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April 6, 2007

Leadership is responsibility, change is necessary

In this extremely challenging time for our nation, change is nothing new to the United States Air Force or any large corporation in the civilian sector world wide. However, leadership styles and demands are very different and can contribute to success or failure. In the Armed Forces, we cannot afford to fail at carrying out the mission. The defense

March 9, 2007

It’s all about the training

At one time or another, everyone has heard it at least once - "It's all about the mission." Here at the 2d Maintenance Operations Squadron weapons standardization section, it is all about the training. Training is our mission. We must provide our weapons load crewmembers with accurate and fundamental weapons loading practices and provide as much

March 9, 2007

Celebrate female Airmen during women’s history month

As a commander I have the privilege to lead a diverse group of Airmen that like America itself, join together to accomplish great achievements as a team. As history has proven, the monumental achievements that defined our country, whether prevailing over tyranny in the battles of World War II, or serving the cause of freedom and peace around the

March 1, 2007

Command chief encourages excellence in all areas of life

"Excellence in All We Do" extends beyond our primary job. It is not specific to your Air Force Specialty Code. You can't choose when and where to apply excellence. Excellence should be the norm. Vince Lombardi said, "The quality of a man's life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor." Are

Feb. 20, 2007

Success of 20th Bomb Squadron depends on others

The 20th Bomb Squadron "Buccaneers" represent one of the many organizations in a very busy 2d Bomb Wing. Since our return from an Air Expeditionary Force deployment in May of '06, we have taken part in three major inspections along with several communications exercises and multiple engagements designed to train warriors from every branch of the

Jan. 22, 2007

2 BW ascends into 2007 with events

If you are like me, you are walking into the New Year wondering where 2006 went. It certainly was a busy year and 2007 promises to be just as exciting. In 2007, we have back-to-back aviation package deployments to support the Pacific Command Commander, a practice Phase I/II Conventional Operational Readiness Exercise in January and March,

Dec. 13, 2006

Integrity: Get it, keep it, use it

Integrity first. Along with the other core values of service and excellence, it's one of the first things Airmen hear upon entry into the Air Force. Over time, we hear it repeated so often that it's easy to tune out as being a sales pitch or recruiting slogan for the Air Force. So what does "integrity" really mean? Merriam-Webster defines it as

Dec. 13, 2006

Chief Cooley: With completion of inspections, let’s now ‘shack’ our customs and courtesies

In 24 years in the Air Force, I've seen many changes. I've closed bases and stood up new squadrons. I've seen the Air Force restructure, regionalize and "right size." I've seen fatigues go away; aircrew style name patches come and go on BDUs and name tags removed from our service dress, only to return again. With all these changes, and many

Aug. 17, 2006

Stay focused, keep looking, moving forward

We all know what a busy place Barksdale is; we even pay tribute to it by naming our exercises things like "Busy Mudbug." I like being busy because I don't deal well with boredom. The trick to dealing with a busy lifestyle is to keep focused on what is important. That is easy for us because we have the TWO vector which provides clear direction on