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June 19, 2008

Endurance: Key to career success

I have a confession to make. I've never been much of an endurance athlete. Don't get me wrong, I'm not adverse to pain, and I have great admiration for marathon runners. I played sports that involved short bursts of speed and energy, like wrestling and soccer in high school and college. I didn't mind the training and preparation either, I always

June 18, 2008

Taking a deeper look at PHAs, PDHAs, PDHRAs

PHAs, PDHAs and PDHRAs are all components of the Department of Defense's program for continuously evaluating the health and wellbeing of active-duty members. These are some of the most important things the military health system does, and they have never been more important than they are in this time of on-going combat operations. Periodic Health

Sept. 19, 2007

FPCON DELTA: Are you really ready?

What would you do if the base got locked down? Does your family know what to do? How would you react if on-base during a major incident? How will you contact your family if a man-made, natural disaster or terrorist attack strikes? These are critical questions that every Airman, retiree, contractor, civil servant and family member must ask

Aug. 30, 2007

Never let the guidon hit the ground

The responsibility we place on our Air Force leaders is enormous; we ask them to make decisions affecting their sections, flights, squadrons or even higher on a daily basis. We charge them with running daily operations, formulating and executing operational plans, building safety programs, planning annual budgets to use the American taxpayer's

Aug. 13, 2007

Outstanding or out-processing?

"Outstanding" or "out-processing" is the road to our military's success. In the day of our Air Force getting small, we must all reach deep down and be outstanding in performance as well as character and fitness. I'm unaware of anyone who wakes up in the morning looks in the mirror and says, "I think I'll be average today, mediocre is good enough."

Aug. 13, 2007

Top 10 ways to stay out of jail – revisited

Five years ago as an Area Defense Counsel, I wrote an article that shared my observations of what I had seen during my first six months on the job, and gave tips on how Airmen could stay out of trouble. Today, I'm revisiting that article as the new Senior Defense Counsel supervising the ADC offices at Barksdale, Little Rock AFB, Ark., and Keesler

July 27, 2007

Building and maintaining successful bridges

Building and maintaining relationships can be like building and maintaining bridges in some ways. We design bridges to allow for the crossing of obstacles. Traditionally, these obstacles may be rivers, valleys, or lakes. Today, the obstacles in front of us are separation due to distance and time, cultural differences, and shortages of labor and

July 20, 2007

In his own words: Colonel Charchian says ‘Farewell”

It has truly been a great honor and a privilege to serve as the Commander of the 2d Bomb Wing. I have enjoyed every moment of my tour at Barksdale. My time as your wing commander has been the most challenging and most rewarding tour of my career. As I often remark, I go to work every morning with a smile on my face and I come home every evening

July 9, 2007

Dinings out: What are they about?

My squadron recently held its own formal dinner and it was a lot of work. Protocol requirements, scripts, arranging everything from the venue to the menu, not to mention reserving Barksdale's fine Honor Guard, proved to be an exhausting list of tasks to accomplish in time. Through the efforts of a few, over 100 squadron members (most in their first

May 29, 2007

Memorial Day begins 101 Days of Safety campaign: Airmen reminded of holiday safety

Let me ask you a question: what is the most hazardous thing you do during the day? There's no shortage of risks and hazards that we as Airmen deal with on duty. Many of our missions in defense of this great nation involve personal risk. Airmen from the Explosives Ordnance Disposal flight in the 2d Civil Engineer Squadron face the dangers of