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  • You have the right to remain silent

    The phrase, "you have the right to remain silent" is a part of our culture. Typically we see TV detectives or police officers delivering that line to some lawbreaker who the audience knows to be guilty as handcuffs are being placed on the perpetrator's wrists. It makes for good television, but it's not very realistic. Miranda WarningsThe Miranda
  • Achieving Balance

    Achieving Balance by Lt. Col. Mary Ann Garbowski, 30th Medical Support Squadron commander.Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony--Thomas Merton Most people will find the term "achieving balance" somewhat odd. In our goal oriented lives balance does not readily appear to be an achievement. We revere those
  • Military Voting Rates at All-Time Low -- Shame on Us

    Imagine, for a moment, that you work for Apple Inc. It's time for the company to appoint a new CEO, and you and your co-workers get to handpick your boss. All you have to do is check a box next to the name of your favorite candidate and mail it to the company. You'd do it, wouldn't you? According to statistics, most of you wouldn't.We members of
  • How good of an “Air Force” family member are you?

    The Air Force stresses the importance of taking care of your fellow Airmen and yourself; annual training and wingman days are regular reminders. The success of Air Force missions relies on all of us to play a role. Taking care of Airmen is only part of our responsibility; the other part is to be a good Air Force family member. I think there are
  • Think straight, lead great!

    On a Monday morning, I was eastbound on Florida Highway 524 headed for "The Cape." I was scheduled to present a briefing for Apollo 11 astronaut "Buzz" Aldrin and I was running late ... stuck behind a smoke bellowing, slow moving 18-wheeler. I remember thinking, "please don't take the ramp onto the Beeline; just get out of my way!" Sure enough, you
  • Teamwork carries the day

    Allow me, if you would, to talk about a certain team that I hold close -- one that has come from many different places and backgrounds, but has come together for one common goal. For those of you who know me, you may think I'm talking about the New York Yankees or the Boston Celtics. While they are both great teams and have many banners to prove
  • Finding inspiration

    One of the leading reasons my family and I love to watch the Olympic Games is because the athletes inspire us. They're amazing! Competition on this world stage takes colossal sacrifice and self-discipline, not to mention thousands and thousands of hours of practice. Take for example, USA's 16-year-old Gabby Douglas, women's gymnastics all-around
  • Attacking Symptoms

    As an Area Defense Counsel in the Air Force, it is my job to represent Airmen who get in legal or administrative trouble, and I love my job. I have spent the majority of my legal career as an attorney representing people in trouble, both as a civilian and now as an ADC. It has been my experience that people seldom make bad decisions in a vacuum.
  • “Doing the right thing” versus “Doing things right” – A Framework for Post-ORI Innovation

    Col. Lavanson Coffey III, the 30th Launch Group commander, submitted a commentary July 16 about "doing the right thing" where he discussed the importance of not cutting corners and always doing what's right. Unfortunately, we're more focused today on "doing things right" than "doing the right thing." This has become apparent as we prepare for the
  • Back to basics: A commander's reflection

    I recently had the opportunity to attend a Basic Military Training graduation at Lackland AFB, Tex., which was a memorable personal and professional experience. It was personal because my oldest son was one of the graduates. It was professionally memorable because I was reminded of a commander's responsibility to serve our Air Force's newest