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Sept. 7, 2012

Wanting to be led

One thing I love about the Air Force is that it is made up of great folks from all walks of life and with backgrounds as varied as each individual nametag on their uniform. The people who make up our Air Force are a slice of American society and with those varied backgrounds each person brings a unique perspective to the part they play in

Aug. 27, 2012

Are your Airmen ready for HYT changes?

Most Airmen affected by high year of tenure changes announced in December will have one more opportunity to test for promotion before changes take effect in September 2013. If they don't make it, they'll be separated from the Air Force.Are your Airmen ready? As commanders, first sergeants, supervisors, leaders and mentors, we all play a role in our

Aug. 27, 2012

Our adversaries are watching

At the grey borders of American interests, our adversaries continually probe for any weaknesses. They watch and wait. They are always looking for a window of opportunity to influence the United States political calculus through the threat, or use, of military force. It is Team Barksdale's job to ensure that our adversaries never get that

Aug. 20, 2012

Going for the gold

I've had the privilege of watching, one of the greatest sporting events of the year. Over the past two weeks, the country took to their televisions, laptops and tablets to watch the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. For 116 years, the modern Olympics have inspired many to train to become the best and dominate in their sport, to make the clutch play under

Aug. 13, 2012

By the Numbers

I remember it well. Our commander called us into the Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, auditorium late one evening to make an announcement. Back home, one of our comrades in arms had died in a tragic accident. JP had gone for a motorcycle ride with a friend, another Air Force officer and by all accounts, was a safe and experienced rider, but that did

Aug. 2, 2012

Leadership in Times of Austerity

What exactly is "Sequestration" and what does it mean for us here at Team Barksdale? Some of you may have heard this term, and some of you may be working in positions that know a great deal about this topic. With apologies to our Comptroller experts, my overly-simple definition is that the Department of Defense will have to share half of the

July 20, 2012

Leadership: commitment, honesty, courage

"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure...than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."-- Theodore RooseveltThis quote resonates with the same enduring spirit and drive to succeed just as it

July 11, 2012

Total force works

Looking back on 25 plus years of military service, it never ceases to amaze me when a plan comes together. As an Air Reserve Technician, operationally assigned to the 2nd Maintenance Group and currently filling in as the 2nd Maintenance Squadron superintendent, while still being administratively assigned to the 307th Maintenance Group, I see a

July 2, 2012

Sacrifice, the heart of a Core Value

We've all learned the core values of the U.S. Air Force and repeated them throughout our career; integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do.All of these values have something at their heart which military servicemen and women understand so very well, sacrifice.Every year around Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veterans' Day,

June 29, 2012

Remember your heritage

Aviation was born in the minds of two brothers dreaming of what was possible. Air power was born in the minds of great military thinkers anticipating what was probable. Today's Air Force is the culmination of these tremendous dreamers and planners who set out with a goal and realized a dream. As part of that Air Force, our bomber community has a