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  • Recommitting to high standards

    Shortly after accepting the responsibility of leading America's Air Force, Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley issued a Letter to Airmen calling for each of us to recommit to our own high Air Force standards. Among other actions, the secretary challenged us to: · Ensure that our core values of Integrity First, Service before Self and
  • Chaplain’s Corner: How committed are you?

    I enlisted my son, Jonathan, in the U. S. Coast Guard last September. He faced me, and I said "Raise your right and repeat after me ..." He repeated the words and signed his name on the contract. He left for boot camp and has since reported to his boat. When you think about the oath of enlistment, it is a simple thing. "I, state your name, do
  • Chaplain's Corner: Are you ‘holding the horses’?

    We are still on the front end of a new year. How is it going for you so far? And how are your New Year's resolutions coming along? Often, the first thing broken after Christmas is the New Year's resolutions! I hope yours are still intact. I think of the scripture in Joshua 3:1-5, when Joshua, the new leader of Israel following the death of Moses,
  • Be selfish for safety

    It is often said that "you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink." Unfortunately, the same holds true for some Airmen in the workplace when it comes to safety. Leadership can provide the resources necessary for a safe and healthy work environment, but to remain 100 percent mishap-free, each of us must make a conscious decision to
  • Share Air Force Mission with community

    There was nothing like it east of the Great Wall of China. It was to have preserved the peace in Europe for decades. It failed by default! More than 70 years ago France built the Maginot Line, an impenetrable system of forts and underground defenses designed to block the threat of invasion from a growingly aggressive Germany. The 124-mile long
  • Wingman day…all day, everyday

    We're halfway through November, the holidays will soon be upon us. In a few short weeks, families and friends will be gathered around the dining room table giving thanks for the many blessings we enjoy in our daily lives, enjoying our Thanksgiving Day feasts, and maybe watching a football game or two. Before we realize it, the Christmas tree will
  • Why is OPSEC important?

    Operations Security... hmmm. It's just another one of those programs the Air Force pushes, it doesn't apply to me. It really can't harm the Air Force if I discuss the work we're doing while I'm at lunch, or throw those documents in the trash. They're not classified; only classified stuff really needs to be protected, right? Not true, In the mid
  • Like Sept. 11, the fight against terror affects total force

    As September approaches each year, I am reminded of the events that transpired on Sept. 11th , 2001 and what that day was like for our nation. I imagine that each person reading this right now recalls exactly where they were, what they were doing and how they reacted when they heard the news of the attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. I am
  • It's about our Airmen

    Over 21 years ago, I graduated basic training as an Airman First Class and was lucky enough to get a direct duty assignment back to Lackland Air Force Base.    The one factor that had the biggest impression on me was my master sergeant non-commissioned officer in charge, who was my boss, mentor, and hero because of the way he went about his daily
  • American history, African American history, a family history

    My family has been in the same business for more than 65 years now. It started with my grandfather in 1941. He handed it off to my father in 1976 and my father handed it to me in 2001.    Some families run restaurants or bakeries. Some families own and operate their own auto shops or construction businesses. My family business is the Air Force.