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June 22, 2012

Learn from the past, Invest in the future...

Future successes are a factor of present performance developed from past experience; a phrase simply, stated when put to words. But to put it into action takes on a whole new meaning. Where will you be two years, five years, or even ten years from now? No one really knows, and unless you have been hanging out and spending quality time at the palm

June 11, 2012

An Air Force son's question

As the father of a very bright almost 5-year-old boy, I am used to providing answers to a wide range of tough questions. Everything from "why is the sky blue?" to "how come cheetahs are so fast?" I don't think my answers are always right, but I know I nailed the answer to one of his most recent questions, " Why are we in the Air Force?"My first

June 8, 2012

Preventive Medicine

There is an old expression, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." It's not known when this expression came to light, but nowhere is it more applicable than to the field of preventive medicine.Preventive medicine is a specialty in medical practice where the practitioner becomes an expert in the practices intended to prevent illness and

May 31, 2012

Think twice before using spice

Thinking about getting a so-called "legal high" this summer? Don't. There is no such thing. This spring, three Airmen from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., found out the hard way that smoking spice will not only ruin your career, but can also result in a court-martial conviction and jail time. The three Whiteman Airmen, assigned to the 509th Civil

May 17, 2012

The longest walk...home

Nearly one year ago I wrote an article, titled A National Day for EOD, detailing how the 111th U.S. Congress had passed a resolution declaring the first Saturday in May as National Explosive Ordnance Disposal Day to honor those who serve and have served in the noble and self-sacrificing profession of Explosive Ordnance Disposal in the U.S. Armed

May 14, 2012

Service before self

During President Kennedy's inaugural address in 1961 he made a profound statement that reverberates even today. He said, "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." In this day and age with budget shortfalls and declining manning, the Air Force probably should adopt his quote as "Ask not what the Air Force can

May 1, 2012

Capitalizing upon transitions

Transitions in warfare are inevitable. Recognizing a transition is taking place is half the battle as Giulio Douhet, an Italian army general, pointed out when he said, "Victory smiles upon those who anticipate changes in the nature of warfare, not upon those who wait to adapt themselves after the changes have occurred." Exploiting those changes

April 23, 2012

Pay it forward: Growing the next generation

I recently met with our dental junior enlisted tier for a mentoring session. We discussed junior enlisted responsibilities as noted in Air Force Instruction 36-2918, Enlisted Force Structure.During this session, I recognized an all too often overlooked area: growing the next generation. As senior noncommissioned officers and NCOs, we are

March 30, 2012

Eggs, pastels and rabbits: Oh my!

A young girl excitedly yells and begins throwing brightly colored straw bits all around her, searching for every last neon-foiled candy. Other children, with dirty knees and chocolate covered grins, frantically search for the last of the small plastic eggs scattered in a large yard, the wheel wells of parked vehicles and in the drainage pipes along

March 28, 2012

Effective communication is essential to success

Four years ago I was sitting in a room with 20 squadron commanders trying to figure out how we were going to pull off "Air Force Week." If you are not familiar with it, "Air Force Week" is an air show on steroids. Each year, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force picks two or three Air Force bases across the continental United States and designates