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  • Striving to be the Best

    Remember: I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!!! It was great to see all the flags and ceremonies honoring our heroes who have fought to keep us free and preserve the most precious rights for all Americans...Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. The Okie patriotic spirit came out in force with ceremonies, parades, and flags
  • Reflection, gratitude befit Memorial Day

     As I prepare to retire, I once again find myself reflecting on what it means to serve. Foremost in my thoughts are those who have risked their lives to preserve freedom and democracy. Even as we are hosting barbecues this weekend, or just enjoying extra time with our families, brave men and women are demonstrating their commitment to the United
  • Need success? Go to your bench

    Anticipation is building around here as playoff time in the NBA approaches. The Oklahoma City Thunder has had a great year and is poised to make a deep run in the playoffs. It's amazing to look back at how far this team has come since they first arrived in Oklahoma City. Lots of variables have contributed to their rapid ascent to the elite level of
  • Total Fitness concepts embraces whole person

    We talk a lot about fitness these days. Physical fitness is important for our wartime mission, for the stamina required to do our job, for promotions and for military image and bearing. Total fitness, however, encompasses much more than an item needed to check a box on an evaluation. It involves a balance of physical, spiritual and mental fitness.
  • Priorities in changing times

    As strange as this may sound, the only constant in our work environment is change. Our nation, our Air Force and Tinker are in the midst of a significant transition after two decades at war. The budget environment of our nation is driving a significant reduction in defense spending. Accordingly, we are in the process of re-tooling for the future.
  • It all starts with feedback

    It's been 27 years, but I still remember it like it was yesterday. My Military Training Instructor, Staff Sgt. Murphy, from Squadron 3743, Flight 366 was standing about four inches from my face providing feedback on why I needed to keep picking up my bags and then put them down. The entire time Sergeant Murphy was yelling at me, I was asking myself
  • We talkin’ ‘bout deliberate practice

    If you were raised by Mom, Dad and ESPN (like me), then you likely have seen the clip of Allen Iverson, a professional basketball player, at a news conference where he states:"We talkin' bout practice man. We not even talkin' bout the game, the actual game, when it matters. We talkin' bout practice."The news conference took place on May 7, 2002, a
  • Now, that is mentoring

    About ten years ago, after enlightening me with, no doubt, another gem of wisdom that went over my head, the colonel said to me, "now, that's mentoring!" Years later, I'm beginning to understand what mentoring really is and that we can easily miss it, even when it's right in front of us. We often seek mentoring from the wrong sources, we don't
  • Working together, parents can help children through divorce

    Divorce can be a stressful and confusing time for children. If you work together as parents, the process can be less painful for your children. It is normal to feel unsure about how to talk to your children and give them the right support during your divorce. It is possible to get through this time with your children feeling loved and supported by
  • Lose weight – get rid of extra baggage

    "The unexamined life is not worth living" -- SocratesWhen I joined the Air Force, I was issued the big, green A-bags. Amazing! I can stuff my whole house in there, almost. I had so much fun with the "freedom" that came from stuffing more and more stuff in that bag. I'd poke it, find an "empty" spot and stuff more stuff into it! Then, I had to carry
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