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  • DUIs change lives ... for the worse

    (Editor's note: The following commentary was written by an Airman with the 30th Security Forces Squadron. The names of the family members have been changed.)By now the vast majority of us are aware of the consequences for driving under the influence of alcohol. We have been briefed, recalled, and stood in formation; seen the slide shows, videos and
  • Getting back to basics

    These are challenging times. If you're keeping up with the news, you're probably as frustrated as I am when you see editorials with titles like, "Clean up the Air Force." While we have important issues such as nuclear accountability that must be addressed, you and I both know that the vast majority of the Air Force does not need "cleaning up." As
  • Friendship is important part of service, life

    Serving in the Air Force has a plethora of benefits that people can use to increase their quality of life; however, things can still be rough. The hardest part would have to be being away from the friends and family you grew up around. As a single Airmen living in the dorms, holidays can get kind of lonely. That's why it is important to develop
  • Get out of the box

    As my tour here at Joint Base Balad comes to an end, I've looked over the last six months and thought of all the things I've had an opportunity to do and people I've met. I've done things I said I would never do, like fly in a helicopter, and met people I've never expected to meet, like the vice president of the United States. As excited as I am to
  • Volunteers: Lifeblood of the community

    When you think about what it takes to keep a community functioning, your first thoughts probably lean toward the public services we all expect to be available to us. Similarly, when you think about what it takes to make a base run, you often think about civil engineers, security forces, the medical group and other agencies that provide the basics
  • Mental health visit is not the end

    I was torn, broken, falling apart. Tears were welling up and I couldn't see my computer screen, the clutter on my desk blurring. "Don't break down at work," I thought. "Don't break down." The summer of 2005 was a tough one. First, my fiancée and I split up. Two weeks later my grandfather died. Then, two days before the tears came rushing in while I
  • Farewell Vandenberg: Wing CC's parting words

    Let me start by thanking each of you for what you've done for the 30th Space Wing, Vandenberg AFB, and our Air Force. Being your commander has been an honor and privilege. When I left Vandenberg in June '05 as the Ops Group commander, I said then that I' d had the best job in the Air Force. What I didn't know was how much being your wing commander
  • Launching within a Culture of Excellence

    What is excellence? How do we get there? How can I instill a culture of excellence within my unit? These are all questions leaders ask as they prepare to address their Airmen for the first time. If I were to answer these questions as a "butter bar," you would probably have yourself a good laugh and walk away. Therefore, who better to respond than a
  • Will you be ready when you get the call?

    One of the themes over the past six months in the 30th Space Wing (and overall Air Force) has been about expecting and embracing change. Both the fast-paced world we live in and dynamic battlespace we fight in demand Airmen who can easily adapt to change. Another avenue of change involves preparing for unexpected professional challenges - those
  • Why we need Core Values

    Rarely do Airmen go more than a single day in today's Air Force without hearing about the Core Values: Integrity First, Service Before Self, Excellence In All We Do. Often, leaders want subordinates to embrace the true meaning of the message as much they have. The Core Values are important, and I want you to take them to heart. Integrity
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