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  • COMMENTARY: Longer waits, safer gates

    Every service member has a duty to defend the constitution of the United States. In order to do this, we support a variety of missions throughout the four branches of service. However, these missions are put in jeopardy if our security is compromised. A renewed focus on security across the Air Force caused leadership to review base security procedures and, in places, change security measures. While these new measures may be inconvenient, they ensure we can keep Barksdale safe and complete its mission. We understand that there have been major changes to the flow of traffic onto base and our Security Forces Defenders are making every effort to keep traffic moving smoothly. Because the new security posture will be in place for the foreseeable future, it is important we all take steps to adjust.
  • COMMENTARY: Black History Month

    “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots” Marcus Garvey
  • COMMENTARY: Four ways to invest in yourself

    “When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.” – African Proverb We’ve been talking over the last several weeks on the subject of personal growth. If you aren’t intentional about your growth and your development it won’t happen. This week I want to provide four useful tips for investing in yourself and your growth.
  • COMMENTARY: Personal growth, know yourself

    “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.” Lao Tzu
  • COMMENTARY: Personal growth, a new you

    “The only person you should ever compare yourself to is the one you used to be” Unknown
  • COMMENTARY: Personal Growth

    ‘Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle:’ Napoleon Hill By Chaplain (Capt) Meade Adams
  • COMMENTARY: Behind the scenes: at the gate

    Interaction with security forces gate guards is a common occurrence on base. People may think that guarding a gate is an easy aspect of the security forces career field, but my perspective is totally different after my behind-the-scenes experience augmenting at the gate. I stepped out of my warm car into the frigid morning air to be greeted by my defender-mentor for the day. I had heard the perception that security forces members were unpleasant and smug. I quickly found out he was quite the opposite.
  • COMMENTARY: Standing up for what matters

    “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
  • COMMENTARY: Relationships are like building a house

    “Relationships are like building a house; build it well or it will collapse” Unknown
  • COMMENTARY: New Year New You

    “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step” Chinese proverb