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Default Air Force Logo A 'thank you' is free
As we enter the month of November, now is a good time to reflect on the quintessential American holiday of Thanksgiving. On this day, the entire nation pauses to offer thanks for the great blessings we have been given collectively and as individuals. Thanksgiving reflects an "attitude of gratitude" that reaches back to the very founding of the
0 11/03
2009
Default Air Force Logo Reinvigorating a culture of compliance
Last year General Norton Schwartz stressed the importance of "applying back-to-basics standards of precision and reliability in the execution of every mission." Getting back to the basics entails focusing on the fundamentals. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary of Law defines compliance as "observance of official requirements." When we talk about
0 10/26
2009
Default Air Force Logo Honoring Native American history
If I asked you "Who were the only people specifically identified in the Constitution of the United States?" what would your answer be? If you answered "Native Americans," you are correct. Native Americans hold this distinction not as a matter of race, but because their tribes are considered a sovereign nation. This is a little known fact about the
0 10/21
2009
Default Air Force Logo Don’t join the pile-up party this winter
The weather outside can be frightful, and snowy, icy roads can be even more frightful. Having your car skid out of control across ice toward a concrete embankment or another vehicle is terrifying. On a very snowy and icy night in 1988 when I was a senior at the Air Force Academy, I was driving on the northern side of Colorado Springs. I came around
0 10/20
2009
Default Air Force Logo Physical fitness is crucial element of Warrior Ethos
"I am an American Airman, I am a Warrior, I have answered my nation's call." The first stanza of the Airman's Creed sets a definite identity for every Airman that above anything else, we are warrior Airman. The term "warrior Airman" evokes a picture of an Airman who is physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally ready for battle; ready to
0 10/13
2009
Default Air Force Logo Volunteering for CFC has personal rewards
Giving back to the community and organizations that help people is what inspires Staff Sgt. Joshua Linville to volunteer as the unit project officer for the Combined Federal Campaign. UPOs play a valuable role for the CFC ensuring all campaign milestones are met. Without their time and dedication, the CFC's mission would be difficult to execute and
0 10/13
2009
Default Air Force Logo Know where you are leading your people
"Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?" said Alice. "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat. "I don't much care where --" said Alice. "Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat. One of the fundamental tenants of leadership is setting a direction for the people you lead, and
0 10/09
2009
1st Lt. Brennan Howell, deployed from the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron, provided logistical and security support as the Multi-National Force Iraq liaison to the Government of Iraq’s Ministries for Tourism and Antiquities during the review of five joint-investment projects.  (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. James Kamishlian)  

International collaboration bodes well for Iraq's future
I am currently serving the final days of my second tour in the middle-east; my first occurred in 2007 when I deployed as a project manager for the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing's Civil Engineer Squadron to the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, and now I am deployed as part of the Multi-National Force-Iraq Combined Joint-Directorate 9 Economic and Business
0 10/08
2009
Default Air Force Logo What do you stand for
Do you remember your first squadron commander, flight commander or supervisor? As a leader were they "good," "bad" or "indifferent?" Their leadership style, no matter what assessment you gave them, created an impression that shaped your attitude, initiative, and more importantly, your frame of reference regarding leadership. Around 1997, I started
0 10/06
2009
Default Air Force Logo It’s not the disability…It’s the ability!
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a time to acknowledge employees who have triumphed regardless of the obstacles in life and who continue to give back to their community. One such individual is retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Dana Bowman, who will be speaking at the base auditorium Oct. 16 at 12:30 p.m. In February 1994, while
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2009
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