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  • Being prepared makes all the difference

    First off, let me just say "kudos" to everyone who made last week's Hurricane Exercise - "Ocean Breeze 08" - such a success. As Tropical Storm Edouard shows, we are in the middle of hurricane season. These exercises help us better deal with what nature throws us and allow us to be ready at a moment's notice.It is great that we have such a
  • First, understand the problem

    Over the years, the nature of our launch responsibilities in the 45th Space Wing has transformed. In the past, government personnel actually processed and launched missions. Now, we oversee contractors performing these functions. When problems arise, we look to the contractor base to solve them. However, the contractors may not always know when a
  • Earning a degree benefits you, Air Force

    Last week, I talked with you about the vital importance of a sound and lasting physical fitness program.Today, I want to talk to you about the importance of exercising something else, your brain.One of your most valuable benefits is the unbelievable education package all Airmen receive.Through the Air Force Tuition Assistance Program, all Airmen
  • These times they are a' changin'

    "Change" is defined by Webster's Dictionary as "to cause to become different; alter; transform; convert," all of which strike anxiety into the normal person, certainly in me. There are often times when we all desire that steady constant lifestyle that provides a sense of comfort in knowing what is around the next corner of life. In a couple of
  • PT: Make it a part of your routine

    Sound physical fitness is an essential part of our readiness as Airmen. Today's Air Force is expeditionary. We are on the move and often in harms way. In the words of Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Rodney McKinley, "Airmen must constantly hone their physical abilities to withstand and overcome the demanding rigors of deployment and
  • Welcoming the challenge of high standards

    A quote by Shepard Kurnit, a highly successful 20th century advertising executive, reminded me of the renewed emphasis on standards in the Air Force and Air Force Space Command. He stated, "I'd push people back to their typewriters and drawing tables, telling them: 'You can do better; you have to do better.' And they'd do better. Good people
  • It's not easy being 'the new kid on the block'

    As we say a most fond farewell to our Mission Support Group Commander Col. Mark Bontrager, it is a visible reminder that we in the military are always in motion, moving in and out of new responsibilities in new places. We all know that it's not always easy being "the new kid on the block."So with all the comings and goings that each summer PCS
  • Farewell to the 45th Space Wing

    To the men and women of the Patrick AFB and Cape Canaveral AFS communities, thank you for making the last two years in command of the 45th Mission Support Group so absolutely awesome! It's no wonder that the 45th Space Wing is the #1 Spacelift Wing in the world. As I top off this command tour and a career of 21 years, I am continually amazed at the
  • Protecting our most valuable resource

    Well, we are half way through our "101 Critical Days of Summer" and I am pleased to say we have improved over our safety numbers from one year ago. That tells me you are taking care of yourselves and your fellow Airmen.To ensure we continue this positive trend throughout the remainder of the summer, I encourage you to evaluate your behavior and be
  • Know when to take the opportunity to be a leader

    I am so proud of the Air Force. When the time comes to use their skills, Airmen are ready. When it comes to being leaders, Airmen are ready. This kind of readiness comes from taking advantage of opportunities to gain experience. Into each Airman's life come opportunities - some exciting, some not so much.Each opportunity represents a chance to gain