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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Security is everybody's business

    The fence around Patrick AFB is not our only deterrent against criminals and terrorists. Your eyes and ears are also safeguarding our people, our facilities and our operations. Security is everybody's business, not just security forces specialists, Office of Special Investigations agents or contract

  • Don't stress over new OPR/EPR forms

    I am not sure I have ever met anybody who looked forward to a performance report or feedback session. Both tend to create anxiety for both the rater and the ratee. But, I also have yet to meet anyone who does not understand how vitally important officer performance reports, enlisted performance

  • Know past to control future

    It has been said that those who know the past control the future. That is why it is vitally important to know our military heritage - especially as we approach our Air Force's 60th anniversary in September. The first launch on the Eastern Range occurred 57 years ago this month. Since then we've had

  • 45th SW factoids to wow your friends

    Ever have someone ask you, "So what do you do at Patrick?" I know I've been asked that question many times. Each time, I patiently try to explain our mission at the 45th Space Wing, how our people are directly supporting the Global War on Terror and how we are proud to serve the local community.

  • After two full years, saying farewell

    For the eighth and final time over two years, it is my privilege to address you from the Commander's Corner. It's hard to believe two years can pass so quickly, but the moving boxes stacked in our driveway and a quickly emptying house are sure evidence our days among the Sharks of the 45th Space

  • Leadership: Service Before Self

    In a twisted way, leadership is both extremely easy and extremely difficult. It's easy because there are simple, consistent and enduring themes that any leader will tell you will work. But it's hard because what you hear from someone else in a classroom situation is sometimes much more difficult to