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June 25, 2010

Remember fireworks safety

The Fourth of July is quickly approaching and there are tips to help keep you safe that everyone should know. Fireworks are dangerous, so only professionals with proper coordination should set off or handle fireworks.July Fourth is a time for celebrating our nation's independence. Over the years, fireworks have commonly been one way to celebrate.

June 4, 2010

Click it or ticket

While driving to Dallas a few weeks ago my daughters and I saw numerous billboard signs that stated "Click It or Ticket." My 10-year old daughter asked me if "Click It or Ticket" was a game." I replied, "No," and explained that it is a program to remind people to wear their seatbelts. She then asked, "Why do people have to be reminded to wear their

May 20, 2010

Asian-Pacific American Heritage month: diverse leadership for a diverse workforce

The month of May honors the achievements of Asian-Pacific Americans. You're probably wondering, "why the month of May?" One reason is this month commemorates the immigration of the first Japanese citizens to the United States on 7 May 1843. It also marks the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on 10 May 1869.

May 14, 2010

Make every year the 'Year of the Air Force Family'

The Secretary and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force named July 2009 - July 2010 the Year of the Air Force Family. Throughout this time frame, Barksdale has offered numerous YoAFF events to recognize the important role Air Force families play in mission success and to disseminate information about local support agencies, programs and resources

April 29, 2010

What keeps you awake at night?

What keeps you awake at night? Not long ago during a maintenance orientation I was asked that question. There are a lot of things that could keep me awake at night. Some we don't control: when is the next no-notice inspection, who will get orders; what will happen with the weather? We shouldn't lose sleep worrying about what we can't control. What

April 16, 2010

Paying the proper respect

So there I was...walking into the Base Exchange after work one day with my son who was five or six years old at the time. As we were walking through the parking lot retreat started to play, so we both stopped and did what protocol directed we do. As soon as it was over, my son's questions came at me fast and furious."Dad, do we have to do that?

April 16, 2010

Heed words from the wise

My grandfather was a very wise man. Although he never said much, what he did say often caught me off guard and I really never understood the underlying meanings until much later in life. My fondest memories of Grandfather are immersed in this quiet man's actions and the truth in his sayings. On one of my many summer trips to visit my grandparents,

April 1, 2010

Getting it on contract: five principles for success

As a customer, the contracting process can seem confusing and sometimes frustrating. This can be the case for a customer who is not adequately trained and educated on contracting requirements and the steps leading up to the contracting process. There are many common pitfalls along the way. Most of the time, these pitfalls can be avoided with proper

March 30, 2010

"My role in change"

The word "change" evokes a range of emotions in individuals and within professional organizations. To some, change can be unnerving. Others see great opportunity during times of change. Today across the Air Force, and particularly here at Barksdale Air Force Base, we are all part of a team that is navigating a number of big changes that affect us

March 25, 2010

2d MDG implements health care contingency

We have been hearing a lot lately that times are tough. Most of the time, this comment has been made in reference to the state of the economy, but it can also apply to other areas. For example, the 2d Medical Group will be experiencing some tough times with health care provider manning over the next six months.Due to circumstances beyond our