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  • I am an American Airman

    When you hear the Airman's Creed what do the words mean to you? I think about the proud heritage of the U.S. Air Force. I think about Gen. Billy Mitchell betting his career on air power. I think about the Tuskegee Airmen and their struggle to break into a segregated Air Force. I think about Gen. Chuck Yeager in his X-1 and Sgt. John Levitow's
  • ‘A’ is for Air Power

    I am about to culminate my one year tour in Southwest Asia. It was an outstanding year! I want to share with you what I believe to be one of the most significant aspects of our service as Airmen. The significance of my tour is not marked by a piece of cloth on my chest or even the work I did while I was here, but by the relationships I forged with
  • Let’s see some results!

    In my squadron, people are very familiar with the phrase "Show me some results!" They know I'm not referring to results in general, but specific results we have been tasked with or I have asked for. Before getting into the details of a process or issue you're working, try to frame it in terms of the desired outcome. We start with larger
  • Airmen be nimble, Airmen be quick

    It is inevitable: change will happen. If you look closely, you can see it happening now. The old rotation is leaving. Key permanent party members (commanders included) will be leaving this summer. The unit is re-organizing. Major change is happening, and it will present many challenges in terms of continuity and organizational dynamics. One key
  • End of another AEF calls for reflection, remotivation

    In the words of famous baseball catcher and quote master, Yogi Berra, "It's déjà vu all over again." Beginning this week, I will see the third departure and arrival of another Air Expeditionary Forces rotational team. Seeing yet another rotation come and go reminds me of many things I think are important for our departing Airmen to take with them
  • The 'tactical triad' of the military

    In my line of work as a Security Forces Defender, the most simplistic execution of my fundamental duty is expressed in mastery of the tactical triad of Manipulation, Marksmanship, and Mindset. All three facets of the triad are codependent, and total success depends on mastery of the whole thing. Although created to help tactical operations
  • Broad definition, harsh penalties under new UCMJ sexual misconduct rules

    Designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, April brings an annual opportunity to focus awareness on sexual violence and its prevention. When a sexual assault allegation is made against a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, the military will thoroughly investigate the criminal allegations and, if appropriate, prosecute any alleged offenses through
  • The art of followership: as important as the art of leadership

    We start our careers learning that leadership is the bedrock on which everything is built. Whether it's going through basic military training or a commissioning program, leadership stands out as the fundamental difference that makes our military life unique from most other professions in the world. Regardless of our rank, we are told that the
  • Protect the human weapon system

    During the past few months at the 379th, I've been able to witness some of the unpleasant side effects of the smallpox and anthrax shots in our deployed population. We affectionately call the aches, redness, inflammation, and sometimes oozing immunization sites that we see in the primary care clinic and at public health the "smallpox blues." Often
  • Relationships - How They Influence Your Life

    Born in 1960, I grew up in a very staunch, middle-class, Catholic family, No. 9 of 13 children. The breadth of relationships in our very large family was enormous. Everyone had their own unique and very distinguishable personalities, and over the years we all learned many lessons. For instance, I learned about competition as soon as I graduated