally comes to a close. I think my discomfort with resolutions
0 2/14
2012
Default Air Force Logo The Most Important Weapon System: The Human Weapon System
Per Brig. Gen. Donald Bacon, 55th Wing commander, "over the past year, we have continually strived for excellence and compliance, to do things the right way, instead of the easy way. Our hard work and dedication were validated through our performance in 37 inspections, including our astounding 99 percent compliance during our latest unit compliance
0 1/31
2012
Default Air Force Logo Leading in challenging times
Are you ready to lead? You might say, "Of course I am. I've been a leader since I became an NCO or lieutenant or supervisor." I contend our leadership challenges are, with the exception of some contingency deployments, minor compared to what we are likely to face in the coming years. I also contend that "when you have everything you need it's easy
0 1/17
2012
Default Air Force Logo Discipline…your key to success
The mission isn't getting any smaller for the 55th Wing and there aren't more people available to get the job done. So how can you succeed as a professional Airman while still ensuring our mission gets accomplished? The answer is discipline.Webster's define discipline as training to act in accordance with rules, as well as behavior and order
0 12/13
2011
Courtesy Photo Remember Pearl Harbor
The phrase, "Remember Pearl Harbor," mobilized our nation for total war after our Pacific fleet was severely damaged during the surprise attack on Dec. 7, 1941. Today, 70 years later, we honor those who fought that terrible day, but as military professionals we should also "Remember Pearl Harbor" for the lessons learned. Our military was caught by
0 11/21
2011
Default Air Force Logo What it takes for promotion or retention
Have you wondered what it takes to get promoted? Or with Air Force retention at a 17-year high and current manpower exceeding what has been authorized by Congress, what it takes to be retained during the drawdown, reductions in force and selective early retirements? The Air Force is full of highly qualified individuals deserving of promotion and
0 11/07
2011
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb.- Several inches of snow create a scenic winter wonderland on the base's historic General's Row and parade grounds Dec. 28. Two snow storms in recent weeks dropped several feet of snow on the area.  U.S. Air Force photo by Josh Plueger No Busy Signal
The weather is changing and Old Man Winter will soon blanket the landscape with beautiful, but dangerous snow. If you have lived or worked at Offutt for just one winter, you know one problem with bad weather is finding out if work has been delayed or cancelled. The 55th Wing Public Affairs office is constantly working to keep everyone informed of
0 10/26
2011
Default Air Force Logo "Not" in the line of duty
Over the past few months Air Combat Command and the 55th Wing have experienced unfortunate accidents resulting in injury and death to several of our most treasured resource, America's Airmen. In addition to the physical and emotional pain and suffering of these tragedies and the loss to our Air Force's mission capabilities, these incidents also
0 10/20
2011
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