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  • FIP: Own It

    It has been about a year now since the Force Improvement Program became a part of our everyday lexicon in the ICBM community. In that relatively short period of time we have already seen numerous material improvements directly attributable to that program: OCP uniforms for our defenders, new crew vehicles and increased funding for weapon system
  • Providing shade

    In 2012, I had a long talk with my father about my future in the Air Force and of my challenges with stepping into the world of being a first sergeant.At the end of our conversation, he signed off with a Greek proverb, "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they will never sit in."I chuckled with a bit of ignorance
  • Accomplishing the mission through passion, inspiration, motivation

    So, here I sit... on President's Day, right after Valentine's Day and the NBA All-Star Game, and one week to the biggest inspection we will face in two years. I am challenged to write a leadership commentary and make it immediately relevant without sounding, in the words of famed writer John Grisham, like I'm standing on a soapbox or preaching
  • Remembering the past, advancing the future

    There are many articles in the news about how far America has to go in terms of reducing bias and prejudices, especially involving the African-American community. There isn't a lack of comment or opinion on how to divide and categorize this nation along color lines.One of the things I love about this country is that, as a woman of West Indian
  • “Hit it out of the park”

    As America's pastime sport quickly enters its new season, baseball pitchers across America prepare for the season in hopes of making it to, and winning, the World Series. This can also be said about the Air Force and their preparation to be inspection ready.In order to be successful in both, it takes evaluation and preparation. As we started the
  • Leadership Fundamentals

    As we reflect on last previous year and our continuously transforming Air Force, it is imperative that we remember a basic fundamental premise; leadership is about people and forging professional relationships.It is growing more and more important to connect and relate to our Airmen with open and honest communication at the forefront. If there is
  • Equipping our Airmen

    When I entered the Air Force 16 years ago, my father-in-law, who is retired Army, shared a bit of service rivalry with me. He said that it's well known the Air Force "mans equipment" while the Army "equips men."For those of us in blue, it's an insulting idea. When I look in the mirror though, I have to admit that there is some truth to it. We need
  • Tips for Managing Holiday Stress

    It's that time of year again, the holidays are upon us. It seems as though the commercialism starts earlier every year. It may be even more challenging this year with all the uncertainty occurring across the world. In fact, I'm not even sure children unloaded their Halloween candy bags before the toy commercials started on television.You may be
  • Learn from the past, prepare for the future

    "It's the toughest job you'll ever love."That's what I kept hearing from my mentors as I contemplated submitting my application for squadron command. In my earlier years as a military member, I never really thought much about leading a squadron; it just wasn't where I saw myself going in my military career. But 18 years into my profession, I was
  • Cancer doesn't always happen to someone else

    Breast cancer is a part of my daily life since my mom has had breast cancer and I am high risk.It's hard for me not to think about it, search it on the Internet, donate to it, ask about it, walk for it, and even cry about it. But I know that isn't the case for everyone. All I have learned could potentially save my life, but for me it's just as
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