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  • New mission statement: simple, to the point

    "The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win ... in air, in space and cyberspace." Our new mission statement, announced by Acting Secretary of the Air Force, Michael Donley and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Norton Schwartz is simple. To the Point. Spot on.We were also reminded that as we do the mission of the Air
  • Discipline is NCO Business

    This month, as part of the Air Force Space Command "Year of Leadership", we've been focusing on "Back to Basics and Heritage". Starting in October we'll turn our focus to another core competency of leadership...Discipline. In the Merriam-Webster dictionary, discipline is defined in three ways: Punishment, Instruction, and Self Control. The root
  • Let’s all help the ‘big boss’

    Gen. Norton Schwartz was recently confirmed as our new Air Force Chief of Staff. Can you imagine the pressure he must feel taking over on the heels of the unprecedented firing of our previous Secretary and Chief of Staff? Needless to say, the road ahead will not be easy as General Schwartz tries to lead us in regaining the trust of the nation and
  • 9/11: We remember and we've answered the call

    My belief is that everyone reading this can remember exactly where they were, exactly what they were doing and exactly how they felt when they got the word - and saw the horrific images we can still see in our minds of what happened Sept. 11, 2001.It is hard to believe that seven years have passed since that terrible morning in New York City,
  • Thanks to all who kept us going

    My nearly two months as the commander of the 45th Mission Support Group have been very exciting and, simply put, I'm amazed at our Mission Support Group's level of preparedness and professionalism. Let me share just a few of my observations and why I feel this way.Being hurricane season, we first geared up and prepared for Tropical Storm Fay, which
  • Year of Leadership: Back to Basics

    A few weeks ago, General C. Robert Kehler, commanding general, Air Force Space Command, announced the AFSPC "Year of Leadership" directive. In that memorandum, he announced the Air Force would adapt a monthly focus area and also wrote "I expect leaders at all levels to accept responsibility, take ownership, enforce standards and demand
  • Many methods of stress management

    As a result of conflicting demands at home and work, in combination with high cost of living and gasoline prices, the stress level experienced by today's Airmen is at an all time high.Supervisors are advised to watch their subordinates for signs of stress, but what exactly is "stress"? Researchers define "stress" as a physical, mental, or emotional
  • Tropical Storm Fay and 101 Critical Days

    Thank you! You have all proven to me - once again - that all the training, hard work and exercises we do to prepare for Mother Nature's fury are well worth the effort.From the very beginning, when we got the first forecast of where Tropical Storm Fay could be headed, you all pulled together, made the plans, took precautions, got the word out and
  • LEAD from the front: earn your commission

    One of the real highlights of my career came right at the beginning, when I was first accepted into - and then graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy. It was anything but easy - almost nothing beneficial is - but it was well worth the hard work and effort. And now some of you can experience it too. In 1995, former Air Force Chief of Staff Gen.
  • Lessons from the mirror

    Only my wife and mother call me "handsome," and they're looking through the eyes of love. But I'm OK with it... really. I know what's in my heart, and my looks aren't some weird reflection of a twisted soul. I certainly didn't lie in bed as a child and pray, "Lord, can I please stay painfully skinny?Prematurely bald would be nice too. Pale could
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