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March 17, 2015

Get up and get moving on those tasks

Do you freeze up when your household goods delivery truck unloads those hundreds of boxes? Do you not know where to start when you look at the stacks of paperwork on your desk, tasks to complete or which email to respond to first? Well, you're not alone. We're wired as humans to stop and think about how we're going to start and complete a task, but

March 10, 2015

Seven Expectations of Every Airman

I love my Airmen. They are capable warriors ready to sacrifice everything so that our nation thrives in a world ready to implode. They are committed to the team and to improving the world from the inside out, one challenge at a time. My team shares seven expectations that are the touchstone of our commitment to each other and our nation. We share a

Dec. 16, 2014

Asking for help is courageous

In the 1990's it was not uncommon for an Airman to hear the phrase "Suck it up!" It was also rare to find the supervisor who would encourage Airmen to seek help to work through mental health concerns. It seemed the Senior Noncommissioned Officers were worried more about maintaining the appearance of a strong and ready force. Unbeknownst to them,

Dec. 1, 2014

Reserve provides opportunities for separating Airmen

Are you separating from active duty and concerned about what will happen after you separate? Are you aware of the opportunities and benefits available in the Air Force Reserve and how you can apply them to your situation?As a recruiter for the Air Force Reserve Command Recruiting Service for the past 13 years it has been an honor and a privilege to

Nov. 19, 2014

Make smart, responsible choices

When I was a child, my grandfather picked me up from school every day and would always ask me the same thing, "What did you learn today?" and no matter what my responsewas to his question, it would always trigger the same comeback from him, "Think, think, think!"It would anger me every day, not clearly understanding what he meant, but that speech

Nov. 14, 2014

Get to know your people

When it comes to recognizing someone for a job well done, we often go straight to putting them in for some form of a monthly, quarterly or even annual award.Regardless if we are wearing the airman battle uniform or come into work wearing khakis and a collared shirt, being recognized for a job well done, by human nature, makes us feel good and keeps

Nov. 12, 2014

Professional growth through service

Retired Lt. Gen. Randall M. Schmidt, former 12th Air Force commander, once told me, "Your rank and position in the Air Force entitles you to nothing." He went on to say; "No one should be asking what they can do for the boss. The boss should be asking - what can I do for you."His inspirational leadership left an indelible mark on my character. I

Nov. 10, 2014

Veterans Day: Service, professionalism, sense of duty

As Strikers we have a proud heritage, one that each of you are a part of through your service. You carry on the great responsibility that Strategic Air Command dutifully accepted more than half a century ago: stand as a force to deter America's enemies and assure America's allies, exhibiting our strength through peace.SAC stood watch over the

Oct. 27, 2014

National Red Ribbon Week

The National Red Ribbon Week Campaign will run from Oct. 27 to 31. Love Yourself - Be Drug Free! is the campaign's national theme this year, and offers Airmen the unique opportunity to reinforce the Say No to Drugs message.The event began in 1985 when drug traffickers in Mexico City murdered Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, a drug enforcement agent, who

Oct. 17, 2014

Third of domestic violence victims in active-duty military families are men

Army Special Forces Sgt. Casey Gray clearly recalls the day when his fiancée turned violent.Gray was severely injured in a helicopter crash in early 2011, and was recuperating at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. He was in a wheelchair, with his arm in a sling and his head covered in bandages.The couple was at a nearby hotel where she was