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  • October is Depression Awareness Month

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, depression is not just having “the blues” or the emotions we feel when grieving the loss of a loved one. It is a true medical condition that is treatable, like diabetes or hypertension.    Someone who is depressed has feelings of sadness or anxiety that last for weeks at a time. He or
  • October is Domestic Violence Month

    Domestic violence, also known as Intimate Partner Violence, is a public health problem.    Intimate Partner Violence includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats of physical or sexual violence, stalking and emotional or psychological abuse by a current or former intimate partner. This type of violence can occur among heterosexual or
  • October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

    Oct. 3 is blue shirt day. Wear blue to show support for kindness and to celebrate empathy and respect for putting a stop to bullying. What is bullying?  Bullying is unwanted aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions
  • If it can happen to me … it can happen to you too

    “I’m on my way to D.C.,” said Gen. Jay Raymond, commander of Air Force Space Command. “I want you to come with me and spend a few days at the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill.” I was not only shocked by his offer but amazed by how quickly he acted on it.  And so there I was posing for a quick picture with Gen. Raymond on the tarmac at Peterson Air
  • Be prepared: Winter tornado season below normal, it only takes one

    The east central Florida 2016-2017 winter severe weather season is predicted to be well below normal in January transitioning to below normal as the season progresses through April. Fewer and weaker tornadoes than usual are expected but it only takes one, so be prepared.   A weak La Niña is present and is expected to slowly dissipate over the next
  • Assured access to Space: 25 years in the making

     The 45th Space Wing will celebrate another significant milestone in its rich and storied history of providing assured access to space when the wing turns 25 years young on Nov. 12, 2016.Although we’ve had an Air Force presence on the Space Coast since Oct. 1, 1949, and are known for our long-standing history of contributions toward moving
  • Essence of leadership … influence

    I had the opportunity to attend a Basic Military Training (BMT) graduation a couple of years ago, which was a memorable, personal and professional experience. It was personal because my oldest son was one of the graduates. It was professionally memorable because I was reminded of the commander’s responsibility to serve our Air Force’s newest
  • Hispanic Heritage Month: Embracing, Enriching, Enabling

    Each year, the Department of Defense observes and celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.   The observance month is designated to celebrate the cultures and heritages, and honor the invaluable contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America.  National
  • Emergency management: A behind the scenes look on the Eastern Range

    Last week, the 45th Space Wing’s Incident Management Team responded to the Falcon 9 Static Test Fire anomaly on Space Launch Complex 40. The explosion occurred Sept. 1 at approximately 9:07 a.m. as many of us were just returning from our morning meetings. Minutes later I got the call … it’s the call no one wants to hear, but one for which we
  • No mission without support; commander's call connects unit to the Cape

    The purpose of commander’s call is to bring together an entire unit to discuss important issues and recognize outstanding accomplishments. While I always aim to make these events educational, informative and enjoyable, I wanted to achieve these objectives in a new and exciting way this quarter.  To make this call to go down in the 45th Space Wing