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  • A sexual assault survivor's view: The end

    Editor's note: This is the final of an eight-part series about sexual assault awareness.I have looked into my rapist's eyes. I had tried to imagine what it would be like to actually see my rapist again. I knew I would have to see him at the Article 32 hearing. I would have to see him and identify him as the man who raped me. While trying to imagine
  • Words to lead by

    There is some debate over what is officially the longest word in the English language. For the purpose of this commentary, let's use: Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis; a medical term defined as a lung disease caused by inhaling fine ash or sand dust. The word is a 45-character, 19-syllable term, and undoubtedly has meaning and purpose
  • Innovate Now: 6-month project status

    Action: June is action month; which means it is the midpoint to evaluate progress such as how ideas are submitted, processed, followed-up on and implemented.It has been a busy six months. The Innovate Now project team successfully kicked off the project in January, bringing a process online within 30 days by which Team Patrick-Cape members could
  • A sexual assault survivor's view: Unrestricted; not easy, but worth it to me

    Editor's note: This is part seven of an eight-part series about sexual assault awareness.In part six of my series, I said, "one person speaking up can make a difference." Under the restricted reporting option, I was not able to speak up as disclosing I had been assaulted would mean losing the confidentiality of the restricted report. So to be that
  • What does the LRS do?

    I've been asked numerous times, what my squadron does...so I figured I'd use my five minutes of fame to explain how my squadron supports you. The mission of the 45th Logistics Readiness Squadron is to execute expeditionary operations for the 45th Space Wing and its mission partners by providing launch and range customers with full spectrum
  • LGBT: Take 'Pride'

    Earlier this month, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation declaring June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender month.The proclamation notes the progress across the nation toward marriage equality and the steps taken toward protections for transgender Americans. The Department of Defense and the Office of Diversity Management have added
  • This is where you come in; it’s time to speak up

    I recently saw an article on the Air Force web page that particularly grabbed my attention. Entitled "Airmen can change how the Air Force does business," the article went into great detail about a relatively new program and idea that I have foot stomped for a long, long time around here.As you know, along with (1) 100 percent mission success, and
  • Good to be back! – Let’s be ‘Summer Smart’

    Hello Team-Patrick Cape! It's good to be back from attending a joint professional military education program, designed for 1-star generals and admirals from all service components, which is known as CAPSTONE.While it was a great learning experience, it feels good to be back home where I get the chance to work with and command the greatest space
  • Lessons of command

    As I near the end of my two years as commander of the 45th Launch Support Squadron, I take more and more time to reflect on the experience. I underestimated just how much I would learn while in the seat. In fact, it's possible I've learned more in the past two years than I have over the other 16 years of my career. While there is no way I can
  • Ethical rules for gift giving among government personnel

    Permanent change of station season is approaching and offices may ask for donations for going-away gifts for government employees and military members. Despite the desire to be gratuitous, you should be mindful that there are ethical rules and guidelines that must be followed when asking for donations in an office that has at least one subordinate.
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