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  • A chief's demandments

    In the coming years, our Airmen will face challenges most Airmen who are currently serving never faced and will need both mentors and supervisors. Our Air Force will face a budget environment nothing like we have seen in decades; yet, they will accomplish the mission at a time when our Air Force will become leaner. The bar has been set; we will
  • Relationships matter

    The holiday season is my favorite time of year, but it means different things to each of us. To many it is a time of joy, giving, great food and laughter. To some it is a period of pain and depression due to the loss of a loved one or traumatic memory associated with the holidays. To others it is a time when we spend too much money on too many
  • What this leader values and prioritizes

    Command is a challenging, rewarding and a fulfilling experience. Since taking command of the 325th Contracting Squadron, I've experienced all of this, including one of the most rewarding deployments to Afghanistan. Being a squadron commander doesn't just entitle me to a parking space, but it demands leadership, accountability and responsibilities
  • Are you ready to quit?

    Already thinking about your New Year's resolutions? Most tobacco users want to quit using tobacco, but may need a little assistance or an extra incentive. The Great American Smokout is observed annually on the Thursday before Thanksgiving. The Smokeout provides a nationwide support network for tobacco users to be tobacco free for a day. This year,
  • I am still learning

    "I am still learning," said famous artist Michelangelo.In contrast, with the reality that is life, many of us find no time to continue professional development. If we do find time, we focus on education that expands only our knowledge of our craft or trade. Yet, the Air Force offers civilian employees opportunities to learn and lead through force
  • Fire prevention begins with you

    The reality is that when fire strikes, your home could be engulfed in smoke and flames in just a few minutes. It is important to have a home fire escape plan that prepares your family to think fast and get out quickly when the smoke alarm sounds. If you woke up to a fire in your home, how much time do you think you would have to get to safety?
  • Domestic violence touches all

    Nearly one in four women, one in nine men, and more than three million children have been affected by domestic violence.During fiscal year 2011, more than 6,000 domestic violence referrals were made Air Force-wide to the Family Advocacy Program per the 2011 Air Force Fatality Review. That same year, 12 domestic violence-related deaths occurred in
  • Commander's Perspective

    As I considered topics for this article, I thought back on the lessons I've learned throughout my life, and what I consider to be a successful leader. I've read the usual leadership and management books, but realized most of what I know about leadership was learned from observing others - not from reading a book. I reflected upon my experiences
  • Are you prepared?

    For those that are not as big of a weather geek as I am, there are currently a few tropical systems spinning up in the Atlantic Ocean. If predictions are correct, by Sunday there could be a category II hurricane, named Isaac, sitting just south of Cuba.Having grown up in this part of country, I learned at a very young age it is not a matter of "if"
  • Everyone loves an underdog

    Everyone loves an underdog. Think back through history - those compelling stories where the improbable becomes true, despite all the cards being stacked against them. There are tales full of emotion where those involved share tears of joy mixed with self-confident surprise.Think back to Super Bowl XLII. The undefeated New England Patriots rode high
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