• Doing more with less

    Doing more with less. We've all heard the phrase and I've seen it become a reality over the past 19 years on active duty. When I pinned on my second lieutenant bars, the Air Force had more than 600,000 active-duty Airmen; we were fighting a cold war from permanent bases; Iraq was fighting Iran; no one had heard of Kosovo; and Afghanistan was where
  • Keep watch for “Silent Tears” of child abuse

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to focus on the protection and care of our children. Child Abuse Prevention Month has been observed each April since its first presidential proclamation in 1983. This observance helps citizens across the country and the Offutt community to focus on the tragedies of child abuse, as well as
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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