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May 7, 2009

Esprit de corps – a way of life

Teamwork, pride, a sense of community and purpose are all attributes and attitudes that every command strives to attain. When properly developed and nurtured, they come together to create a special bond among its people -- esprit de corps. Building and maintaining esprit de corps must be a way of life at every level of a command. Day in and day

April 1, 2009

Building a dream home

Editor's note: Master Sgt. Tommy Brooks is currently deployed from Langley's 1st Contracting Squadron. A few weeks ago, I was selected as one of the new Senior Master Sgts. in the Air Force. Understanding the significance of being promoted to the top 3 percent of the enlisted force, I wanted to take this opportunity to give individuals the basic

March 26, 2009

A recipient of mentorship

Editor's note:  Mr. David Roescher currently works here at Langley at Air Combat Command Requirements Directorate.I'm as average as you can get. I've never really been unusually good at any sport, I can't sing, I'm relatively shy in large groups and I never got the highest grades in school...even my name blends into the plethora of individuals with

March 25, 2009

Deserving women of Langley

Langley's Airman and Family Readiness Center's Spring Fling offered a great opportunity to interview and showcase truly deserving women of Langley. Five unique and talented women offered insight into the meaning of the Women's History Month theme, "Preserving the Environment", the evolution of shifting gender roles, and the importance of mentorship

March 24, 2009

Taking care of your spirit

Imagine a pie chart divided into different life priorities. For most, there is a slice dedicated to family and friends, one for work and another for clothing, food and other life essentials. Some may have a slice devoted to hobbies and passions they follow after. My chart consists of all these areas. The biggest slice on my chart, however, is one

March 9, 2009

March is Women's History Month

In 1987, Congress declared March as Women's History Month to recognize women's achievements in shaping our country. Throughout its history, the United States Air Force has striven to ensure a strong commitment to our service's women. President Truman signed the Women's Armed Services Integration Act in 1948, which lead the Air Force to form the

Feb. 23, 2009

Baby teeth care helps establish good brushing habits

There is nothing more precious than a child smiling with her first tooth. There are 20 primary teeth, or baby teeth, which sequentially appear on average between the ages of 6 months and 3 years. These baby teeth are as important as permanent adult teeth. Baby teeth help your child chew and speak as well as hold space in the jaw for permanent

Feb. 12, 2009

Basic Money Management

We all remember basic training. Whether it was Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, Field Training through Reserve Officers Training Corps, or the lifetime at the Air Force Academy, each of these experiences serve to reinforce one thing - the fundamentals of military service. For that service we are rewarded every two weeks

Jan. 27, 2009

Inauguration Day: An insider's view

While Langley's Raptors patrolled the skies during the Inauguration, I had an entirely different view from inside the Capitol.As a member of the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee, I was stationed just inside the doors to the platform on the west front of the Capitol in an area called the chute. The scene was busy behind the red curtain and the heavy

Jan. 12, 2009

Base prepares to honor Dr. King's legacy

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is the most prolific civil rights figure of our time. His pursuit of human equality, based on the intrinsic values of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights is known throughout the world. This Nobel Peace Prize winner opened the eyes and hearts of a nation through dynamic speeches and demonstrations. Although this world

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