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  • Col. Schiess offers final commentary

    Serving as your commander for the past two years has been an absolute honor and a privilege. Over and over again, I’ve been amazed by your innovation, work ethic and your dedication to the mission. As Debbie and I prepare to transition to Washington, D.C., allow me one final opportunity to reflect and thank you for a job well done.
  • Teamwork in Remote Locations

    SOCORRO, N.M.- The 20th Space Control Squadron Detachment 1, Ground Based Electro Optical Deep Space Surveillance (GEODSS) telescope is located at Stallion Range Center on White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, about 30 minutes from the City of Socorro. Our remote location increases the likelihood of clear skies and there is almost no light pollution to interfere with our space surveillance mission. However, this isolation also presents challenges that require effective planning, teamwork, and execution to overcome.
  • Revitalizing the Squadron: Progress and Next Steps

    As most Airmen are aware, the Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, announced an effort to revitalize the squadron as the core fighting unit in the Air Force.
  • Growing up Army: Wouldn’t trade it for anything

    Growing up with my brother and sister in a military family was a challenge. My father was an Army Military Police Officer and we were stationed in places around the world. Throughout the years, we never stayed at one base for more than three years. I hated it. Being an Army brat was about continual change.
  • The Air Force Dining-out

    As a young technical sergeant stationed at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, in 2008, I experienced my first Air Force Dining-out.
  • Summer safety

    I know. You’re probably thinking something like, “Oh, great. Another summer safety brief. Bo-ring. I’ll just skip on by and see if there’s anything else worth reading in the paper.” Right? Come on, admit it…you know you don’t want to hear, again, about all the things you need to do to be safe this summer. “I get it”, you say to yourself as you audibly roll your eyes. “I’ll wear my seatbelt, hydrate, use sunscreen and won’t drink and drive. Boom. Just gave myself a safety brief.”
  • Parents: Do you know where your children are?

    One of my favorite aspects of this time of year is being able to enjoy being outside. The weather is getting warm, we all start seeing the neighborhood kids in their yards, or out riding their bikes, and throwing the football in the yard, etc. Unfortunately, we also sometimes see young children wandering around the streets alone, or left unattended in vehicles.
  • Taking ownership and accountability for your actions

    If someone asked any other First Sergeant how many times they have heard this, they probably would start to smile. They smile because it is what we as First Sergeants hear on a routine basis. However, I learned two important things way before I joined the military over twenty years ago, and if we, as Airmen, abide by these, most of these comments I mentioned above would not exist. The two things I would like to talk about are ownership and accountability.
  • Suicide Prevention, Stoplights, and the Purple Hippopotamus

    Years ago during an Air Force Professional Military Education, I once saw a memory demonstration about how peculiar phrases could get “sticky” and take hold in your memory. The phrase used in the class was “purple hippopotamus”, and I’ve involuntarily remembered the phrase ever since. By itself, it’s a useless image; but if you tie it to something useful, it might save a life.
  • Don’t believe your 1206

    When you believe your own 1206 you are living in the past. You are resting on your accomplishments rather than looking to the next mission. Awards are great but they have zero impact on your future missions.
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