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  • Experience key to tackling challenges

    A common theme across the Air Force today is efficiency. We are consistently trying to improve operations while saving money and manpower while maintaining our role as the world's greatest Air Force. Throughout the past year, I have had the privilege of working on an efficiency that has never happened in the Air Force - consolidating three
  • Honoring our military children

    In 1986, Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger designated each April as "The Month of the Military Child." The purpose of the month is to reach out and recognize the contributions that military children make as they support their parent, or parents, in service to our country. Accordingly, at military installations serving all branches of
  • Three tips to be a good supervisor

    With our country still at war and the fewest people we've had since the creation of our service, we need good supervisors to lead today and to develop our leaders for tomorrow. Being a good supervisor is not easy. It takes time, dedication and patience to gain a subordinate's trust, respect and loyalty to achieve and sustain high performance. There
  • Integrity part of personal standards

    As Airmen, integrity is our first core value. It is often considered a cornerstone of good moral character. Integrity is sometimes defined as doing the right thing even when no one is watching. This definition of integrity is credited to writer C.S. Lewis and is sometimes relegated to a slogan used in motivational posters, corporate literature,
  • Celebrating diversity in our Air Force

    As I contemplated this article and the fact that it would be published during February, which is African American/Black History Month, I thought at first that perhaps I'm not the best candidate to write this. After all, I'm not African-American or any other ethnic minority. But upon further reflection, I decided that some of the experiences I had
  • Seasons greetings from 302nd Airlift Wing commander

    Flexibility, or the ability to adapt without breaking has been a theme and way of life within the wing throughout 2013 and especially during the last quarter of this year. The civilian furlough days, partial government shutdown and lapse in funding at the start of fiscal year 2014 created challenges for the wing.Your innovation, dedication and hard
  • Commander sends holiday season greetings to Citizen Airmen

    As we finish this year and look forward to the next, I want to thank you for your outstanding commitment and professionalism. You and your fellow Citizen Airmen clearly displayed a "service before self" attitude.From sequestration to the government shutdown, the budget challenges were numerous. I appreciate your dedication to the mission, the Air
  • Remembering Women's Equality Day, August 26

    "Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind," by Rigoberta MenchĂș Tum (1959- ), Guatemalan social reformer, Nobel Peace Prize laureate.In 1959, when
  • Attitude inspires success

    When I was in seminary, the professor who taught church administration and management said, "There are three keys to success." As I waited on the edge of my seat anticipating his profound words, he continued, "Attitude, Attitude, Attitude!" I thought to myself, "Really? You've got to be kidding ... there must be a formula for success more
  • A little ESGR education can go a long way

    Upon completion of my five-level seasonal training, I submitted my application for reemployment to my employer, asking to return to my pre-service position. I received a warm welcome and everyone in the shop expressed appreciation for my service to our country. During my reintegration back into the company, Human Resources stated that I would have