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Aug. 12, 2013

PII: Protecting the force

Recently, Joint Base Langley-Eustis experienced a marked increase in the number of personally identifiable information breaches. So far, the reported number of breaches for this year is eight violations, with five confirmed. The number is significantly higher than 2012, with four reported. Primarily, these recent incidents involved personnel

July 23, 2013

Defiance v. distress: Digging deeper to help Airmen

In my four years as a first sergeant, I've seen the good, bad and the ugly; however, I would not be effective if I allowed the bad and ugly of the past to overshadow my decisions of today. Instead, those experiences have allowed me to identify questionable decision-making from my fellow leaders relating to defiant Airmen. From my experience, solid

June 21, 2013

‘Core Values Spotlight’: Excellence in all we do

Editor's Note: This is the final article in a series covering the Air Force core values.When the subject comes up, I always tell Airmen that the last of our three core values does not mean the Air Force expects perfection. It expects us all to strive for continuous improvement in everything we do in our lives. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once

June 5, 2013

'Core Values Spotlight': Service before self

Editor's note - this commentary is the second in a three-part series.A quick thought about the core value of "service before self" might make an Airman think that the Air Force expects Airmen to make the Air Force more important than themselves. At its most basic level, I agree with that thought. We are supposed to put the Air Force's needs above

May 8, 2013

Wearing leadership

"Six-thirty-third Air Base Wing Public Affairs, Senior Airman - I mean, Staff Sgt. Denton speaking."It happened again and again without fail. I had to correct myself every time I answered my office phone. It was more than a little frustrating. However, as unnerving as it was, my mistake also made me wonder if I was walking around as a senior

April 8, 2013

Using my voice to find my strength

I felt like everyone knew how stupid I was; and because I made bad choices - he got away with it. I really did make bad choices. I put myself in a position to get sexually assaulted, just two months after turning 21 years old. My story is not so different from the many stories shared by survivors of sexual assault. I met a guy at a dorm party. He

March 25, 2013

Taking the risk: A Holocaust Remembrance story

The Department of Defense recognizes nine special observances to commemorate significant people or moments in history, including Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Women's Equality Day and Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. These commemorations impact many people on personal levels, and are a way to honor those who came before us.One of these upcoming

March 19, 2013

'Social engineering': Espionage against our domain

As members of the Department of Defense, we must always consider the impact our network and infrastructure has on our mission and how we protect these assets. They are under constant attack, whether by hackers, people digging through trash attempting to find valuable information or through "social engineering," where the main vulnerability is the

March 15, 2013

'Core Values Spotlight': Integrity

Editor's note - this commentary is part of a series.As members of the U.S. Air Force, we have all heard the standard definition of integrity, "doing the right thing even when no one is looking." Another way to think of integrity, as the famous humorist Will Rogers said, is to "Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to

March 11, 2013

A computer outage and an epiphany

I sat down at my desk last Monday expecting to start my week just like any other -- checking my calendar, sorting through emails and making a list of upcoming tasks. It was going to be another busy week, so I was eager to get a head start.As I inserted my common access card into my keyboard and logged in, my hopes of beginning an efficient week

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