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Oct. 17, 2014

Legacy of Valor

I have a challenge for you. I challenge you to name five Airmen who contributed to our Air Force's legacy of valor. I know you can name at least five different types of military aircraft. I'm fully confident you can name the majority of aircraft currently being flown today. However, I doubt you can name five Airmen who demonstrated valor and tell

Oct. 17, 2014

Lessons in Leadership

We all learn leadership lessons from everyone we come into contact with. Some of the lessons are what we want to do or emulate; some lessons are what not to do.Several years ago, I started a document which sits on my computer desktop, and it contains some of the most impactful lessons I've encountered. It is filled with mostly one-liners about

Oct. 17, 2014

Innovation at the Flight Level

Do you hold the key to the next major advance in airpower? I certainly hope so. But, it's okay with me if you start a little smaller on the innovation scale.One of the key traits of a true Airman is a spirit and passion for innovation. Even though our Air Force has been a distinct service for 67 years, that creative spirit has existed since the

Aug. 7, 2014

Aug. 7 marks five years of deterring, assuring

In a 2009 speech in Prague, President Barack Obama stated as long as nuclear weapons exist, "the United States will maintain a safe, secure and effective arsenal to deter any adversary, and guarantee that defense to our allies." This is what Air Force Global Strike Command does, and has successfully carried out since 2009.Upon stand up, this

April 16, 2014

Child abuse prevention: It only takes a minute

Child safety and well-being is everyone's responsibility, but many times passers-by, friends, community members and even parents are reluctant to speak up. Talking to people about parenting or reporting potential child abuse or neglect can feel uncomfortable. Many people think it's none of their business or that if something is truly wrong someone

April 2, 2014

We got the Power

I arrived at Barksdale for the second time about a year ago; this time with Air Force Global Strike Command working in the communications directorate. I departed in July of 2007 for more than five years away from my family, which has been by far the most difficult situation I have had to face up to this point. My wife and I decided the best

April 2, 2014

Self-improvement: Preparing for your future

With a continuously decreasing military population, self-improvement is more important than ever before. Whether an Airman is planning on a full Air Force career, facing involuntary separation, or is voluntarily separating, being well rounded is crucial for future career success. As a new Airman, completing your career development courses should be

April 2, 2014

So what’s the big deal with integrity anyway?

If you have been in the Air Force for any length of time, you probably know the Air Force Core Values: Integrity first, Service before self and Excellence in all we do. But why integrity first? Why is integrity so important? Integrity is so essential because everything else depends upon it. Individual integrity is the foundation of noble character.

March 14, 2014

TRICARE For Life: Pharmacy program to start

After March 14, a TRICARE pilot program will require certain TRICARE For Life beneficiaries to use TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or a military pharmacy to fill prescriptions for select maintenance medications. This pilot was a provision of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act in an effort to help control rising healthcare costs.Certain TFL

Feb. 5, 2014

African American history month Feb 2014

Barksdale initiated National African American History Month's activities Feb. 3 with a proclamation signed by Col. Andrew J. Gebara, 2nd Bomb Wing commander. The proclamation states for everyone to celebrate the contributions African Americans have made in American history. But why is commemorating African American history important?It all began in