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  • 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
  • Another level of teamwork experienced at MacDill

    Many have heard the expression, "there is no 'I' in team." Even an elementary school student knows the spelling of the word team, t-e-a-m. The expression, there is no I in team references a concept; the statement is a shadow and its substance or essence must be sought elsewhere. The substance of the phrase is that independent individual efforts, no
  • Military equal opportunity + your support = positive relations

    Things have certainly changed...for the better! In January 1996, as a staff sergeant, I entered into what was known as the social actions career field, now military equal opportunity. Back then, it was a lonely world for my colleagues and me because there was a negative stigma attached to the social actions office. Many thought social actions
  • Cultivate your creativity to find that SHAZAM moment

    You are given nine gold coins. They all look identical, but one is half a gram lighter than the other eight. The weight difference is impossible to measure by human touch. You are then given a scale that looks like the scales of justice. The task is to find the light coin, by making only two weighings. That means you put "x" coins on the scale