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  • Message from AF leaders: ‘Have a life away from work’

    1. Work 12-plus hours a day. 2. Keep your nose to the grindstone. 3. Don't make a mistake. 4. Focus on your job 24/7. 5. If you find some "free time," use it to work on that advanced college degree. 6. If you find some more "free time," get that PME done by correspondence, even if you were selected to attend.7. Your Air Force career depends on
  • The spirit of innovation, empowerment

    Sharks, we are truly fortunate to be in today's Air Force. Not only are we the most knowledgeable, capable and efficient Air Force we have ever been; each of us is empowered to take control of, and carve out our future. Through the Innovate Now! Program, Team Patrick-Cape Airmen are bringing tomorrow's processes, capabilities, and technologies out
  • Guidance, priorities from the new AFSPC Commander

    Last week, I had the distinct honor and privilege to attend the Air Force Space Command Commander's Conference and Change of Command Ceremony where I witnessed General John E. Hyten become the 16th commander of AFSPC, replacing General William L. Shelton.In addition to the change-of-command ceremony, we were able to spend time with General Hyten,
  • Recent increase in shark activity

    Last week an 8-year old boy was bitten by a shark at Tables Beach while boogie boarding near the Tides Collocated Club. Over the weekend, a 10-year old girl suffered a shark bite in Cocoa Beach, and just south of the base at Paradise Beach, several sharks were seen swimming in shallow water. So far this year, there have been five reported bites and
  • Delegation done right

    We've all been there...Your boss just sent you an email or called you about another "HOT" task that's due by the end of the day. You're already swamped with other work, so you decide it's time to delegate. You think to yourself, I could give the task to 1st Lt. Newbie or Mr. Klueless, but they're both new to the unit...I'd have to spend at least 30
  • I am the Air Force

    I recently read a letter in the editorial section of the Air Force Times from an individual who didn't plan to reenlist. He listed multiple reasons for making his decision. Shortly after, I read a response to that letter from the AFTAC Public Affairs officer on why she would reenlist in a heartbeat. Both letters got me thinking about my own career
  • Senior leader visits; summer safety reminders

    Let me begin by saying what an honor it was for the Sharks of the 45th Space Wing to host Lt. Gen. John W. Raymond, and his wife, Mollie earlier this week.Gen. Raymond serves as the commander of the 14th Air Force, (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; and also as the commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S.
  • Setting the tone

    Across the Air Force, I have recently noticed that "making do" with less, is quickly becoming the norm. With more cuts projected in coming years, we need to prepare to increase dependability and accountability now.This dependability will be based on what leadership sets as the standard and, in turn, how first-line supervisors not only meet, but
  • Think - Be - Do!

    Provoke thoughtful solutions toward your organizational challenges. "Don't be trapped by dogma-which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition." -Steve Jobs Make the effort to convey innovative
  • Teamwork: Essential element of mission success

    Our nation is preparing to field an impressive array of space capabilities in the next several months.These capabilities include a capsule to restore our ability to send Americans into space, secure communications systems that support global operations, navigation satellites that enhance combat power while simultaneously enabling countless