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  • Good leaders practice servant leadership

    Servant leadership is a concept that may be a little different from the normal discussions concerning leadership. Though many of us practice this concept every day, we haven't thought about it as being in relationship to a servant. The phrase, "I joined the military to serve my country," has been used by many people. But how much thought has really
  • Three days in service dress

    As you might expect, as a commander of a wing that stretches from Ramstein, Germany, to Hawaii, I spend a lot of time on the road and in different uniform combinations. But, I want to tell you about a couple of weeks ago when I wore my service dress uniform three days in a row. Even for me, that's pretty rare: most days, it's Airman Battle Uniforms
  • One in four

    One in four: Look around you right now, whether you're at your workplace or waiting at the clinic; where ever you are look around and count one in four women around you. How many did you identify? Just one? Maybe two out of eight? Three out of 12? The number can get staggering, depending on the crowd. One out of every four, according to the Center
  • My life was changed forever

    My life was changed forever February 11, 2011. It was a Friday. I was glad to be getting off work, because I was going to be on leave for the next two weeks. Around 5 p.m., my friend, Chris, texted me and asked if I wanted to come over to his house. Since my wife was taking my daughter over to a friend's house, I decided to go. When I arrived, he
  • Take some time to remember

    On Monday, May 30, many folks will be enjoying a long weekend, with picnics, trips to the beach, shopping sales and family gatherings... all of which is good... BUT please don't forget to find time for the real reason for the holiday. Memorial Day is intended to be a time of remembrance of those who came before us in military service and have now
  • Commentary: The Prowl…

    This past weekend, I found myself as the designated driver for a group of my college friends. This "boyz" weekend has had numerous constants these past 20 years: watching football games, drinking beer and shots, gorging on pizza and BBQ, and invariably closing the evening with Tums and seltzer cocktails, a Pepto-Bismol chaser, and calls home to the
  • It's not just a job, it's my profession

    There was a time not too long ago when one would actually be informed of the current state of affairs in a manuscript called the newspaper.As an 11-year-old it was my responsibility to ensure all my neighbors would have their newspaper before they had their first cup of coffee. At 11, having a job meant I was responsible and reliable, but never
  • Airman makes large impact in first year of service

    Airman 1st Class Mark Robertson, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron heavy vehicle operator, has only been in the Air Force and out of technical school since August 2010. In his short amount of time, he has acquired skills, knowledge and on the job experience some people don't see in their entire careers in the heavy equipment and pavements career
  • Vandenberg leadership 'rides the lightning' at Taser training

    They call it riding the lightning: a 50,000 volt blast inducing complete neuromuscular incapacitation. They look at me with excited eyes trying to hold back smirks while prepping me for five seconds of inconceivable suffering. A trigger squeeze, a succession of jackhammer Big Bangs on full-auto, and then everything I ever knew disappears. Love,
  • Autism in today's military

    The second of April has special significance for my family -- one year ago I was transitioning out of Afghanistan and returning home to a family I had not seen in seven months. What kept me going through the deployment was not just the important mission, the camaraderie, or the fact that I was looking forward to some down time upon my return. It