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  • Take time to celebrate success

    The start of a new year always brings promise of new resolution and reflection on the past year. As the holidays wrap up and the season for holiday spirit and festive gatherings come to a close, it is important to remember who we are as a wing.Foresight and vision are crucial, but what about past accomplishments? How do we know we are driving the
  • I am an American Airman… too!

    A large copy of the Airman's Creed is mounted on a door in my office. A previous commander prominently displayed it to remind the officers and enlisted in our group of the core principles that guide their service to our Air Force and our country. It's positioned in a way that I have looked at the Airman's creed every day I've sat at my desk here at
  • It’s about family

    My first assignment (after training) took me far away from my biological family. Much to the dismay of the new grandparents, my husband and I moved to Japan right after our first child was born.In Okinawa, we quickly met our new Air Force family. These coworkers, neighbors and chapel friends filled our lives with joy. Such fun we had exploring the
  • Sense of community

    As the holidays approach, many people are excited about all the gatherings to come and spend precious time with loved ones. But for many, it can also be a very stressful time where they will miss loved ones, may be going through some challenging times or feel a bit lonely. Each of us, as members of the Air Force family, has a responsibility of
  • Holidays time to ponder, celebrate traditions

    One of the big reasons leisure travel is so popular is that it allows us to step into a completely different frame of mind. "Changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes," sang Jimmy Buffet. The destination helps establish the mindset.Going back to the home of our youth can reconnect us to our personal pasts -- there are times when I worship at the
  • Role of the first sergeant

    I have been in command for a very short period of time, but in this short period I have realized the absolute importance of the first sergeant to the well being of the squadron.The day after I started running the squadron I was in the shirt's office asking questions, and there have been very few days gone by that I haven't called, emailed or talked
  • Six seconds

    In May of 1995, then Secretary of the Air Force, Sheila Widnall, and Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Gen. Ronald Fogleman, formalized the Air Force core values in a joint policy letter.Today everyone in the Air Force knows Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do are the common ties to which we are all bound. While May of
  • Reflect on influence Native Americans have had on military, country

    Most of us relate to fall with the changing of the leaves, football Sunday's and the air getting just a bit crisper outside but for those who may not know, November serves as an important time for our great nation as we celebrate National Native American Heritage Month.As we prepare to spend time with our families this month it is important to
  • Be a courageous Wingman

    In the 27 years I've been a part of the Air Force, I've unfortunately seen many friends, co-workers, and subordinates make criminal mistakes that damaged their own careers and sometimes the lives of others. In each of those cases, I would think, "Did that person have a wingman and if so, what was that wingman doing?"The term "wingman" is used so
  • Develop personal leadership style

    This is for all you aspiring leaders out there....for all of us. You are not Gen. George Patton. You are not Gen. Colin Powell. You are you and you have your own leadership style. Be yourself. Develop your personal leadership style. Consider the following as you do so.Have you established your own personal touchstone -- something to weigh decisions
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