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May 9, 2011

It’s not just a job, it’s my profession

There was a time not too long ago when one would actually be informed of the current state of affairs in a manuscript called the newspaper.As an 11-year-old it was my responsibility to ensure all my neighbors would have their newspaper before they had their first cup of coffee. At 11, having a job meant I was responsible and reliable, but never

April 21, 2011

Where is the common sense?

When I was a child, my father seemed very fond of telling me to "use a little common sense" when I did something he thought to be particularly boneheaded. My high school football coach also seemed to be a firm believer in the use of common sense, especially when my seeming ineptness resulted in six points on the opposing scoreboard. During basic

April 21, 2011

Safety Corner: sunburn protection tips

It's spring time and, with warmer weather, we all take to the outdoors. More time outside means increased sun exposure, which significantly increases the threat of sunburns. It can happen before you know it, but sunburn treatment starts with prevention. Correctly using sunscreen will help prevent sunburn before it gets started. Visit the following

April 20, 2011

Mission first, people always, one team

Team Barksdale, how many No. 1 priorities do you have right now?For example: nuclear safety inspection preparation, mission-capable rates, pre-deployment training, Mother's Day planning, performing required flying hours, work-orders piling up, administrative paperwork, physical training test, study for Career Development Courses and professional

March 31, 2011

Safety corner: spring cleaning fire prevention

Spring cleaning can mean much more than just maintaining the appearance of your home. A thorough spring cleaning, if done properly, can dramatically improve fire safety for your family and your residence in the event of a fire or emergency.To improve fire safety around the house, spend the time to reduce clutter in the garage, inside, and around

March 31, 2011

Mentorship through performance feedback

The Air Force has provided me with many opportunities to excel and countless diverse experiences, however one experience stands above all others: mentorship.In my humble opinion, one of the best and most important ways to mentor someone is through honest, realistic performance feedback. Feedback allows the rater the opportunity to spell out to the

March 30, 2011

Safety corner: motorcycle safety tips

Motorcycle Riders of the Might Deuce, Eighth Air Force and Air Force Global Strike Command,As some of you may know, April and May are notoriously the most deadly months for Air Force Motorcycle Riders. Since October 2001, 51 Airmen have lost their lives to motorcycle mishaps. Of these tragic loses, 28 lives were lost in April and 23 were lost in

March 24, 2011

Being an Air Force leader

The U.S. Air Force is a great organization because we demand leadership at all ranks and levels. So, what is leadership? Is it developed or is it innate? How do we apply leadership? These questions, and many like them, are raised and discussed at each of the various professional military courses that most of us are likely to attend through the

March 14, 2011

Training and personal protection during perilous times

The recent shooting in Germany that claimed the lives of two of our fellow Airmen serves as a reminder that we live in a dangerous world. Our nation takes a courageous stance on the world stage to bring a slice of the peace and prosperity we enjoy in the United States to the people less privileged and suffering tyrannical oppression in other areas

March 4, 2011

Capture leadership lessons

I never thought I'd be dolling out words of wisdom or advice, but I can guarantee you I have learned some lessons throughout my life and career; some the easy way, but many more the hard way.I have not encountered anything overly extraordinary or unique and I am not going to tell you anything you have not heard or read elsewhere; however, wisdom