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  • Honoring our military children

    In 1986, Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger designated each April as "The Month of the Military Child." The purpose of the month is to reach out and recognize the contributions that military children make as they support their parent, or parents, in service to our country. Accordingly, at military installations serving all branches of
  • Stay connected during deployments

    As military members, we are sworn to defend the nation against all enemies. Over the last 20 years, this has increasingly meant deploying to a foreign land and executing the mission. Deployments are a stressful time for the military member and their family involving the completion of myriad checklists, computer based training and (eventually)
  • Weathering the storm

    I recently read an article which talked about how the seasons change. We enjoy the freshness of spring, the sunny days of summer, the changing of the leaves in the fall and snowy days of winter. The article also pointed out we all have seasons in our lives. Some days are sunny and everything falls into place. Other days may not be as sunny and we
  • Three tips to be a good supervisor

    With our country still at war and the fewest people we've had since the creation of our service, we need good supervisors to lead today and to develop our leaders for tomorrow. Being a good supervisor is not easy. It takes time, dedication and patience to gain a subordinate's trust, respect and loyalty to achieve and sustain high performance. There
  • TRICARE Service Center walk-in service ends April 1

    Over the course of my career, I have seen numerous changes made to our health benefits. The most sweeping of such was made in the mid-1990s when TRICARE was introduced to replace the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services better known as CHAMPUS. Essentially, TRICARE is the Department of Defense health plan in which managed
  • COBRA DANE: A piece of history transitions to AFSPC

    It has often been said that history repeats itself and if you wait long enough you can watch as things change back to the way they once were. The AN/FPS-108 COBRA DANE radar system, the 21st Space Wing's newest weapon system, represents a case in point where mission and ownership have come full circle. COBRA DANE is a large ground-based, L-band
  • What not to do: Where is your parachute?

    In December 2003, the British Medical Journal published a shocking discovery -- the use of a parachute to prevent death and major trauma related to gravitational challenge had never been proven! The authors were unable to find a single analysis on the matter, although parachutes are widely used for recreational and military use. The basis for using
  • Integrity part of personal standards

    As Airmen, integrity is our first core value. It is often considered a cornerstone of good moral character. Integrity is sometimes defined as doing the right thing even when no one is watching. This definition of integrity is credited to writer C.S. Lewis and is sometimes relegated to a slogan used in motivational posters, corporate literature,
  • Celebrating diversity in our Air Force

    As I contemplated this article and the fact that it would be published during February, which is African American/Black History Month, I thought at first that perhaps I'm not the best candidate to write this. After all, I'm not African-American or any other ethnic minority. But upon further reflection, I decided that some of the experiences I had
  • Five speeches

    Every good leader must also be a good communicator. Communication comes in varying forms and includes everything from short handwritten notes, to staff meetings, to this commander's commentary. Leaders, supervisors, and mentors use their forms of communication to inspire, instruct and inform. There are many ways to develop these communications