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  • Happy Anniversary: GEODSS Celebrates 35 Years

    2017 marks the 35th year since the 20th Space Control Squadron’s Ground-Based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance system achieved initial operational capability. GEODSS has stood steadfast as a key contributor to our nation’s Space Situational Awareness.
  • Resiliency: Essential to Survival

    In the harsh environs of an Arctic winter, daylight is scarce and outside temperatures can drop to negative 60 degrees below zero. Daily life in austere operating locations like Clear Air Force Station, Alaska and Thule Air Base, Greenland can be quite challenging, especially for newly assigned unaccustomed members.
  • October is Air Force Energy Action Month.

    The Air Force Energy Flight Plan of January 2017 clearly states our energy management priorities. They are: 1) Improve Resiliency, 2) Optimize Demand, and 3) Assure Supply.
  • During football season it’s everyone’s alma mater

    On a very sunny fall afternoon 37,286 fans gathered Sept. 2, 2017, for opening day of the U.S. Air Force Academy Falcons football season. A new year, new starters, and the promise of a Mountain West Conference championship began on a glorious day for football.
  • Watching from atop the world

    Situated high above the Arctic Circle is a relic of the Cold War, a base many associate with an inhospitable climate, months of darkness, isolation, and a mission from a by-gone era. To others, like those of the 12th Space Warning Squadron, it is home, at least for a year. However, with increasing threats from potential adversaries old and new, the squadron’s mission to “execute flawless missile warning, missile defense, and space surveillance operations in order to deter aggression, secure space, and defend our nations and allies” is as equally important today as it was 50 years ago. Like our brethren before, the men and women of the 12th Space Warning Squadron, Canadians and Americans, stand atop the world serving as the watchful eye and our nations’ forward deterrent against aggression.
  • Space as a Warfighting Domain

    “Space is a warfighting domain just like air, land and sea. We have to be prepared to fight a full range of operations.” – General John “Jay” Raymond, Air Force Space Command commander.
  • Red or yellow? An overly brief history on the dynamic and difficult pathway to women’s suffrage and women’s equality day

    Red rose or yellow rose? Yes or No? Should women be allowed the right to vote?
  • Online safety

    As we near the beginning of another school year, one thing’s for sure: students, parents, and teachers will all be more connected than ever before. With the prevalence of smart laptops, tablets, phones, watches etc., seemingly everything today is connected to the internet in one way or another. Technology has revolutionized our access to information and has made our lives better in many ways. However, being “Wired Up, Fired Up!” 24/7 does bring with it some vulnerabilities too.
  • Saved by the…Bell?!?

    Cooler temperatures, football season, increased traffic, endless back to school sales and aisles of school supplies are all sure signs that summer is over and school is back in session. This time of year brings a myriad of emotion from across the spectrum—by both parents and students; excitement, apprehension, anxiety, sadness, joy, and stress are just a few. When you add the transition of going from elementary to middle school, middle to high school, high school to college, or starting a new school—these feelings can escalate tremendously. I remember distinctly that “Day 1” feeling. Day 1 of elementary, Day 1 of junior high, Day 1 of high school, and Day 1 of college. Both as a parent and a student. Back to school shopping to find that perfect “first day” outfit; digging through the bin until I found the “perfect” trapper keeper with the “perfect” design; then of course the coolest back pack filled with all my school supplies packed and re-packed at least 3 days before school started. I remember running to school when the schedules were posted to find out who the lucky teacher was, and of course which of my friends were in which class. The endless conversations about what this school year would be like and who was going to sit with who at the lunch table. As a parent, I’ve even tried to pass some of that excitement over to my children as they started school—especially at their milestones. Many times I was excited to see them off to school but then sad to realize how fast time passes by and how important it is to cherish the growing years.
  • Goals and Success

    One of my favorite questions to ask formal leaders is how they define success. Interestingly, I’ve never heard one relate success to rank.