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June 9, 2009

Don't feel obligated

The Department of Defense calls upon its employees to achieve great things under a standard of excellence. Our actions are heavily scrutinized by Congress and the American public, but we meet and, most often, exceed the expectations placed upon us. However, in this atmosphere of decreased manning and increased operations tempo, the success we work

May 20, 2009

Maintenance Group commander bids farewell

Colonel Steven Shinkle, 2d Maintenance Group commander, will retire from the Air Force Aug. 1 after 32 years of service to the United States of America. Before he leaves, he took some time to say good bye to the Airmen who have served with him and thank you to his family who has been by his side throughout his career ...My priorities have always

April 6, 2009

Dealing with personal change

There seems to be a new buzz word on base this week. I have heard it 15 times just this morning before my first meeting of the day. What word could be so important? How could one word require so much attention that I had to hear it 15 times in one morning? The word is "change." The most recent change brought the 2d Bomb Wing a new commander and the

Feb. 5, 2009

Heroes in our midst

The world has seen ardent heroism in the airborne invasion of Normandy; it has seen grave horrors in the Bataan Death March. The Northwest Louisiana Veteran's Home has seen them both in the form of two men. Their names are Raymond Overcash and Mike Earnest - living memories of two of the most profound events in American history. These men are but

Feb. 5, 2009

Heroes in our midst

The world has seen ardent heroism in the airborne invasion of Normandy; it has seen grave horrors in the Bataan Death March. The Northwest Louisiana Veteran's Home has seen them both in the form of two men. Their names are Raymond Overcash and Mike Earnest - living memories of two of the most profound events in American history. These men are but

Dec. 16, 2008

Christmas ‘delivery’ through strategic airpower

Team Barksdale entered December with many warriors deployed across the globe projecting power to provide loved ones at home the hope of a peaceful Christmas. America's heavy bomber force comprised of the venerable B-52H, speedy B-1B and stealthy B-2A provides the U.S. government a strategic capability to send a very deliberate message globally

Dec. 16, 2008

The Inspector General: enhancing warfighting capability

Throughout my career the position and responsibility of the wing Inspector General has changed several times. What hasn't changed is the importance of an engaged IG program that includes both the complaint resolution process and the inspection program. The IG at all command levels includes a vigorous complaint resolution program. A successful

Nov. 10, 2008

JAG corps looking for a few good officers

I will be the first to admit I would love to fly Air Force jets. Sometimes when I am sitting at my desk staring at a pile of paperwork, I daydream about what it would be like to be a military aviator. When I snap back to reality, however, I remember I have one of the greatest jobs in the United States Air Force. Rather than executing an on-target

Aug. 22, 2008

The importance of reporting sexual assaults

If you or someone you know is a victim of a sexual assault, promptly report the incident. There are two options, restricted and unrestricted reporting.   At a minimum, report the incident under restricted reporting.  Restricted reporting will allow for the collection and preservation of evidence and also enable confidential counseling for the

July 10, 2008

On that day ... a reminder of why the national anthem plays

It was a hot Tuesday afternoon. I was leaving Bldg. 402 after updating my base vehicle sticker. As I walked toward the double-glass doors leading to the parking lot, I encountered a small group of people standing just inside the door -- two Airmen, a civilian employee and one captain. As I reached for the door, the captain said, "You don't want to