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Nov. 22, 2010

Smoking and you

By the year 2030, I will kill one in six people. Every time you decide to take a "drag" from me, I am dragging five minutes out of your life. I cause 87 percent of lung cancer. What do you think I am? I am an everyday necessity for some, and for others, I am taboo, or contraband. I am a cigarette.Smoking will put you at greater risk for many

Nov. 9, 2010

Is that what you’re teaching them?

When things didn't go exactly right, one of my favorite flight commanders would say to the senior NCOs, "Is that what you're teaching them?"Experiencing the Air Force as a supervisor today is much different than it was 10 years ago. Leadership, guidance and mentorship can not be emphasized enough. Today's supervisor is leading in a difficult time

Nov. 9, 2010

National Native American heritage month

This month we recognize the many accomplishments, contributions and sacrifices of Native Americans for their participation in all aspects of America's society. Native American contributions continue to be a vast part of our daily lives since they were the first to cultivate 75 percent of the food grown in the world today. Throughout our nation's

Nov. 4, 2010

One more look: combat veteran gets restored

As I stood outside looking up at the black belly of the old tall tail B-52D bomber, the heat and humidity was nearly the same as it was in Thailand so many years ago. Now, she was weathered and faded, tattered and torn, but she still had that look of a warrior. I stared at the number "0629" stenciled on her nose. The last time I saw her, she was in

Oct. 21, 2010

'Military justice' is not an oxymoron

The military justice system has been subjected to attack over the years by a variety of political and legal scholars who believe the system is unfair and arcane. These attacks are normally launched after the national press sensationalizes a court-martial case. The court-martials surrounding the abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison or the alleged killing

Oct. 14, 2010

October is national energy awareness month: ‘Build Green, Fly Blue’

October is National Energy Awareness Month and this year's slogan is "Build Green, Fly Blue." The Air Force has made a commitment to leaner installations, cleaner sources and smarter decisions through October and beyond.While energy should be a consideration in all we do here, October is the time to do more than just conserve energy; it is the time

Oct. 7, 2010

Thank You to the Global Strike Command Team

On September 30, Air Force Global Strike Command achieved Full Operational Capability...on time and on target!Reaching this historic milestone would not have happened without each and every one of you, the women and men of Global Strike Command. Your professionalism, hard work and personal sacrifice allowed us to accomplish what at first may have

Sept. 9, 2010

All I really ever needed to know about leadership I learned in BMT

The only thing that amazes me more than approaching 24 years in the Air Force is how quickly time has flown by. Thus, I was grateful for the opportunity to share some thoughts for this article, because it made me sit back and reflect on all the people, places and adventures, good and bad, that I had the fortune to meet, go or experience in my

Sept. 2, 2010

Facility managers: the key to base appearance

The majority of the Air Force's functional communities have a program they lead; however, the success of the program largely depends on support from the base as a whole. The 2d Security Forces Squadron runs our ready augmentee program to ensure base safety and the 2d Force Support Squadron leads our Base Honor Guard efforts to ensure protocol

Sept. 1, 2010

Wildfires and prevention

Barksdale has experienced a hot, dry summer this year and conditions are favorable for a wildfire.A wildfire is any uncontrolled fire in combustible vegetation that occurs in the countryside or in a wilderness area. Also referred to as brush, forest and grass fires, each wildfire can cost more than 10 million dollars in damage. However, wildfires