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Col. Jerome Wizda serves as the 39th Medical Group commander at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. 
Col. Wizda, 39 MDG/CC: Leadership lessons from a not-so-well-known President
Short in stature at 5 feet 4 inches, not particularly handsome, a bookworm and not exactly the life of the party, James Madison does not fit some perceptions of a leader.In today's world, he probably would have been perceived as a nerd. But, his brilliant mind and leadership skills now have historians re-embracing Madison's presidency and his
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2013
Lt. Col. Mark Galler serves as the 425th Air Base Squadron commander in Izmir, Turkey. 
Lt. Col. Galler, 425 ABS/CC: Leadership ... observations from a year in command
Leadership is a craft which can be taught, developed and should be constantly improved. For the purpose of this article, we'll look at four factors consistently found in successful leaders and a leader who exemplifies each of them. These factors include: positive communication; knowing the strengths of your people; trusting your team; and
0 4/29
2013
(Graphic courtesy Air Force Public Affairs) 'Every dollar counts' challenge
Did you get the email from the Air Force Vice Chief of Staff, Gen. Larry O. Spencer, about Airmen Powered by Innovation? Check it out! The Air Force is looking for Airmen of all ranks to find ways we can cut costs, and, as our Vice Chief says, "better fly, fight and win."While finding cost-saving and innovative ways of doing things has been part of
0 4/17
2013
Default Air Force Logo ‘Do to others…’
If you have been following the news recently, you might have read or heard the stories of Audrie Pott - a 15-year-old California girl who was allegedly raped by three fellow high school students last September - and Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17-year-old from Nova Scotia who was also allegedly sexually assaulted in November 2011. These sad stories
0 4/17
2013
Capt. Tenille Woodward, 39th Air Base Wing Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, speaks on AFN Incirlik radio about sexual assault and causes and effects it has on a person and the mission. Sexual assault is a zero-tolerance issue in the Air Force and the SARC help combat these issues by raising awareness of this assault. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.) Reflections from the outgoing SARC
If you weren't aware, April is a busy month for increasing our awareness of serious social issues - National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Alcohol Awareness Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. As I considered how all these serious social ills bleed into each other, I contemplated this quote by inspirational speaker and author, Ogwo David
0 4/11
2013
Francisco Morales, 39th Security Forces Squadron, turns to finish the 20-kilometer bike ride during the 3rd Annual Sprint Triathlon Aug. 20, 2011, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The triathlon also included a five-kilometer run and a 225-meter swim.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Clayton Lenhardt/Released) Even though I work in safety...
Editor's note: This commentary first appeared in the Winter 2012 Air Scoop magazine, a publication of the United States Air Forces Europe Safety office.   Do you plan to have a mishap when performing your daily activities? I sure don't have that talent or clairvoyance... do you? That is why I not only work in safety, I live it.One sunny morning I
0 3/25
2013
Default Air Force Logo Sequestration is a big deal, so are you
As you know, budget cuts went into effect March 1. Across the command we took action to help manage the impact and to prepare for a worst-case scenario. We are in the process of cutting non-mission critical travel, base maintenance contracts, and facility projects, and we are anticipating steep cuts to our flying hour program. Other potential cuts
0 3/12
2013
Angry, confused and even highly agitated Airmen and family members are sometimes found at customer service kiosks in comptroller squadrons around the Air Force, but many issues can be fixed by the customer themselves.  Programs and applications are in place to increase understanding of finance actions and to help members take a more proactive approach with their pay and entitlements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Marissa Tucker/Released) Watch your mouth!
Finance. Comptroller squadron. Whatever you want to call them, they are probably one of the most loved and hated functions in the Air Force. When things are going well with our pay and allowances, we have good thoughts about our financial gurus. But when something goes wrong, it's a different story! I'd be lying if I said I have not, at some point
0 3/11
2013
Smoking can be a difficult habit to kick, but there is help available for those wishing to quit. Incirlik members can call the Health and Wellness Center at DSN 676-4292 for more information regarding classes and information on quitting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anthony Sanchelli/Released) Kicking the habit
I've had a number of habits in my life, but none of them have been as sneaky and difficult to get rid of as smoking. This habit was introduced to me 16 years ago -- I am 26 years old now. Out of all the crazy things I did as a kid, this was by far the worst. In the years that followed I continued to smoke, unaware this habit was becoming more and
0 2/27
2013
Official Photo - Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, USAFE Commander Sequestration: How USAFE-AFAFRICA may be affected
As we approach the automatic budget cuts slated to go into effect on March 1, I would like to share some of my thoughts on how our command may be affected and how we will respond. Our outstanding team of resource managers has tirelessly planned for these cuts, and we are prepared to implement them if necessary. Regardless of what happens in the
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2013
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