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March 24, 2010

Life as a RAF exchange officer

This is part two of a three part series on the occasion of the RAF leaving Barksdale."So what do you do?" - This is probably the question I get asked most often and dread answering the most. Not that I don't like talking about myself, but there really isn't an easy answer.I normally reply that I'm the Royal air force exchange officer at the 8th Air

March 19, 2010

Exercising our Core Values

Some of us watched the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics. My family and I enjoyed seeing our athletes represent our country and compete for worldwide recognition. I felt a great sense of pride and patriotism witnessing their desire to battle for the gold.Our American athletes are without a doubt "fit to fight" in their own way. It

Feb. 22, 2010

Civilians on the Air Force team: Is the grass always greener on the other side?

I recently overheard two military members discussing how nice it would be to be an Air Force civil service employee. In their estimation, Air Force civilians "do not have to stress about military stuff and they get to display variety in their wardrobes." As they fanaticized further scenarios, they touted geographic stability in not being required

Feb. 5, 2010

I'm a quitter

It's been a month. In the grand scheme of things that doesn't seem like a long time, but it's been 30 long, slow days without the familiar feel of the cigarette in my hand, the familiar taste of nicotine that started my mornings or the feel of the box in my pocket that comforted me during stressful times. To put it bluntly, quitting smoking sucks.

Jan. 27, 2010

To the Men and Women of 8th Air Force

On February 1st, the Nation's long-range, nuclear-capable bomber force will transfer to Air Force Global Strike Command. This is an historic milestone in the comprehensive roadmap laid out by the Secretary of the Air Force and our Chief of Staff to strengthen both the capability and the credibility of the Air Force nuclear enterprise. It also

Jan. 14, 2010

The enemy doesn't take a break, neither will we

Sometimes it seems as though exercises and inspections will never stop. Well, the reality is they won't. As creatures of habit, we'd much rather be going about our everyday routine of building or fixing things, serving people, improving processes, even writing reports and mostly just doing our normal job. Those daily tasks seem to stack up when

Jan. 8, 2010

Aging gracefully

Wow, a new decade has dawned upon mankind. Reflecting upon the "Mighty Deuce," I can go back to an era when I could run faster, my joints did not creak and my fellow crewdogs were younger, thinner and had plenty of hair! In January 1991, the 2d Bomb Wing was still under Strategic Air Command. At that time the base was home to the 62d and 596th Bomb

Dec. 30, 2009

Take care of your Airmen: train, equip, recognize

Over my career, I have often heard the leadership quotation, "If you take care of your Airmen, they will take care of the mission." While some may think this statement is nothing more than a cliché, I truly believe from personal experience as both a leader and a follower that this axiom is accurate. Senior leadership in the Air Force apparently

Dec. 18, 2009

Military life affords life-changing blessings in unexpected places

Most people join the military looking for adventure, a chance to travel, educational benefits or just job security. Once you begin your career, you often find the opportunities and experiences are much greater than you ever imagined. The Air Force has afforded me opportunities many only dream about. I have traveled to many countries and seen many

Dec. 14, 2009

Navigating financial services

Do you have a military or travel related pay question? Do you need to accomplish a pay related transaction? Did you know that you can get response to your questions or accomplish the majority of your transactions without ever stepping foot in the local financial services office? These tips and updates can assist you with personally taking control