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May 23, 2013

Remember our legacy

During the last weekend of May we honor the men and women who have died while serving in the United States military. It is a day of reflection for all Americans, but Memorial Day holds a special place in the hearts of veterans, those currently serving in the military, and their families. Each generation's legacy of achievement, courage and

May 23, 2013

A new tomorrow

What will tomorrow look like for the Air Force? What will it look like for Barksdale Air Force Base? What will it look like for your squadron? Only one thing is certain: Tomorrow will look different than today. How can we prepare for a different tomorrow if our thoughts and paradigms are stuck in the past?With sequestration forcing us to think

May 16, 2013

Surviving the Crisis

You have cancer. Feb. 26, 2008, I heard those dreaded words. After a few months of feeling run down, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. With that diagnosis came the expected whirlwind of thoughts: Will I survive? What about my family? Is my career over? Will I ever fly again? What exactly is a thyroid?The next few months were a blur--part due to

May 13, 2013

Have courage, speak up

Recently I saw a commercial depicting what appears to be a typical business meeting. An older man, clearly the boss, says something along the lines of "So, we're all agreed--it's a good idea?" To which an employee responds "I think it's a stupid idea." In the next scene, the employee who gave his opinion is out on the street with a box of personal

April 3, 2013

The B-52: Deterrence throughout history

Sequestration and budgetary constraints have certainly made for some challenging times. In days like these, it is always important to look ahead and find better ways of "doing the business of warfare." As a student of military history, I think it is equally important to keep an on eye on the past because our past serves to shape our decisions and

March 27, 2013

April raises awareness of domestic violence, child abuse

Child abuse and domestic violence are connected in a number of critical ways that have severe consequences for the safety of children. But with effective intercession and corresponding reactions to child abuse and domestic violence, Domestic Violence advocates, child protective workers, judges, school personnel and community members can help keep

March 27, 2013

Cleaning with Fire Prevention

Spring is the time when we go outside and start playing sports and pulling out the grill for barbecues. It's also the time of the year when we clean house and clear the bugs and trash built up during the winter. While spring is a time for us to go outside and have fun there are some spring cleaning tips the Barksdale Fire Prevention office would

March 27, 2013

Unpacking Your Life

Part of military life is boxing up your life every few years and moving to a new place. Once there, you try to strike a balance between carrying on with your life and starting from scratch. When the moving company descends upon your house every item in your home is suddenly labeled with a stamp-sized sticker found underneath the table, inside the

March 20, 2013

Training: Key to overcoming unfinished business

It was a cool winter's morning in San Antonio. A light drizzle had covered the top of my military training instructor's campaign hat and had begun to create a steady drip directly in front of my eye-line. As I stood at the edge of the drill pad watching a young staff sergeant perform his final evaluation before becoming a certified MTI, I was

March 19, 2013

Barksdale’s Cyber Readiness Confirmed

Upon completion of last week's rigorous Command Cyber Readiness Inspection, the Defense Information Systems Agency inspection team validated Barksdale's classified and unclassified networks as "Outstanding"--the highest rating available on DISA's tiered grading scale. This rating was the result of many months of hard work across the installation