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  • 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?
  • Year of Leadership

    The "Year of Leadership" at Vandenberg is in full swing and I want to stress the importance of participation at all levels. Unfortunately, disturbing incidents over the last year called into question focus and expertise in certain mission areas. As a result, Gen. C. Robert Kehler directed this initiative because, "The sustainment, growth, and
  • Facing the consequences of a DUI

    As Airmen in the world's greatest Air Force, we are expected to set and maintain the highest standards, whether it be in uniform or out of it. I failed those standards. I not only failed, but I endangered the lives of everyone on base and in the surrounding community by deciding to operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Being someone who
  • Selflessness is core Airman trait

    The troops were lined up and awaiting instruction. They stood still, listening intently, contemplating and understanding every guideline. The plan was laid out and expectations were expressed. Each man and woman in uniform prepared for the mission that lay ahead. Some seemed uneasy while others were determined to rise up to the demands placed on
  • Year of Leadership: Discipline is a year-round standard

    Happy New Year ... as I write this we are closing the books on Fiscal Year 2008 and eagerly looking forward to the start of Fiscal Year 2009! Typical New Year's celebrations are filled with reflection on the past year with resounding hope and celebration in anticipation of what's to come in the new year! From a budgetary standpoint, 2008 has been
  • Communication eases tough times

    The biggest clue a new season is almost here can be found in packed classrooms across the state. Desks and the smell of freshly sharpened pencils welcome students back to school. Before each day's dismissal at the elementary school here, moms and dads stand outside its fenced area. They wait for that final bell to ring and the children to be
  • Taking a bite out of crime: A volunteer story

    The atmosphere was festive. A booming sound system offered popular music and got the crowd dancing. Children lined up to get colorful and unique designs at a face painting kiosk. Gleefully, preschool children jumped in a gigantic bouncy castle. The smell of barbequed burgers permeated the air, causing all but one mouth to water. The unmoved mouth,