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  • Be a smart agent of change

    During a recent Air Staff Call, former Secretary of the Air Force Michael Wynne urged the crowd to be "agents of change." Specifically he challenged action officers, senior NCOs and mid-grade civilians to pass on their strategic perspective when they leave Headquarters for new bases and wings. He noted those of us at wing level often don't fully
  • MAC honors junior troops at Tides

    In today's Air Force, we are living in a "do more with less" environment and that is unlikely to change anytime in the near future. We demand much from our people and don't always take the opportunity to express our gratitude and appreciation to our enlisted professionals. That's why events such as last Friday's Junior Enlisted Picnic are so
  • In Times of Change, Some Things Remain Constant

    As you are well aware, both the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force recently resigned their positions amidst the controversy surrounding the shipment of sensitive missile components to Taiwan. Significantly, their dual resignations are unprecedented and they should serve as a reminder to all of us that accountability is demanded at all
  • Excellence through accountability

    The mission of the 45 Space Wing is a complicated one that depends on thousands of Airmen, civil servants, and contractors doing very detailed work in a tightly coordinated manner. The slightest error at any point in the process can mean disastrous results, from a rocket failing to launch, to a satellite failing to reach its right orbit or not
  • Honoring our flag

    June 14 is National Flag Day. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777. Title 36 of the United States Code is the official statute on Flag Day; however it is at the President's discretion to proclaim officially the observance. During National Flag
  • Responsibility & accountability: our duty

    Change is something that we have become accustomed to in the Air Force over the past few years. One large change that has happened at the top of our Air Force is the resignations of two of our leaders. I want to spend some time today and discuss two issues that these resignations have brought to the surface: responsibility and accountability.All of
  • The winds of change

    Recently, the 45th Mission Support Group successfully stood up the newly formed 45th Force Support Squadron (FSS). This historic event marked the culmination of ongoing efforts to join the Mission Support and Services Squadrons into a viable, cohesive team, better able to serve the Patrick and Cape Canaveral community.While some may have thought
  • NCO Leadership: Critical to our success

    I recently attended the Air Force Senior Enlisted Leaders Conference, where CMSAF Rodney McKinley gathered all the command chiefs, Professional Military Education commandants, and career field mangers to discuss the current state of the Air Force as well as the strategic goals shared by senior policymakers.The biggest take away from the conference
  • Victory on fields of friendly strife

    "Upon the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that upon other fields on other days will bear the fruits of victory," said Gen. Douglas MacArthur. As I was forced to memorize Gen MacArthur's quote during my Air Force training, I didn't realize the truth behind the meaning until I realized the true connections made on those fields.In the Air
  • So much more than a long weekend

    All across the United States, Americans will gather together this weekend to host a neighborhood or family cookout, play in a softball tournament, check out the shopping specials at the mall or pack the car up and head to the beach.There is nothing wrong with doing any of these things, but I ask that you take some time to remember Memorial Day is