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  • Get your inspection face on!

    In sports, whether you are an observer, participant or full-on fanatic, you will often hear, "Get your game face on!" It's another way to say, "Participants need to get into the right frame of mind to be victorious."As Airmen, our primary duties do not necessarily include participation in sporting events. However, we perform our duties the best we
  • Maintaining perspective

    A military Airman's life, whether it be a uniformed or civil service member, can be extremely hectic. It becomes easy to fall into the overwhelming day-to-day routine and lose sight of what we do, particularly for members who are not deployed. We come to work every day and perform what appear to be very routine tasks. However, we must keep our jobs
  • Developing leadership muscle: An exercise prescription

    Many authors have written about how to develop leadership. Leadership development typically divides into two categories: Natural talent versus practiced skills. The latter is similar to when a person makes the concerted effort to improve their fitness skills. This would typically include visiting a personal trainer who would give advice that would
  • Getting to core of innovation

    When we think of innovation, we often think of life-changing inventions that have improved our lives dramatically. Innovation, however, encompasses more than inventing something great from nothing. Innovation is often improving something that was already good or utilizing it in a novel way to resolve different problems. In other words, you do not
  • Article 15... Now what? Ask the ADC!

    What an Article 15 means for youArticle 15 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice is an avenue for commanders to provide discipline that will not result in a Federal conviction, as opposed to a courts-martial. The legal office typically advises units to engage in progressive discipline, which means when an Airman has a discipline issue, commanders
  • One team, one dream

    The wing has been working tirelessly the past several months checking and double checking self assessment programs, conducting emergency management exercises, and sharpening our deployment processes in anticipation of the upcoming inspection. However, we sometimes become so focused on our individual efforts, that we overlook a critical element of
  • You have the right to remain silent

    The phrase, "you have the right to remain silent" is a part of our culture. Typically we see TV detectives or police officers delivering that line to some lawbreaker who the audience knows to be guilty as handcuffs are being placed on the perpetrator's wrists. It makes for good television, but it's not very realistic. Miranda WarningsThe Miranda
  • Achieving Balance

    Achieving Balance by Lt. Col. Mary Ann Garbowski, 30th Medical Support Squadron commander.Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony--Thomas Merton Most people will find the term "achieving balance" somewhat odd. In our goal oriented lives balance does not readily appear to be an achievement. We revere those
  • Military Voting Rates at All-Time Low -- Shame on Us

    Imagine, for a moment, that you work for Apple Inc. It's time for the company to appoint a new CEO, and you and your co-workers get to handpick your boss. All you have to do is check a box next to the name of your favorite candidate and mail it to the company. You'd do it, wouldn't you? According to statistics, most of you wouldn't.We members of
  • How good of an “Air Force” family member are you?

    The Air Force stresses the importance of taking care of your fellow Airmen and yourself; annual training and wingman days are regular reminders. The success of Air Force missions relies on all of us to play a role. Taking care of Airmen is only part of our responsibility; the other part is to be a good Air Force family member. I think there are