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Sept. 9, 2011

Barksdale to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 is designated as Hispanic Heritage Month, a time we recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States. President Lyndon Johnson approved the establishment of National Hispanic Heritage week in 1968, but in 1998, President Ronald Reagan expanded NHH week to cover a 31-day period. Congress then passed Pub

Sept. 8, 2011

Readiness applies to your life, not just your mission

The upcoming Consolidated Unit Inspection makes me think a lot about readiness. While it may be two months away, we know that two months can disappear very quickly, and the immediate tasks always seem to take priority over something that we can do later. It's tempting to think, "I can't run that checklist now! I need to answer the phone, finish

Aug. 31, 2011

Optimistic attitude: the difference maker

People have always told me that attitude is everything, but I don't agree. Attitude is important, but like John Maxwell, author of The Difference Maker said, attitude cannot compensate for lack of skill, experience or competence, but it can be a difference maker. For instance, an airman 1st class could not do the job of a chief master sergeant just

Aug. 31, 2011

Safety corner: preparing for lightning strikes and tornadoes

At any given moment, there are 1,800 thunderstorms in progress somewhere on earth. According to the National Weather Service, this amounts to 16 million storms per year. In the United States, there are an estimated 25 million cloud-to-ground lightning flashes each year. While lightning can be fascinating to watch, it's also extremely

Aug. 29, 2011

Surprised by Secret Squirrel

The crews were awaken at 3 a.m. to the alert, "all Sierra crews report to the vault." Saddam Hussein had missed the United Nation's deadline to pull his troops out of Kuwait. At that time, the destination, the highly classified weapons system and the very existence of these aircraft was classified at the highest level. People in the headquarters

Aug. 18, 2011

A Simple Formula for Success

I never thought I'd be writing an article offering advice to the masses on how to be successful, and I certainly never thought I'd be writing about formulas because I avoid math like the plague -- and keep a calculator close at all times. However, early in my career, I learned a simple equation that even I understood, and it didn't require a

Aug. 16, 2011

Today's continuous bomber presence more active and important than ever before

After seven years of deployments to Andersen AFB, Guam, it was not surprising when a captain engaged me on the importance of the continuous bomber presence mission. It was a thought provoking question given our military's currently high operations tempo with actions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. As we talked, I realized the urgent need to clarify

July 26, 2011

Motorcycle safety: a new perspective

In March, I found myself wedged under the front bumper of a pickup truck with my bike next to me in a thousand pieces. I am fortunate to still be alive, and I limped away from the experience with a renewed perspective on motorcycle safety.While the overall trend has started to shift downward for motorcycle fatalities involving Air Force members, we

July 26, 2011

Safety corner: Bicycle safety

At the time this article was written, bicyclists in stage 14 of the Tour de France were traveling from Saint-Gaudens to Plateau De Bielle. It is amazing that a human can actually pedal fast enough to keep up with a car driving the speed limit here. With average speeds of 26 miles per hour, these trained athletes are able to navigate the roads with

July 21, 2011

Your ATD Matters

Attention to detail: We all hear about it at some point in our lives. Those of us in uniform, both enlisted and officer, hear those words repeatedly during our basic military training. Others hear the phrase in different venues such as our parents as we're growing up, in professional development training or while on the job. While the details may