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  • What is Passover?

    The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan. (Begins sundown March 25 - April 2, 2013) It commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. And, by following the rituals of Passover, we have the ability to relive and experience the
  • Leadership: Start by caring for your people

    For years when I thought of leadership, the first thing that came to mind was that cluttered, situational leadership chart they show us in Professional Military Education. You know, the one with the inverted bell that tries to link participating, selling, delegating and telling how receptive the follower is to leadership. For example, using the
  • Airmen Focus: Innovation is always around the corner

    In keeping with the tradition of our CSAF, I feel it is important to tell the Air Force story. Our Airmen here at Team Patrick-Cape continue to make us successful every single day. If you haven't heard, the 45th Space Wing recently garnered the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for exceptionally meritorious achievement from 1 October 2010 to 30
  • OPSEC: It's not a job; it's a way of life

    One down, 14 to go!Let's take a moment to echo General Cotton's words last week and say "thanks" to all Team Patrick-Cape members for making the first of 15 launches in 2013 from the Eastern Range a resounding success.Our joint effort in support of NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellites was a great way to kick off the New Year. We look forward
  • The Essence of 'Followership'

    We've all heard that to be a great leader, we must be a great follower. So what qualities do all great followers have in common? They usually work in the middle of our organizations, want successful careers and have virtues that include restraint, modesty and tenacity. They are not out to change the world, just to do a good job. They know their
  • Keep Your Most Valued Relationships Strong

    If you are like me, Valentine's Day is always a stressful holiday. As children, we worry about whether our decorated bag receives as many cards as others. When lacking a significant romantic partner, the day serves as a painful reminder of that fact. When in a romantic relationship, we worry we will forget the day or make some other significant
  • 80/20 Rules

    Many of you are familiar with Pareto's Principle, or the 80/20 Rule. This principle can be applied universally to a number of different situations, but application relating to this article roughly translates to 80% of an organization's personnel challenges are generated by 20% of its people. In contrast, 80% of that same organization's people do
  • New Year...New You?

    The hectic holiday season has passed, and by now you're wondering what to do with all of your post-holiday free time. One option is to go back to your old and comfortable routines of 2012, or you can make it a personal challenge to better yourself this year by achieving new goals. Goals can range from increasing your PT, finishing your PME,
  • Homework for 2013: Learn 'Your' History

    History can be fun. There are many things to like about it. Learning history can provide powerful lessons from the past and lead to improvement. Being a student of history can also help one with writing papers, having interesting conversations at dinner parties, or winning the Daily Double on Jeopardy. Most often however, we are running so hard we
  • Inexcusable in our Air Force

    Earlier this month, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the Air Force Chief of Staff, sent a memo to all commanders and command chiefs deploring the number of sexual assaults. With the expected numbers to be in the neighborhood of 700 this year alone, he is demanding leaders to get personally involved to stem this tide.The sad reality is the real numbers are