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  • Veteran held memorable perspective as flag burned on Fourth of July

    When I think of the Fourth of July, I am always reminded of my childhood. I grew up in a small town in upper Michigan--Calumet to be exact. We had an Air Force base right outside of our town where my dad was stationed.Every Fourth of July, our town would host a parade, town picnic and a fireworks show. The picnic included everyone's favorite
  • Keep the faith: corps beliefs guide combatants through trials, tribulations

    It was always easy to tell when one of my former operations group commanders was dismissing me. He would say, "Keep the faith!" But to keep the faith was not an easy task. Year-after-year, dozens of times a year, Airmen from that unit went into harm's way where people were hurt and souls were scarred.The effect of combat on faith is not a new
  • 30th Space Wing commander proud to serve with finest space professionals

    It's hard to believe that less than two years after we left, my family and I have returned to Vandenberg Air Force Base. It's truly an honor to return here as your wing commander. As I said at the change of command ceremony, I believe Vandenberg is the most important base in the nation with respect to securing and advancing space power for the U.S.
  • 101 Critical Days of Summer means making safety a top level priority

    Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, marks the beginning of the 101 Critical Days of Summer. This period, which will last until Labor Day, is one of the most deadly times for our Airmen. What should be considered a time of rest, travel and relaxation often ends up in tragedy.Ironically, many people will lose their lives while enjoying
  • FTAC eases nerves, teaches Air Force way of life

    As the car traveled down the winding road that lead up to the Vandenberg Air Force Base front gate, I felt the same nervous feeling in my stomach that I felt my first day of basic training. Fortunately in my dorm room, there wasn't a training instructor waiting to teach dress right dress or the proper way to display a laundry bag. With all my
  • AFSPC commander sends Memorial Day message

    As flags wave gracefully on this upcoming Memorial Day, we pay tribute to the brave Americans who have fallen while fighting our Nation's wars and battles. We pause to honor the patriots--Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen--who answered their nation's call so that we all may live free. This year's Memorial Day comes again at a
  • First impressions can set tone for career

    I'll never forget when I first reported to my Officer Training School flight commander, Capt. Charles Brown. After "laying down the law," he asked if I had any questions. This was my first opportunity to make a good impression, and I knew just what to ask. On my way to OTS, I spent the night with a friend who was a recent graduate of the Air Force
  • Air Force's leaders of tomorrow...today

    One of the little secrets they tell us at commanders "charm school", otherwise known as the Commander's Orientation Course, is young folks entering the Air Force today are smarter than we were when we entered. I knew in my case this surely was no revelation; but as I looked around the room at my new peers I wondered how many of them really believed
  • Commander offers lessons in leadership

    Leadership comes in many forms and isn't a trait that mysteriously appears when someone is appointed to a position of authority. True leadership is never asking your subordinates to do something that you wouldn't do yourself. Being a leader is going the extra mile to do what is right, because it is right and not because it is in vogue or because it
  • The Air Force fitness program: It's not just about a test

    When Gen. John Jumper implemented our current fitness program on Jan.1, he made it clear what drove his decision. He tied the demands of being an expeditionary force to the need for a better fitness program. In one of his "CSAF Sight Pictures," he said, "the amount of energy we devote to our fitness programs is not consistent with the growing
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