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  • Cutting corners

    Among my more unpopular decisions as a commander was to modify my squadron physical training policy, moving squadron PT sessions outside of duty hours; 6 a.m. Tuesdays and 4:45 p.m. Thursdays. As a concession, to those with childcare issues and other challenges, I made the sessions optional. Consequently on any Tuesday morning or Thursday afternoon
  • The World is watching

    Over the next month 3.5 million fans from Australia, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas will be intensely focused on the action and results of 32 national soccer teams during the World Cup in Brazil. The goal for each team is to raise the tournament trophy and run the victory lap at the end. With so many skilled players around the world the
  • Celebrating our Air Force culture

    I love sports and seeing people succeed in sports. I enjoyed running track during my formative years in high school and two of my events were the 400 meter and 800 meter relay team races. In the relay races four runners comprise a team. I anchored both teams and the goal was to pass a baton from team member to team member without dropping the
  • Memorial Day reflections from a deployed chaplain at AFMAO

    Editor's note: Chaplain (Maj.) Martin Adamson is the 30th Space Wing Deputy Wing Chaplain currently deployed to Dover Air Force Base, Del., in support of Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations."Honorable." That was the word used to describe the kind of work I would be involved in at Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations at Dover Air Force Base,
  • Family, you are the real MVPs

    When National Basketball Association superstar, Kevin Durant, was named the league's 2014 Most Valuable Player on May 6, he delivered a gratitude-filled acceptance speech in which he thanked his teammates and coaches for their support on his way to the top. But what grabbed the attention of the American public was the emotional tribute he gave to
  • Bloom where you are planted

    "April showers bring May flowers," but drive out the Solvang or Lompoc Gates and you will know the flowers in Lompoc do not restrict themselves to that proverb. Once known as the flower seed capital of the world, Lompoc is proud of its heritage as "The City of Arts and Flowers." The temperate climate is ideal for year-round planting, and one may
  • Looking into the past to shape my future

    As I strolled down the red carpet, entering the Pacific Coast Club's main ballroom, photographs and rocket displays were exhibited throughout the entrance and Warrior Room covering the history of launches at Vandenberg.At the sound of chimes, I joined Airmen of all ranks, guests and local community members, to celebrate the 30th SW's Dining Out
  • 5, 4, 3, 2, 1….Liftoff!

    There is something so exhilarating about a rocket launch... the thrill of the countdown, the tremendous rumble as if the earth was coming to an end, the beautiful plume of smoke as it enters the atmosphere and finally witnessing the second stage as it separates. It never gets old no matter how many times you've seen one. Throughout the years, I
  • It takes the entire team to reach mission success

    Air Force military of all ranks, airmen basic to generals, as well as government civilians, contractors, distinguished visitors, retirees, families and community partners on and around Vandenberg turned their eyes toward the sky on Thursday morning to follow the Atlas V as it raced to deliver its Defense Meteorological Satellite Program payload to
  • Are you more than just a picture on the wall?

    Every senior leader, whether enlisted or an officer, has to get an official Air Force photo taken for placement in their unit's facilities. Normally, you are dressed in your service dress with all your ribbons, or what I like to call, "your resume on your chest and old glory behind you." The Public Affairs people have done some great work for me