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  • Anniversary of Staff Sgt. Austin Bieren's passing

    In the past 12 years of my Air Force career, I have had days which I will remember for the rest of my life. Unfortunately, for myself and the other members of the 4th Space Control Squadron, March 28, 2017 is a day of tragedy that none of us will ever forget.
  • Saint Patrick’s Day

    Saint Patrick’s Day is upon us, and with that comes green mint Oreos, Lucky Charms, four-leaf clovers, and a celebration of all things Irish. The history of Saint Patrick’s Day goes back to the 5th Century, centering on the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. St. Patrick was a Roman Briton man brought to Ireland as a slave at just 16 years of age. He later escaped Ireland and returned to Briton to join his family profession in the church, only to return later in life as a Christian missionary.
  • Leadership 100 vs. leadership 500: Where does your leadership rank?

    I recently attended a meeting of senior leaders to discuss topics of various importance. It is normally out of character for me to daydream during meetings, but in this case I am guilty as charged. My mind pondered concerns of leadership triggered by comments made by another senior leader. The concept “Leadership 100 vs. Leadership 500” came to mind as an expression of my feelings about the importance of growing leaders as we progress in rank.
  • Mustache March

    Many Airmen have heard of the tradition of Mustache March. But how many understand the root of this tradition? Mustache March is a tribute to retired Brigadier General Robin Olds, who was easy to recognize during the Vietnam War due to his distinct handlebar mustache.However, Olds is known for more than just his mustache. He was also a
  • Dignity & Respect

    Ask anyone in the workplace what treatment they want most from their employer and coworkers and they will undoubtedly say they have a desire to be treated with dignity and respect. This is why one of Col. Todd Moore, 21st Space Wing commander’s priorities is “promoting a culture of dignity and respect”.
  • Being ready in a crisis

    Early on the morning of 9/11, I woke with a start. It was not because I instinctively knew something bad was going to happen – it was because my crew partner was screaming my name and asking me to get out of bed. As a First Lieutenant missileer stationed at F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming, I was responsible for launch operations of the Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile – the most powerful weapon in our nation’s nuclear deterrent arsenal.
  • Why diversity?

    A few months ago, I stood in front of more than 4,000 Air Force Academy cadets and delivered a simple message in response to a racist incident that occurred at our preparatory school: If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect — get out.
  • Winter in New England

    The weather in New England this time of year may be frightful, but there’s an abundance of events taking place for Cape Cod Air Force Station personnel to keep morale delightful. Despite “bomb cyclones” spreading record flooding and frigid temperatures across much of New England, military members and their families assigned to the 6th Space Warning Squadron are provided with a wide range of events to enjoy during the winter months. 6 SWS members and their families receive unparalleled support from a variety of local organizations such as the New England USO, the Cape Cod Military Support Foundation, the Massachusetts Military Support Foundation, and the Otis Civilian Advisory Council.
  • Valentine's Day

    It is fitting that as we celebrate Valentine’s Day during the month of February, we spend some extra time thinking about the people we care about. My kids have already started the annual ritual of deciding which Valentine’s cards and candy they want to hand out to their classmates. But beyond the flowers, chocolates, and cards we exchange, it’s important for us to take that extra step and truly engage with our family, friends, and fellow Airmen (capital A to include all ranks and our valued civilian co-workers).
  • Redefining a Shotgun Leader: An Adaptable Approach

    Adaptability and versatility are key competencies of modern leadership. The unpredictable, dynamic nature of our business demands that we prepare our Airmen – both personally and professionally – to face challenges that require these skills to be successful. While there is no one path to developing these traits -- each individual will have their own approach as they mature and collect experience -- a critical component towards making adaptability and versatility more than mere ‘buzzwords,’ is how we apply these principles in our daily lives. One method I suggest is to consider your overall goal, and focus on selecting the appropriate tool(s) to meet your objective. This applies to any task: a project, an assignment or attempting to select the perfect gift