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  • Importance of women in the military

    When I think about the importance of women in the military, many thoughts come to mind but I keep reverting back to being thankful for my freedom. Women have played a key role in the military dating all the way back to the Civil War when Dr. Mary Walker was a contract surgeon and became the first and only woman to receive the Medal of Honor.Someone
  • The health care system needs your help: The emergency room or urgent care center?

    As I made the transition from flight commander to squadron commander, I've done so in one of the most financially challenged times in recent Air Force history. We're scrutinizing all expenditures, cutting costs and working diligently to be great stewards of our tax payers' dollars. As a leader, I feel compelled to reach beyond my squadron and group
  • DNSI/NSI Prep – Mighty Ninety “All In”

    Team -- while our #1 priority and daily focus must always be to keep our weapons and our warriors in a state of top combat readiness for our alert mission, we have also begun important preparations for our upcoming Defense Nuclear Surety Inspection (DNSI)/Air Force Nuclear Surety Inspection (NSI) and subsequent Nuclear Operational Readiness
  • Advanced Weapons and Tactics Training – Not for the faint of heart

    There are many requirements we all face when tasked with a deployment. These can range anywhere from medical screenings to weapons qualifications. Each deployment has its own set of special instructions for Airmen to follow.A few months ago, I was tasked with a deployment to Southwest Asia. I was kind of disappointed because I thought it would be a
  • The courage to maximize

    The word leadership may conjure up visions of many people or attributes we believe a leader should possess. Certainly, I prefer some leaders to others, and the few examples here may be extraordinary individuals. My favorite leaders are the successful wartime presidents and other leaders who were committed to their cause for the greater good of
  • Setting the Right Tone

    As a leader, you are judged constantly by supervisors, peers and subordinates. Your actions, dress and appearance and your presence evokes a time-honored military axiom -- you lead first and best by example. My father once told me, as long as at least one other person has sight, you are a leader. What he meant was others are always watching you.
  • Budget despair! What can we do to help?

    Recently, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley published a series of four opinion editorials, each alluding to the upcoming budgetary constraints. Unfortunately, our weapons inventories are aging while budgets and manpower are shrinking. Donley, in the first op-ed dated Jan. 8, summed it up: "Crafting the right mix of people and weapons to
  • Listen to the doctor!

    One of the greatest memories I have is reading to my children when they were younger. Their favorite books were always from Dr. Suess. Two of my favorite Dr. Suess quotes are, "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own, and you know what you know. And you are
  • Stress: don’t let it gain control

    It is the job of commanders and first sergeants to ensure Airmen are physically and mentally fit to both deploy and perform their home station mission. We all know the importance of physical fitness, but mental fitness is often neglected and daily stressors can become overwhelming. Stress can affect sleeping and eating habits and work performance.
  • Rebooting Yourself for the New Year

    It's a new year! A new year brings many new things to us, our families and our units. New challenges, new opportunities and if you are willing to take on a challenge: New Year's resolutions. From eating healthier and following an improved workout regimen, to participating in making your workplace better, to pledging to finish your Community College
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