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  • Diversity: The bedrock of airpower

    You may have noticed that there are a lot of months on the calendar observing the heritage of diverse groups. February marked Black History Month, in March we celebrate Women’s History Month and in May we will observe Asian-Pacific Heritage Month. In fact, several times throughout the year we celebrate and highlight diverse groups that make up
  • ‘Nomophobia’: There’s a cure!

    Hey you. Yes, YOU with your head down, eyes focused on a 4x6 screen...it appears you have accidentally glued you finger to your smart phone! Yes, I get it, you can Facebook stalk your coworkers, check basketball scores and standings, get to the next level on Candy Crush, see what's trending in the fashion world, text your buddy a picture of the
  • Mission: Possible

    At the risk of showing how truly long in the tooth I am, I can distinctly remember the classic American television series Mission: Impossible. The main character Dan Briggs, and later Jim Phelps, would usually receive their instructions via a pre-recorded tape message that would subsequently self-destruct. The message, after first explaining the
  • Improving the Deid: One Acronym and Five MLK Quotes toward a Better Air Base

    Can you really make an impact during your time at Al Udeid Air Base? If you have recently arrived, and have not already noticed, this place is mission-driven. Each daily task performed by every member of the Wing plays out every time an aircraft takes off. I recently heard a top leader of the Wing state, “This place is a machine.” The emphasis of
  • Strength in Diversity

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said: "In a real sense all life is inter-related. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be
  • Martin Luther King Jr’s Contribution to America

    January is a month that we as a nation celebrate the life and legacy of one of the more influential people in American history. Martin Luther King Jr., a civils rights champion, was born January 15, 1929, and in his honor, a federal holiday was enacted in 1983 by President Ronald Regan, which was first observed on January 20, 1986. To some, the
  • Being Present

    Happy New Year! It is time for turning over a new leaf and making your New Year’s resolutions. While I believe it is a noble thought to prepare for a better year than the last, it’s equally noble to remain committed to a better year. However, the New Year is often started with big, ambitious goals, and promises that are very often busted before
  • TRUE inteGRITy

    Your homework after reading this article is to turn to the closest Airman and ask him to define ‘integrity’. Wait while he rattles off some version of, “integrity means doing the right thing even when no one is watching,” and then say “stop telling people that; you sound like an idiot”. Sprinkle in a sir, ma’am, or “with all due respect” as
  • Three Months in Command – My Dad Would Be Pleased

    Today marks three months in command for me here at Al Udeid Air Base. Three months can seem like a short time, but I can honestly say that I’ve had some of the longest days I can imagine since arriving here. Most days I’m very busy, and that’s good. Many of us are fond of saying that the days are long but the weeks go by fast. It’s true! Every
  • BALANCE

    Happy Holidays! Thank you for your service and your sacrifice!Today, I would like to talk about balance. For those who are old enough to remember the movie Karate Kid, I’m not going to get Mr. Miyagi on anyone when I write about balance. Please do not get on any rocks or pilings and start practicing your crane kicks. What I want to do, is to be
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