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  • Why I would re-enlist in a heartbeat

    Recently, I read a letter to the editor in the Air Force Times entitled, "Why I Won't Re-enlist," by a former Air Force staff sergeant.As I read through his missive of woe, I found myself becoming silently incensed at his apparent negativity toward his voluntary military service. At first, I wanted to pound out a terse reply, scolding him for what
  • America's military at an ethical crossroads?

    As a retired Air Force NCO-turned-civilian public affairs practitioner, I'm disheartened every time I read a newspaper story calling attention to another military member exhibiting a lack of character.Here are a few of the most recent articles I've come across: General's accuser points to bullying, captain says she even received a death threat;
  • Changing culture through dignity and respect

    The world we live in today is highly complex and presents our Air Force with diverse and demanding challenges that together we can and will overcome. While we work through today's toughest issues, we cannot lose touch with the foundation of our decisions and that foundation is in our core values. Our underpinning principles serve as a guide
  • Warrior scouts march in Bataan anniversary event

    The month of March at Joint Base San Antonio means one thing for the Warrior Scouts of the 543d Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group: it's time to honor the fallen of World War II by making a trip to White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico to participate in the Bataan Death March. This is the fourth consecutive year that Airmen from
  • It's what's on the mailbox that counts

    A few years ago Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force #5 Bob Gaylor visited MacDill AFB, Fla., to speak at a Community College of the Air Force graduation. He told a story about one hot San Antonio summer day when he and his neighbor were working in their front yards. After a couple of hours in the sweltering Texas heat, the Chief turned to his
  • Is Back Yard Grilling Really High Risk?

    When I was a Lieutenant, a wise old fighter pilot told me that complacency is a killer. His comment was likely borne from the many tragedies that he had witnessed over the years, some spawned by inattention. My own recent near miss while performing a relatively mundane task could have met with disaster. The incident reminded me in stark terms that
  • AF ISR, cyber link for stronger Air Force operations

    The Internet, software, cell phones, communication technology, satellite transmissions and secure transactions impact virtually every aspect of our daily lives.Those capabilities, collectively, make up what we've come to call "cyberspace." Cyberspace has become so entrenched and so vital to U.S. interests that attacks on our cyber enterprise have
  • Resilient Airmen turn stress into success

    We are a resilient organization! We have experienced multiple transformations in the last 25 years, from several manpower reductions to budget highs and lows to the continuing issue of sequestration and this summer's furlough of our civilian personnel. Our professionals around the globe are struggling with the uncertainty of our future and the
  • Furloughed, frustrated and fortunate

    Now that the reality of my Sequestration-mandated furlough has come and gone, the extra days off gave me some time to assess my situation.Make no mistake, no amount of empathy by others can take the sting out of being ordered not to do your job without pay when you're perfectly able to do so. It's an unsavory business practice that leaves a sour
  • It's what we're fighting for

    Now that National Football League training camps are underway I hark back to the NFL season of 2001.Right after 9/11 there was a movement in this country to cancel sporting events, particularly NFL games, to protect Americans from terrorism, because Uncle Sam is involved in an armed conflict.I said it then and I'll say it now - Game On!That's what
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