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  • Airman survives attack; Busy period upon us

    Sharks, I wanted to take some time this week to recognize the individual sacrifices of our Airmen down range, the robustness of our operations schedule in the near future and the excellence of one of our squadrons. It's this combination of individual sacrifice, operational excellence and team cohesion that makes us what we are - the best in Space
  • Flu season is just around the corner - get vaccinated

    Influenza, or flu, season in the United States begins as early as October and lasts as late as May. Per the Center for Disease Control, every year in the United States, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized with influenza and about 36,000 people die from its complications.Routine immunization is the most effective way to prevent influenza and
  • Great time to welcome back our returning warriors

    What a fabulous diamond anniversary weekend celebration we held for our Air Force! In spite of Mother Nature's protests, we got it started with a fantastic Freedom Fest Friday at Chevron Park. It was capped by a jaw-dropping fireworks show. Kudos to Bill DeCoux, Liane Roche, Duane Renshaw and our entire Services Division team, and special thanks to
  • Leadership can by found in many ways at every level

    This past Saturday evening many of us had the opportunity to celebrate the 60th anniversary of our United States Air Force at the Cape Canaveral Radisson Hotel. For those of you that didn't make it, you missed a great event. Among the many attendees that evening, I had the distinct honor and pleasure to sit next to Sgt. Donald Williams, one of the
  • Happy 60th Birthday!

    Our U.S. Air Force marked its diamond anniversary Tuesday and we are celebrating that milestone here at the 45th Space Wing with this commemorative edition of the Missileer, tonight's Freedom Fest and tomorrow's sold out Air Force Ball! This is also the year that marks the 25th anniversary of Air Force Space Command - a silver anniversary with a
  • Don't forget the sacrifices of 9/11

    What a stirring ceremony we had at the base flagpole Tuesday, marking the sixth anniversary of 9/11. For me, standing with many of you remembering the horrors and triumphs of that dreadful day was a moving experience. It brought home the fact that our world changed forever on that fateful day-suddenly we were a nation at war.September 11 will never
  • Don't let deployments catch you by surprise

    Deployments rarely catch us by surprise. Typically, we have time to react, adjust our thinking and formulate a survival plan. Those remaining behind must adjust, yet we often simply react with little or no forethought given to our survival plan.Each member of the wing may be impacted as we watch someone deploy; care for a deployed member's spouse
  • Let's make the FY07 close-out a success

    Sharks, as we come to the close of another fiscal year, I want to commend you on your stewardship in managing our fiscal year 2007 budget. Although, FY 07 officially ends Sept. 30, we are looking at a "soft" closeout date of Sept. 21. The soft closeout provides the Financial Management community, Contracting and the Defense Accounting and Finance
  • NORTH STAR helps take care of people and mission

    The last time I wrote an article for the Missileer, I shared my belief in the motto of "Mission First - People Always." I also believe that the psychological well-being of our personnel and their families directly impacts mission effectiveness.Stress, whether personal, work place or relationship induced is associated with a wide range of social and
  • Take well-deserved breathers

    The Labor Day holiday weekend symbolizes the end of summer and is the time set aside to honor our nation's workforce. It is designed to pay tribute to you - working Americans. To thank you for year-round dedication, Labor Day is an opportunity to get some well-deserved R&R and to spend quality time with your families and friends. It is a time to
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