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  • 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 are handled so professionally both here at
  • 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 straight launches in a row without a failure.
  • 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 spending that day not with friends and family, but
  • 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 stopped every vehicle leaving the base. The wing
  • 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 get out and about both here and at the Cape - and 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 focus, enhance our skills, and increase 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 another reminder of the tremendous support the Space
  • Medicine requires ‘excellence in all we do’

    As the commander of the 45th Medical Support Squadron I have to say the men and women in my squadron demonstrate excellence in all they do. They strive not to maintain the status quo but to be the best in the Air Force by supporting customers in the Pharmacy, Radiology, Laboratory, Resource Management Office, TRICARE & Patient Administration,
  • Regarding the issue of housing…

    As my dad always says, "You have two ears and one mouth for a reason." Well, I have been doing a lot of listening over the past almost two weeks as I have visited many of you around the Cape and at Patrick.I am very serious about learning as much as I can from all of you, because I know that you are the subject-matter-experts. Not me. I appreciate
  • Doing the right things for the right reasons

    As many of you may recall, the core values are November's focus area for Air Force Space Command's Year of Leadership and it seems appropriate to place special emphasis on them during this time. Every aspect of our Air Force life is captured in our core values. Our core values are not just for the military or leaders, but apply to all of our Airmen