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  • Failure, innovation and mission success

    Venture capitalists seeking the next great innovation, the next Google, Facebook or game-changing technology, only achieve one success in every 10 investments...that number shocks me. Successful venture capitalists all have one thing in common: many failures for each success. Despite many failures, leading investors succeed because they fail
  • Leadership lessons learned

    As I am at the end of my command tour here at Vandenberg, I have been doing a lot of self-examination on how I did as a commander. Did I give it my best? What did I do right? What could I have done better? As I think about the past two years, I decided to share with you some things I feel have worked for me as a leader and commander. They are:
  • A week in FTAC

    As new Airmen in the operational Air Force, your immediate focus is being proficient at your job. Perfecting your craft takes practice, patience and most importantly, time. But with all this time being consumed by your job, how do you get acquainted with your first duty station?Enter the First Term Airmen Center.FTAC is a week-long orientation that
  • Behind the interview

    "You're going to interview the Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force."For some Public Affairs professionals, this is just another job. For me, it was a dream and a nightmare on a collision course. My first assignment in the operational Air Force would be to interview the senior most enlisted leader in our Air Force - James A. Cody.Several thoughts
  • Grand opening of Spiritual Care Center

    The Vandenberg Chapel marked the grand opening of its new Spiritual Care Center (SCC) with an Open House, June 27, 2014. During the ceremony key members of the 30th Civil Engineering Squadron, who were instrumental in seeing the project to completion, received recognition from Lt. Col. Glenn Page, 30th SW chaplain and Col. Keith Balts, 30 SW
  • Cutting corners

    Among my more unpopular decisions as a commander was to modify my squadron physical training policy, moving squadron PT sessions outside of duty hours; 6 a.m. Tuesdays and 4:45 p.m. Thursdays. As a concession, to those with childcare issues and other challenges, I made the sessions optional. Consequently on any Tuesday morning or Thursday afternoon
  • The World is watching

    Over the next month 3.5 million fans from Australia, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas will be intensely focused on the action and results of 32 national soccer teams during the World Cup in Brazil. The goal for each team is to raise the tournament trophy and run the victory lap at the end. With so many skilled players around the world the
  • Celebrating our Air Force culture

    I love sports and seeing people succeed in sports. I enjoyed running track during my formative years in high school and two of my events were the 400 meter and 800 meter relay team races. In the relay races four runners comprise a team. I anchored both teams and the goal was to pass a baton from team member to team member without dropping the
  • Memorial Day reflections from a deployed chaplain at AFMAO

    Editor's note: Chaplain (Maj.) Martin Adamson is the 30th Space Wing Deputy Wing Chaplain currently deployed to Dover Air Force Base, Del., in support of Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations."Honorable." That was the word used to describe the kind of work I would be involved in at Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations at Dover Air Force Base,
  • Family, you are the real MVPs

    When National Basketball Association superstar, Kevin Durant, was named the league's 2014 Most Valuable Player on May 6, he delivered a gratitude-filled acceptance speech in which he thanked his teammates and coaches for their support on his way to the top. But what grabbed the attention of the American public was the emotional tribute he gave to