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March 13, 2013

Better life through priorities

Life is about decisions, forks in the road with endless possibilities. Here is a piece of advice courtesy of retired Air Force Col. Dennis Stuckey, D.C. "You have to have priorities. First is your God, second is your family and third is the Air Force. As long as you make decisions in keeping with these priorities (in that order) then everything

Feb. 26, 2013

Tough But Fair…

What does it mean to be tough but fair, and why is this so important? Tough, but fair means to uphold and enforce standards without being biased. Allow me to illustrate my point. I had to repeat the first grade because I missed too many school days playing hooky. My mother was very upset and used some tactics on me that the Special Forces are still

Feb. 25, 2013

Privately owned weapons on Barksdale AFB

With hunting season in full swing and the number of personnel receiving "concealed carry" permits on the rise, it is a good time to discuss the rules of bringing and transporting privately owned weapons onto the installation. The topic is common in most workplaces around base, and I get asked the question on a frequent basis. Before you take advice

Feb. 19, 2013

Mentoring: Moving from Programs to Culture

Squadron book clubs. Friday lunch groups. Monthly professional development seminars. These are just of few of the mentoring initiatives I have experienced in my career. Each was envisioned and designed by an organizational leader as a mentoring forum; and each was plagued by mediocre results despite the noble goal of developing Airmen through

Jan. 9, 2013

MOS Analysts Dig Deep for Answers

Like most Airmen, members of the 2nd Maintenance Operations Squadron analysis section, led by Master Sgt. Deb Inovejas, quietly go about their work. They come to work early, work hard all day, and often stay late. This cycle repeats itself daily.Inovejas and her team typically work behind the scenes in relative obscurity. Their work often goes

Sept. 28, 2012

Embodying ‘I am Air Force Energy’

October is Energy Action Month, the key word in that title being, "Action." We take this month to highlight the importance of energy in our daily lives, but throughout the year we, as individuals and as a Command, must be mindful of our energy actions, maintaining the mantra and this year's theme, "I am Air Force Energy."Part of ensuring Global

Sept. 24, 2012

Do something good for your heart

For all that your heart does for you, isn't it time you did a few nice things for it? It's really not so hard. Here are some things you can do that will make your heart happy: · Move more - walk your dog (or your kids!), wash the car, get up during commercials and do a few squats, jumping jacks or sit-ups, ride your bike to the corner store or take

Sept. 24, 2012

Do’s and Don’ts for Airmen during this Political Season

With the 2012 presidential election only months away, please keep in mind that special rules apply to active duty Airmen regarding their political activities. Violation of these rules can have serious consequences and could result in criminal or administrative penalties. The purposes of these rules are to ensure the Department of Defense does not

Sept. 21, 2012

Dishonorable Dashing

A few weeks ago, I was leaving the Base Exchange and the first note of retreat began to sound off. Just as I would normally do, I immediately turned towards the music anticipating the playing of the national anthem. Through my peripheral vision, I saw two Airmen sprinting toward the main entrance and another individual, dressed in civilian attire,

Sept. 17, 2012

The cost of a no-show appointment

A missed medical appointment means a physician, technician and nurse suddenly find themselves with time on their hands that should have been filled by a patient seeking health care. Although the brief break from a particularly hectic day and the chance to reduce the pile of paperwork may be appreciated, the access to appointments, productivity and