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  • MLK feature: 'Insufficient funds'

    "In a sense we have come to cash a check... It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note... Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check which has come back marked "insufficient funds." Although not recognizable, these lines are verses taken from Dr. Martin Luther King's speech
  • Vector check: Why do you serve?

    In recent weeks, there's been a lot of chatter at the water coolers about the future of the Air Force. Folks are concerned, and it's evident from their comments: Is my contract going to get cut? What about retirement benefits? Forget doing more with less, soon we'll be doing everything with nothing! Their concerns are understandable; our country
  • 'We need leadership not likership'

    While I was contemplating what to write about in this month's paper, several ideas came to mind; new space capabilities, new changes to the Dress and Appearance AFI (36-2903) and various others. Then I saw a picture of a road sign outside an Army post in Afghanistan. I decided to write about a topic that is easily overlooked and often taken for
  • Change

    Change, hmmm, conjures up many emotions. In our business, change seems to be the only thing that is consistent. I don't feel that this is a bad thing; we are the world's most dominant Air, Space, and Cyber Space Force, best in the history of mankind. We continue to develop world class leaders. We continue to display that we are relevant to the
  • Team V spouses gotta stick together!

    Changing duty stations can bring forth many emotions. For me many times I felt a mix of both excitement and nervousness. My family and I arrived at Vandenberg in 2004. It was my first experience with Air Force Space Command and an active (all-ranks) spouses club.As a stay-at-home military spouse, I was very active during the day with my two young
  • No pencil eraser for social media mistakes

    In February 2010, Pentagon officials authorized using social networks on unclassified military computers. They believe the benefits of social media outweigh security concerns. However, operational security has always been a military constant and that has not diminished with the advent of social media. If anything, OPSEC has become more important
  • Good leaders practice servant leadership

    Servant leadership is a concept that may be a little different from the normal discussions concerning leadership. Though many of us practice this concept every day, we haven't thought about it as being in relationship to a servant. The phrase, "I joined the military to serve my country," has been used by many people. But how much thought has really
  • Three days in service dress

    As you might expect, as a commander of a wing that stretches from Ramstein, Germany, to Hawaii, I spend a lot of time on the road and in different uniform combinations. But, I want to tell you about a couple of weeks ago when I wore my service dress uniform three days in a row. Even for me, that's pretty rare: most days, it's Airman Battle Uniforms
  • One in four

    One in four: Look around you right now, whether you're at your workplace or waiting at the clinic; where ever you are look around and count one in four women around you. How many did you identify? Just one? Maybe two out of eight? Three out of 12? The number can get staggering, depending on the crowd. One out of every four, according to the Center
  • My life was changed forever

    My life was changed forever February 11, 2011. It was a Friday. I was glad to be getting off work, because I was going to be on leave for the next two weeks. Around 5 p.m., my friend, Chris, texted me and asked if I wanted to come over to his house. Since my wife was taking my daughter over to a friend's house, I decided to go. When I arrived, he