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  • Compassion

    Our Air Force leadership has declared this year to be "The Year of Leadership." In December the leadership theme is Compassion. It may appear strange to some that an organization with extreme military might would focus on compassion, but great acts of compassion surround us. Leaders without compassion are bullies. Compassion is a combination of
  • Bicycle helmets required

    Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king's horses and all the king's men Couldn't put Humpty together again. Guess what? The same logic applies to bicycles, scooters, roller blades, skateboards and other "non-motorized transportation devices." All it takes is one bad spill and all of Uncle Sam's vast medical science
  • The compassionate leader

    First things first. Everyone is a leader. Everyone has the power to influence others. Therefore, what I have to say applies to everyone. No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care. Trite ... but true, if you stop and think about it. That's compassion. Leaders gain legitimacy by paying thoughtful attention to the needs of
  • Stay safe through hectic holidays

    Happy holidays! We are now in the middle of the holiday season, a time when all of the pressures of our busy schedules come together. The pressures of the office, the family, and social events with friends all demand more time than we have available. While this is my favorite time of the year, it is also one of the most hectic. Good planning is one
  • Early lesson in integrity

    When you're 10 years old and two police officers show you their badges while asking where you're going, even at such a young age you know you'll remember that moment forever. It was 1987, the year in which my interests were Garbage Pail Kids, baseball cards, video games and girls ... in that order. And just as I was too shy to talk to the girls, I
  • Of freedom and those who pay its price

    Not all holidays are created equal. I believe that some have much greater significance than others; among them are Veteran's Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day, days set aside for honoring those who paid the price of freedom. Those who, like the prophet Isaiah, stepped forward and said, "Here am I ... send me!" What will you be doing on Nov. 11
  • Lessons on discipline from military forefathers

    "Nothing is more harmful to the service than the neglect of discipline; for that discipline, more than numbers, gives one army superiority over another." -- George WashingtonWhat is it about discipline that would inspire such words from our first commander in chief? Certainly today's Airmen continue to be the guarantors of our nation's liberty, but
  • Discipline: An unwavering trait

    Believe it or not but we are taught about discipline from our early childhood. I was recently reading my daughter the fairy tale of the Little Red Hen and realized that it actually teaches us about discipline; specifically self-discipline. The Little Red Hen and her baby chicks are the only ones with the discipline to plant, harvest, and mill the
  • Proud to be an Airman

    "Why did you go?" someone asked me. "It's a Saturday night and you dressed in uniform to go to the anniversary ball? Why?" My mouth opened to answer, probably with something clever like, "Why not?" But before uttering anything, I snapped it closed and thought about the question. Why did I going to ball? Vandenberg recently held its 50th Anniversary
  • CFC donations make priceless difference in real lives

    Sometimes we in the military may forget the real people behind those Combined Federal Campaign donations. Somehow it gets detached during the drive. Maybe it is that CFC is sometimes used as a competitive device between units. Other times I have heard many of us in the military relate that since we sacrifice so much, why should we donate to others?