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June 22, 2007

Protecting and preserving our nation's resources

Years ago, we didn't fully understand the impacts and dangers of our actions; we rode around in cars without seatbelts, smoking was considered acceptable, and we utilized business and manufacturing practices with the technology of the time, without fully understanding the impact they had. Over time, we've learned these behaviors can be harmful -

June 14, 2007

Commentary: Helping Good Guys Win

Before I left for my current deployment, an 8-year-old asked me out of the blue, "Why do you have to go to Iraq?" It stopped me in my tracks. I remember thinking, "How can I possibly answer such an immense question without somehow tainting her view on this unpredictable world?" When I deployed to Southwest Asia in 2002, a fellow airman told me that

May 16, 2007

Information assurance is everyone's responsibility

Lt. Gen. John L. Woodward Jr. said it best: "Information assurance is about enabling warfighters to leverage the power of information to conduct missions successfully." This is the general concept; however, our enemies will look for every opportunity to use this information against us. We must deny them this opportunity by continuously safeguarding

March 1, 2007

Personnel Records Readiness: Are you ready?

Because change is the one thing you can count on, take time now to review your personnel records to ensure they are ready for whatever is around the next corner. The Air Force Personnel Center is establishing an annual campaign to encourage Airmen to review their records at the beginning of each year to make sure they remain complete, current and

Dec. 15, 2006

2007: Let's make it a success!

Thank you for an outstanding 2006! We celebrated important milestones like reaching Raptor Initial Operating Capability, won Air Force level awards, like the Raytheon Trophy, and safely deployed our aircraft around the country this summer while we completed a massive runway renovation project. We've done this while integrating the Virginia Air

Dec. 14, 2006

2007: Let’s make it a success!

Thank you for an outstanding 2006! We celebrated important milestones like reaching Raptor Initial Operating Capability, won Air Force level awards, like the Raytheon Trophy, and safely deployed our aircraft around the country this summer while we completed a massive runway renovation project. We've done this while integrating the Virginia Air

Dec. 8, 2006

Taking the road less traveled

You have just been handed the keys to a brand new sports car and given a choice of how to proceed to from point A to point B. Your choices are to take the road most frequently traveled with its already defined roadways, points of exit, and clearly marked mileage markers. Taking this road will almost ensure you arrive at point B in the same manner

Nov. 28, 2006

Celebrate the joy of Thanksgiving, tradition

Do you remember the joy of fall in elementary school? First came Halloween, then Thanksgiving, and of course, Christmas and Hanukkah. The classroom was filled with drawings, decorations, and crafts according to the holiday. For most children it is a time of excitement and anticipation. It's possible that you may not have thought much about the

Nov. 27, 2006

Responsible choices, new culture

Every year, we lose Airmen because of poor choices. We know that these choices are irresponsible. We are told that these choices will result in tragic consequences. We are even given alternatives to avoid these poor choices and make better choices. And yet every year, people make the choice to drink and drive, use illegal drugs or commit suicide.

Nov. 3, 2006

Lead by teaching leadership

The best idea I ever heard was, "Teach leadership to become a better leader." Many people have heard if you really want to learn something, teach it. This makes perfect sense to me, but does it apply to becoming a better leader? What specifically would you teach someone to help them become a leader? And furthermore, where does someone find a group

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