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  • An Airman's view of the Air Warfare Symposium

    When the subject of the Air Warfare Symposium came up at our weekly staff meeting a few weeks ago, I didn't think much of it. That is, until my supervisor said "David, why don't you go to this?"So last Thursday morning I found myself on a bus in full dress blues with 45 other members of the 45th

  • Sunday's lesson, 67 years later

    "Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory, and our interests are in grave danger."Sounds familiar doesn't it? Like it could be said today?Well, these words were spoken 67 years ago last Monday by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, one day after the Japanese

  • Mentoring matters to many (Air)men

    Has a mentor made a difference in your life? As a mid-level captain stationed at Cape Canaveral in 1998, I considered separating from the United States Air Force. My job wasn't bad but I lacked focus. I didn't view my role in the Air Force as significant and I had little sense of being a part of

  • Training necessary, crucial to success and safety

    Before I got the opportunity to command here, one of the things I already knew was how well our people respond in the face of adversity.Well, after seeing how well all units, agencies and offices responded to the well-designed, weeklong Anti-Terrorism exercise, it's easy to see why real-world events

  • One success in a row is still a success...

    "The one true meaningful measure of merit in the launch vehicle business is completing one launch in a row successfully." -- Mike Spence, sage launch veteran.Many in our business get caught up in the incredible string of successes we've had over the past eight years in the launch business - over 60

  • Give thanks for all the bountiful gifts you have

    Most of us will be celebrating Thanksgiving Thursday with our friends and families, enjoying each other's company as we take a break from the hustle and bustle of life. There are, however, many members of the 45th Space Wing and our mission partners - especially the 920th Rescue Wing - who will be

  • A trait every leader should exhibit

    I had the opportunity to attend the Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy graduation last week. Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Rodney McKinley was the guest speaker. He told a story about an Eielson Air Force Base wing commander and command chief who stood at the main gate on a cold evening and

  • Shuttle launch; not a bad way to start

    While millions of people around the world watched the spectacular night launch of the Shuttle last Friday night, I had a birds-eye view of many of the behind-the-scenes tasks that were flawlessly carried out at the Morrell Operations Center by accomplished experts of the 45th Space Wing.The more I

  • Reflections on leadership

    Recently, Gen. C. Robert Kehler, Commander of Air Force Space Command, challenged leaders at every level to accept responsibility, take ownership, enforce standards, and demand accountability. Under the banner, "Year of Leadership," we will emphasize leadership attributes and traits, improve our

  • Thank vets every chance you get

    On Veterans Day, I had the honor of representing the 45th Space Wing by attending the 26th consecutive "Massing of the Colors" Veterans Day ceremony held at Brevard Community College in Cocoa.To say it was an uplifting, emotional, and inspirational experience would be an understatement.It is yet