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  • Labor Day: often misunderstood, always important

    The Labor Day weekend is here and that of course means the end of summer - at least growing up in Minnesota it meant the end of summer. I suspect that one's definition may be a trifle different here in sunny Florida though. Nonetheless, I believe that Labor Day is probably one of the most underappreciated, and at the very least, misunderstood of
  • 101 Critical Days: remain vigilant!

    Summer is winding down, but now is not the time to get complacent about summer safety! The Air Force's 101 Critical Days of Summer campaign continues officially through Labor Day weekend, but those of us who live in Florida must remember - for us, many activities associated with summer actually continue into the late fall and holiday season. Pay
  • 45th Space Wing: contributing to the flight every day

    How are you contributing to the war effort? I think about how to tell this story often, and find it easiest to just look at a day in the life of our troops in Iraq to see how space power is contributing to the fight. First, think about the ground operators who are carrying the brunt of the load rolling up the insurgency. Much of their situational
  • Working smarter, not harder

    Over the past eight months I've written about our journey down the Air Force Smart Operations 21st Century (AFSO21) path. As you recall, our entry into the AFSO21 arena was driven by a tasking from the Secretary of the Air Force. We've mapped how we conduct launch operations and outlined what the future state should be for Systems Safety and Range
  • Parenting and militry service ... making it easier

    In today's environment of high ops tempo and increased mobilization, Airmen routinely juggle competing demands of parenting and military service. The Air Force Services mission recognizes that readily available, high quality and affordable child care and youth programs are a workforce issue with direct impact on mission readiness. In September
  • Warfit for your family, career

    A few weeks ago, I wrote a Missileer article about the Air Force's Fitness Program and how critical it is to our mission accomplishment and our well being. Now that the Air Force has decided to include your fitness status on your performance report, I'd like to emphasize one more time how important it is to meet the fitness standards of the Air
  • What does this oath mean to you?

    I clearly recall the day my dad administered the oath of office to me and I entered the U.S. Air Force as a second lieutenant. It seems almost like yesterday, even though it was more than 20 years ago that my dad raised his right hand and said, "Repeat after me." Retired from the U.S. Army, he had administered the oath many times, but it was
  • Prepare for the not so unexpected

    Hurricane season began June 1 and ends Nov. 30. We're one-third of the way through the season and have been spared from hurricanes, so it's easy to think we won't have a major storm this year. As last week's hurricane exercise shows, however, we as servicemembers should always be prepared for the unexpected.Hurricanes shouldn't be unexpected on the
  • Hurricane evacuation and your benefits

    It's that time of year again to start personal preparation for hurricane evacuation. Not only is it important to safeguard your home and family, it is also critical to understand what health care benefits you have access to while evacuated. The following are key areas to focus on in the event of a disaster.Important things to remember about TRICARE
  • Don't worry, be happy and enjoy

    Have you made a personal commitment to be happy in spite of what life hands you? If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75 percent of this world. If you have more health than illness, you are more blessed than the millions who will not survive this week. We all
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