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  • Are you ready?

    Seriously, are you ready? The Air Force of today is significantly different than the Air Force I joined 18 years ago. I can't imagine how different it is for our Senior Leaders. Part of that difference is that we are a more expeditionary force, a more fit force and a more intelligent force. Today I will focus on the expeditionary aspect. So back to
  • Diamonds; What are they for?

    You can't imagine how many times a day, at MacDill AFB alone, First Sergeant's call a work center to let a particular Airman know they need to speak with them and if they have a few minutes to come to the office and see them. Immediately on his or her way to the First Sergeant's office, the Airman runs through things in their mind like; did I miss
  • An Airman’s viewpoint: Air Force developing Airmen

    We're the Air Force's most important asset, a hot topic discussed at every all call, commander's call and in Air Force news publications. Millions of dollars are invested in our development and care annually; we are Airmen. Of course, at all levels of leadership nothing is stressed more than our development, but what about actions? Since being
  • Are we raising crippled leaders?

    "In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger" -- President John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, 20 January 1961 In his excellent commentary on the importance of the Air Force's principal core value, Integrity First, (Thunderbolt, 12 October 2007), Lt. Col.
  • Chipping away at the to-do list

    As 2007 draws to a close, this is a great time to reflect on the past 12 months and look forward to what the next 12 months has to offer. While it's impossible to change history, it is possible to shape the future. By shaping the future, you in fact can have an impact on history. No, I haven't "lost it" nor am I trying to "go deep" with this
  • Look our future in the eye, support your Wingman

    Imagine more than 550 young Airmen, our nation's most precious resource, dressed in their blues and standing in formation with the hot San Antonio sun beating down, speaking in one proud enthusiastic voice - reciting the Airman's Creed. Now our nation's "sword and shield", "sentry and avenger." Beautiful young kids from every state of the Union,
  • Understanding and conquering your fears

    "You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do" -- Eleanor Roosevelt Do you know that everyday living with fear paralyzes our dreams and stunts our aspirations? Everyone, regardless of who they are or where they're from is
  • That’s what it’s all about; an examination of who we are

    I saw a bumper sticker the other day as I drove through the front gate that said, "What if the Hokie Pokie is really what it's all about." I'll assume you know the Hokie Pokie -- you remember the childhood song and dance that was really fun when you were five or six years old and never seemed to get old; then as a teenager it was just plain weird
  • MacDill standard of excellence remains sky-high

    Let me sum up the ORI by taking a line from my favorite sports personality and announcer Dick Vitale, "Our Airmen were simply awesome baby!" Folks, believe it when I say our Airmen were well trained and equipped and truly inspired to conquer the mission and the results showed! For the record, at the time of this article I have no idea what our
  • Where do you fit into the big picture?

    Here's a quick story for you. In 2006, Senior Airman Phillip M. King was leading a convoy on a quiet street in Ebrahimkhel, just north of Kandahar, when a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) landed near his Humvee, followed by a hail of machine-gun fire from a nearby fortified compound. He moved his vehicle to block the rest of the convoy from torrents