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  • 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
  • You're busy, I'm busy, We're all busy. I get it!

    Working at the 45th Space Wing is not for the faint of heart, or for those who prefer to "sit on the sidelines" and watch. If you work here, you are "in the game."Right now, we are in the middle of taking on four launch missions in a little less than a month's time, a truly busy time here at the 45th Space Wing. You're busy. I'm busy. We're all
  • No-nonsense

    No-Nonsense: It's the desired outcome to every course of action toward change. However, in a programmed environment, where additional steps and self-inflicted pain are the norm, how can we attain this result? Our actions should add value and contribute positively to the mission otherwise we end up spinning a broken wheel, according to Lt. Col.
  • What is courage in today’s Air Force?

    "One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest." --Maya AngelouThere are examples of courage all around us. It takes courage to say goodbye to your family when you deploy. It takes courage to stand
  • What kind of legacy will you leave behind? A challenge to the newest members of ‘Team Patrick-Cape’

    First, let me give a huge CONGRATS to everyone associated with the successful launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 40 here at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station last Monday morning.It was another fantastic performance by a varied, most talented group of professionals. As you know, we won't have much time to rest on our laurels, as
  • Bold leadership

    When you hear that someone is a bold leader does it conjure images of big, charismatic, larger-than-life personalities? Or, do you think of someone who is driven, a visionary, or having a take-no-prisoners approach to accomplishing goals? We think we are just average Joes trying to make a living and if we're lucky, we'll make a small, positive
  • Change + Innovation = 100% mission success

    Whether we notice it or not, change happens around us every day. Change can be anything ranging from those PCSing in your work center, to promotions or even menu items at The Alley. It is everywhere and we as a culture embrace it, which is what makes us the greatest and most agile Air Force in the world! At the beginning of the year I challenged
  • AFSPC commander sends Independence Day greeting

    Air Force Space Command Team,This 4th of July marks the 238th anniversary of our Nation's independence. As you spend the holiday with family and friends, I ask you to take time to reflect on the individual liberties for which the brave men and women of our great Nation fought and died--life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I also encourage