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Dec. 16, 2011

Drive or Ride? You decide

Have you ever been a passenger in a vehicle while the driver was not paying attention, speeding or driving recklessly? You're overwhelmed by the feeling of not having control. You tense up slam your foot to the ground to apply your passenger brake (as if that would help), and brace for an impending impact. We've all, at one time or another,

Dec. 9, 2011

Here's to you and yours

Advent, All Saints Day, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Yule, Saint Nicholas Day, Al-Hijra, Sol Invictus, Hogmanay or Bodhi Day - the winter season is typically a time of celebration around the world.Most people practice holiday gift-giving traditions derived from a combination of religious and secular celebrations and customs. They also

Dec. 6, 2011

Plan ahead to succeed

As we move into the busy holiday season, many of us will be making New Year's resolutions. As I plan my own, I reflect back on why I've failed at so many of them in the past. This reflection reminds me of a time many years ago, when I was teaching at the U.S. Air Force Academy. One of my duties was to serve as an academic advisor for cadets who had

Dec. 1, 2011

Recruiting begins with you

We have all experienced the occasional smile, handshake and a thank you when we're seen in public wearing our uniform. This experience reminds us of the importance of what we are doing on a daily basis, as well as the gratitude of our nation and community. When people see us at the gas station or the grocery store on the way home, it is important

Nov. 28, 2011

Set a positive example

Each day we have the opportunity to set an example which may significantly impact others. Will that impact be positive or negative? Several years ago, a group of individuals, both officers and enlisted, some in uniform and some not, gathered in the front lobby of the Barksdale gym. The time was approximately one minute before the national anthem

Nov. 18, 2011

Thanksgiving, a time to express gratitude and be thankful

On December 26, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill into law making the fourth Thursday in November, Thanksgiving, a national holiday. Initially designed to give the country an economic boost, it is observed as a day of celebration with family and friends. This is the time of the year for the optimists and pessimists to stop turning

Nov. 10, 2011

Innovation in the era of austerity

It seems obvious now, the next 10 years will be marked by austere budgets, downsizing and fiscal restraint. Resource reductions have been happening for years, but most of us have marched along with the same processes and plans in place while those resources slowly dried up. Even though we see the changes coming, the keys to success over the next

Nov. 10, 2011

To Perpetuate Peace

Each year, on Nov. 11, we remember the veterans who have sacrificed for us and those service men and women who are currently fighting for our freedom around the globe.However, not many of us know the true history and original meaning of Veterans Day.Although World War I officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles June 28, 1919,

Nov. 10, 2011

A veteran's tale: My WASP

I recently had the honor and pleasure of being a military escort for Elizabeth "Betty" Strohfus at the 2011 Commemorative Air Force Air Show in Odessa, Texas. Strohfus is a very active and lively 91-year-old World War II female pilot. In August 1943, Strohfus was one of the few women selected to participate in a female flight program allowing male

Oct. 26, 2011

The importance of tongue cleaning

Oral hygiene practices of brushing, flossing and using mouthwash have increased more than ever among Americans over the years. Though there is still one hygiene practice that is missing in most people's oral hygiene routine; which is the daily cleaning of their tongues. An unclean tongue will re-infect recently cleaned teeth in seconds. The act of