• Snake on the Plane

    Imagine you're flying straight and level at 5,000 feet in a single- engine Cessna when out of the instrument panel pops the head of a snake. I think most of us would call this a crisis or at the very least an unexpected event. What would you do in this situation? Maybe a better question is how do you respond to and manage crisis? During my limited
  • Donate marrow, save a life

    Six years ago while donating blood, I was asked if I would like to be on the bone marrow registry. "Sure," I said, "why not?" I have been a blood donor for many years. Fast-forward six years, when a piece of mail arrived from the C.W. Bill Young Department of Defense Marrow Donor Program, the DOD subset of the National Bone Marrow Registry. The
  • Innovation is the answer

    From the birth of our nation to modern day, innovation has been a key to American success. The colonists who came to Jamestown in 1607, embarked on a business venture hoping to reap profits. The pilgrims arriving on the Mayflower in 1620 sought religious freedom. Both groups were looking for a life they believed would be superior to what they left
  • Serving offers opportunity, growth

    Earlier this year, I had the unique opportunity to enlist my son into the Air Force Delayed Enlistment Program. Today, he's more than halfway through basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. In the months leading up to his decision to join the Air Force, he talked a lot about different jobs he was considering, school options and
  • You could get $90,000 just for reading this!

    What would you be willing to do for $90,000? Would you come to work on time every day? Would choose your associates more wisely? Would you abstain from drinking too much alcohol? If you knew you would get a $90,000 bonus just for staying out of trouble for a few years, would you? Of course you would, yet as the area defense counsel for Offutt, I
  • Are You a Renter or an Owner?

    I think it was Larry Summers who once famously said, "In the history of the world, no one has ever washed a rented car." That seemingly simple statement is actually quite astute, for it gets right to the heart of a point I have tried to make in the almost seven years I have been fortunate to serve as a commander. Namely, that it is only when we
  • Leadership by example

    Warrior's of Team Offutt, I would like to take a few minutes of your time to share a bit of my mantra on leadership; specifically leadership by example. As a recent transplant to Offutt from Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, England, I have been bombarded with solicitations to participate in several organizations such as the Top 3, 5/6 Network, Air
  • Why Risk It?

    Labor Day marked the end of the Air Force's 101 Critical Days of Summer for 2009 and I spent that weekend making the streets in Nebraska safer by manning DUI checkpoints with Mothers Against Drunk Driving. According to the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety in 2008, 67 Nebraskans died as a result of 61 alcohol-related crashes and an estimated 3,000
  • Consider the dangers of file sharing

    Most of us are familiar with online file sharing programs such as Limewire, Kazaa, BitTorrent and Napster. These programs, also known as "peer-to-peer" or "P2P" programs, allow users from around the world - complete strangers most of the time - to share files on their personal computers. Most people mistakenly believe that these programs are easy
  • Holistic approach to ORI prep

    Operational readiness inspections, or ORIs, evaluate and measure a unit's ability to perform wartime, contingency or peacetime force sustainment. Inspections require the capabilities and limitations of our people, equipment and procedures be tested, practiced and exercised in order to defend our country and American way of life. Being ORI ready