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  • From the Top: Watching TS Debby; Safely Celebrating the 4th of July!

    Once again, this column is going to print just before we launch the United Launch Alliance-built Delta IV Heavy rocket, scheduled to launch June 28th from Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, carrying a classified National Reconnaissance Office satellite. However, as I type, I'm looking

  • Minimal Essential Effort

    I like to think I've made a pretty good living at figuring the minimum to get by, and while I'm no authority on leadership, I'll share my take on a few textbook principles anyway.Rule 1 - When the heat's on you, it ain't on me: I have a technique to preempt "help" from my bosses. I pay attention to

  • From the Top: Launches and Promotions - Not a Bad Week!

    I am writing this just prior to Wednesday morning's expected launch of an Atlas V for theNational Reconnaissance Office from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.Originally scheduled for launch Monday morning, the team identified an issue with an environmental control system duct

  • From the top: Thanks to junior enlisted: Let's be safe out there

    This isn't the way we had hoped to begin the summer months. In the first 13 days of the Critical Days of Summer, five Airmen have died in accidents.All five were between the ages of 22 and 27-years-old. All were junior enlisted Airmen, and four of the deaths were highway related deaths-excess speed

  • The bottom line: 'Use it or Lose it'

    When Joni Mitchell wistfully sang " don't know what you've got 'til it's gone" in 1970, she probably wasn't talking about our base theater. And when the hair-metal band Cinderella used that line as the title of their 1988 power ballad, they probably weren't talking about surfboard rentals at

  • Don't be 'That Commander' -- EOY Prep is your business

    So, there you are sitting in the Resource Management Board in September and Brig. Gen. Cotton allocates $250,000 to your unit for one of your unfunded requirements.But, you remember that you did not submit the purchase request package to Contracting by the cutoff date.Your palms start to sweat and

  • A Farewell Message from the Vice

    It's hard to believe a year has come and gone since I joined TeamPatrick last summer. But, what a year it has been!We helped to close out the 30-year history of the Space Shuttle program with the final mission for Shuttle Atlantis, and to usher in a new era for NASA with the first-ever all

  • Military Spouses Serve With Us

         Before I discuss this week's topic, I want to once again congratulate the entire AEHF-2 team for the successful launch last Friday. This includes a vast amount of people; from those sitting on console at the Cape to those supporting from Patrick AFB as well. The launch couldn't happen without

  • Lead Through the Changing Times

    Change is occurring all around us. Our senior Air Force leaders are facing momentous decisions affecting budgets and manning. These decisions bring change thatwe should be quick to embrace. Some of our Airmen have been directly impacted by recent changes to high-year tenure policies, Force Shaping,

  • Reaching your goals

         How are your New Year's resolutions doing? Did you set goals for yourself? A funny question for the end of March? Maybe. Or maybe it is a great time to check your progress to ensure you are happy with your progress before 2012 slips away.     Maybe your goal is to lose some weight? To keep all