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Oct. 26, 2011

You matter!

Many times during my past two years at the 2nd Maintenance Group, I've heard the following question, "How many people does it take to maintain 27 assigned B-52s?" The answer is always the same: 1,800 plus people. Amazingly enough, that is how many folks who are assigned to the 2 MXG. What this tells me is we have the amount of Airmen the Air Force

Oct. 13, 2011

Mental fortitude: the fire within

As I sat watching game six of the 2011 NBA playoffs, I couldn't believe the Dallas Mavericks beat the Miami Heat. What happened, I asked my husband. Didn't Miami have the "dream" team? Didn't they shell out almost $50 million to get and maintain some of the best players in the league--LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh? My husband said the

Oct. 13, 2011

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month

All around us are individuals struggling to suppress the pain of the domestic violence permeating their daily lives and some do not always survive. They look to co-workers for words of encouragement. They engage others in needless confrontations. They do not focus on the day-to-day tasks assigned to them. They show up at work with bruises explained

Oct. 7, 2011

Are you a warrior?

The Airman's Creed identifies the speaker four times as an "American Airman" and twice as a "Warrior." Warrior is the most used identity in the Creed after Airman. The inference is Airmen are warriors. I ask you, are you really a warrior?By a sterile definition, a warrior is one who is experienced in battle and often has a unique behavioral code

Oct. 4, 2011

Strategic thinking, it’s not just for brass and corporate moguls

Do you know what you want out of life? Are you where you want to be right now? Do you have a plan, or are you drifting along with the current? Well, if you don't have a vision for where you want to be in "x" years or can't really see yourself achieving a certain goal, odds are you will never get there.Have you ever heard of strategic planning or

Sept. 26, 2011

Life after spice

Confinement is defined by Webster's Dictionary as "a place to keep within bounds, a place of imprisonment, detainment." Confinement is the military term for jail. Believe me, as a member of the United States military who has been and currently is confined, once those metal doors slam shut, you better start making yourself as comfortable as possible

Sept. 23, 2011

Dress and personal appearance is the member’s responsibility

In July the Air Force released the latest edition of AFI 36-2903, Dress and Personal Appearance Instruction. For me, the AFI is now more user-friendly and can attract the attention of the many varied types of learners. The new format caters to the needs of the visual learner by having numerous colorful pictures of the correct wear of the various

Sept. 15, 2011

Hydration: Is It Really That Important?

In today's Air Force, many of us spend an extreme amount of time outdoors. Even those who work primarily indoors spend plenty of time outside exercising and training for fitness tests and unit physical training. However, being outdoors performing any type of strenuous activity will cause our bodies to lose something very vital to us ...

Sept. 15, 2011

Is Air Force Culture Shifting toward Army?

Recently, I attended the Chief Leadership Course, and a fellow chief made a comment that Airmen are starting to feel the Air Force culture becoming more like the Army. So what is military culture? In an article titled Military Culture and Transformation, Michael Siegl stated that military culture "comprises the attitudes, values, goals, beliefs and

Sept. 15, 2011

September’s Oktoberfest

The cool Autumn air of a peaceful night is shattered by blaring polka music, a cheering crowd and the sound of glasses clinking together followed by shouts of "Prost!"Every year, the celebration of Oktoberfest draws large crowds together worldwide. This year, the Barksdale crowd will be gathering at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Barksdale Consolidated