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  • The three phases of deployment

    As many of you know, we are in the midst of another swapout. The newest members of the wing are busy adjusting to the time change, learning new responsibilities, coping with separation from families and looking forward to making a difference. The first few days are a whirlwind of inprocessing as we learn to operate in this environment. Like many of
  • Tradition. An Honor of Service

    "Tradition, tradition! Tradition!" The original Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof opened in 1964, and this song became an immediate hit. Written by Joseph Stein, the story centers on a father of five daughters and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. Today,
  • The wisdom of discipline

    "Nothing can be more hurtful to the service than the neglect of discipline; for that discipline, more than numbers, gives one army the superiority over another." - George WashingtonToday, the need for discipline in the United States Military is as strong as in the early years of our great country. Without discipline, we become just another armed
  • A Mother's Love

    A mother's love is a gift like no other. Being a military mom is not an easy life, but it's one I choose because I also love serving my country. Non-military mothers (like my own) may not understand how it is possible to leave our kids, but when we military mothers are asked to deploy, we do it and don't think twice about it. My baby just turned
  • Are You Buying Cheap Tools?

    My Dad used to work in a hardware store when he was in junior high. Among the things he learned while working there was a quote from the owner, "A poor man can't afford to buy cheap tools." This quote is something Dad shared with me many times over the years, and I must admit the first few times I heard it I really didn't understand what it meant.
  • Leaving a mark

    As my one year tour of duty in deployed squadron command comes to a close, I find myself reflecting on the events and people, mainly the people, of the last year. Hundreds of Airmen of all ranks have come and gone from our squadron, each of them leaving his or her mark on our organization. And most of them have made dramatic improvements to our
  • Relationships Matter

    Each of us must interact with other people, and how we respond to these interactions define how we and others view our relationships and our world.What are relationships? The World English Dictionary definition is "the state of being connected or related." Relationships can run the gamut from short term acquaintances lasting only a few moments to
  • Earth Day 2011: Everyday decisions impact planet

    I love the feeling of the cool breeze brushing against my face as I drive to work with the windows rolled down on a nice crisp summer morning. At the pool or beach, the warm sunlight reflects nicely on the blue water and makes me feel good to be alive. I guess I've just always enjoyed being able to enjoy nature! Here in the desert, when the winds
  • The Historian's Role: Documenting the Fight

    The legacy of preserving the history of American military air power dates to World War I. On May 9, 1918, Brig. Gen. Benjamin Foulois, Chief of the Air Service, ordered the appointment of historians to submit monthly reports. The job initially fell to Capt. Ernest Jones, who struggled to collect the necessary data. "The squadrons have but one
  • Duty and the Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

    Back home, I am a Permanent Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the Air Force Academy. I am spending a year on a "deployment sabbatical" so I can better prepare cadets to be the next generation of Air Force leaders. While preparing to deploy, I reflected on what I wanted to accomplish in the six months I would be gone. I had not been
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