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  • 'Show me the old-school intramurals'

    I've learned one thing playing and covering military sports - Airmen play for the love of the game.The more specific reasons why they play intramurals are as varied as the folks who play them. For many, intramural sports are a necessary outlet for healthy competition and camaraderie, not to mention stress relief.While the movie character "Jerry
  • People First, Mission Always, Safety Forever

    To all Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency Airmen:I want to take this opportunity to tell all of you how honored I am to serve as your commander. Laura and I are delighted to be here. Thank you for welcoming us with open arms. I am excited about our future. I know there are plenty of challenges out there, yet there are
  • Admiring 'The Admiral's' core values

    With all the local hoopla these days surrounding the San Antonio Spurs "Drive for Five," as in their fifth National Basketball Association championship, I thought the time was right to resurrect an opinion I penned back in 2005 about the team's iconic big man David Robinson.For the record, I am NOT a Spurs fan, apologist or shill. My favorite pro
  • If you text, drive - we're lucky to be alive

    They can't go anywhere without doing it. Their daily routine revolves around doing it. They'd rather be doing it than most anything else. They can't live without doing it. They're texters...I call them addicts. I have a real problem with their "addiction" when they attempt to drive. Notice I said attempt, because no one can safely operate a motor
  • From Risk to Resiliency

    "I don't know what to do any more ... I'm in so much pain." Those were the tearful words I heard just after my office door closed. What followed was a story of seeing a friend die. Then, there was the sorrow, anger and other elements which accompany grief. The person in pain was an Airman assigned to a unit within the 497th Intelligence,
  • There IS an I in team

    Contrary to popular belief or conventional wisdom or even the cliché, there IS an I in team. The I is you, the I is me. The I represents all the "I"ndividuals who make up a team. And nowhere is that more meaningful than in the United States military. Our Armed Forces is a microcosm of Americans - individuals drawn from across our great land who
  • Through Airmen's Eyes: The Journey back to normal

    Between August 2009 and March 2010, I lost myself during my deployment to Afghanistan. I remember coming off the airplane and seeing my family and knowing that my world would never be the same again. It took me more than a year to put my life back together. My family and coworkers greeted me coming out of the secure area of the airport and as I
  • My job is prosecuting sexual assault

    Here's a simple truth...sexual offenders reject our core values of integrity, service and excellence, in favor of following their own base, undisciplined, criminal desires. Most sexual assaults committed by Airmen are "blue on blue," or Airmen victimizing other Airmen. So in addition to rejecting our core values, these undisciplined Airmen reject
  • Wingmen Enable Airman's Incredible Recovery

    Resiliency, wingman, core values -- these are terms we use every day to describe and define us as Airmen. Every day I come to work and see examples of Airmen who are resilient, Airmen who take care of their fellow Airmen, Airmen who live and operate by our core values. On Sept. 19, 2011, four Airmen from the 543rd Intelligence, Reconnaissance and
  • Backyard gardening, learned the hard way

    Question: How many people does it take to plant a backyard bougainvillea? Answer: Fifteen firefighters, two Emergency Medical Services technicians, four fire trucks, one ambulance, one gas company emergency response vehicle, and a gas company employee!But only if you're like me and fail to plan accordingly by contacting the right people when
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