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  • Are you one bad decision away from ruining the rest of your life?

    Some of us are blessed with great decision-making techniques and some of us aren't. Many decisions are given to us throughout our military career. Some decisions are small and some are large. "I finished my ancillary training earlier than expected, should I just go home early without telling my supervisor or should I report back to work? I really
  • Who do you think you are?

    Recently I have become more aware of problems Airmen are having. I have written stories on the Culture of Responsible Choices and the Airmen Against Drunk Driving program, and attended an Air Force fatality briefing and victim advocacy training. I have also written stories on Airmen receiving medals, being accepted to Tops in Blue, and the base
  • Living our core values

    With the Air Force vision focusing on the future and making provisions to better equip the warfighter, it is important to remain vigilant, support change and look for ways to do things better, trim excess and continue to build a leaner, more fit expeditionary force. This effort requires significant change, ranging from how we prepare for and
  • Veterans Day message

    Since the initial Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1918, our nation has taken the time to honor those who have served in our military both in peacetime and in war. The original Armistice Day celebrated the day that Germany signed a cease-fire with the Allied powers, officially ending World War I. In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson officially declared Nov.
  • What does the Air Force ‘owe’ me?

    When I enlisted in the Air Force a little over 26 years ago, Jimmy Carter was president and American hostages were being held captive in Tehran. We had one common enemy-the Soviet Union -- whom we fortunately never had to fight. During my enlisted and officer career I've seen many changes. We've changed from that "cold war" deterrent force of over
  • 'I have the greatest job'

    I will never know the feeling of soaring "into the wild blue yonder," and I am not engaged in any fascinating strategic planning. I have never seen a Pentagon "War Room" and I am not privy to the inner workings of the minds of great generals. My only trip to the White House happened during the Carter Administration, on a 6th grade field trip, and
  • 'That's my people'

    I get excited and energized by meeting and learning about people who are different than me. Inevitably at the end of spending time with people I will look at my wife and say, "That's my people." She looks at me as though I've lost my mind and laughs. Now I say it in a joking way to make her laugh; however, I am actually quite serious about it.   At
  • 'Hold my beer... Watch this!'

    Chances are that whatever follows that phrase will no doubt be some spectacular event that others will critique as they read the subsequent accident report. Who knows? This safety-defiant, alcohol-induced lack of judgment may even make the Darwin Awards! Whether it's the urban legend of the guy that attached jet-assisted takeoff rockets to his car
  • Why we wear the uniform

    Have you ever asked yourself why you wear the uniform every day; why you're willing to be separated from your family for months on end while putting yourself in harms way; why you generally take less pay than what perhaps you could earn on the outside; why you're willing to uproot yourself and your family every few years (or more), sometimes to
  • Got a handle on your bills?

    Maintaining personal finances is your responsibility, regardless of whether you are military or civilian. However, as a military member, it becomes even more important because you are more likely to deploy. Financial problems incurred prior to or during a deployment become much harder to resolve while deployed. Personal finances can become a
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