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Default Air Force Logo Get out of the box
As my tour here at Joint Base Balad comes to an end, I've looked over the last six months and thought of all the things I've had an opportunity to do and people I've met. I've done things I said I would never do, like fly in a helicopter, and met people I've never expected to meet, like the vice president of the United States. As excited as I am to
0 7/15
2008
Default Air Force Logo Volunteers: Lifeblood of the community
When you think about what it takes to keep a community functioning, your first thoughts probably lean toward the public services we all expect to be available to us. Similarly, when you think about what it takes to make a base run, you often think about civil engineers, security forces, the medical group and other agencies that provide the basics
0 7/08
2008
Default Air Force Logo Mental health visit is not the end
I was torn, broken, falling apart. Tears were welling up and I couldn't see my computer screen, the clutter on my desk blurring. "Don't break down at work," I thought. "Don't break down." The summer of 2005 was a tough one. First, my fiancée and I split up. Two weeks later my grandfather died. Then, two days before the tears came rushing in while I
0 7/01
2008
Default Air Force Logo Farewell Vandenberg: Wing CC's parting words
Let me start by thanking each of you for what you've done for the 30th Space Wing, Vandenberg AFB, and our Air Force. Being your commander has been an honor and privilege. When I left Vandenberg in June '05 as the Ops Group commander, I said then that I' d had the best job in the Air Force. What I didn't know was how much being your wing commander
0 6/23
2008
Default Air Force Logo Launching within a Culture of Excellence
What is excellence? How do we get there? How can I instill a culture of excellence within my unit? These are all questions leaders ask as they prepare to address their Airmen for the first time. If I were to answer these questions as a "butter bar," you would probably have yourself a good laugh and walk away. Therefore, who better to respond than a
0 6/23
2008
Default Air Force Logo Will you be ready when you get the call?
One of the themes over the past six months in the 30th Space Wing (and overall Air Force) has been about expecting and embracing change. Both the fast-paced world we live in and dynamic battlespace we fight in demand Airmen who can easily adapt to change. Another avenue of change involves preparing for unexpected professional challenges - those
0 6/16
2008
Default Air Force Logo Why we need Core Values
Rarely do Airmen go more than a single day in today's Air Force without hearing about the Core Values: Integrity First, Service Before Self, Excellence In All We Do. Often, leaders want subordinates to embrace the true meaning of the message as much they have. The Core Values are important, and I want you to take them to heart. Integrity
0 6/16
2008
Default Air Force Logo 12 rules of engagement for the ORI
The 30th Space Wing is gearing up for an Operation Readiness Inspection. Col. Steve Tanous, the 30th SW commander, offers these 12 Rules of Engagement to ensure an "Outstanding" inspection: 1. SAFETY FIRST - During every demonstration or exercise we perform, we cannot lose sight of safety considerations in our zeal to wow the inspectors. Remember
0 6/10
2008
Default Air Force Logo Deployment challenges
Vandenberg AFB is the most heavily tasked deployment installation in AFSPC and I'm proud of that fact. We currently have over 210 Vandenberg Airmen deployed, and we're preparing to send an additional 200 to combat the global war on terrorism. Though we send many of our Airmen forward to the fight, we can't forget how tough deployments can be. They
0 6/10
2008
Default Air Force Logo Embracing Wingmen diversity
To prosper in the future, we must value, understand, and better utilize diversity in our business, education, government, as well as in society in general. In other words, we must learn to manage employee diversity as a vital resource. -- Marilyn Loden and Judy Rosener The Airman's Creed tells us we have an obligation to "never leave an Airman
0 6/10
2008
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