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  • My New Year's Resolution? A sense of perspective

    My family and I travelled over the holidays. As we were boarding a flight at a relatively remote location, my daughter dropped the last bit of her ice cream cone in a trash bin. She noticed a little old lady going through that same trash bin eating anything she could find, to include the last bit of my daughter's ice cream cone. In contrast to that
  • Key principles to help you win in 2010

    Like many of you, I enjoyed the college football bowl games that occurred over the past week. Each team that competed had winning seasons, and you can believe that none of them became successful by accident. The coaches and staff of these teams did more than hope for success; as a wise man once told me, "hope is not a plan." These leaders spent
  • The Time of Year for the Air Force Family

    The Air Force has proclaimed this year, from July 2009 to July 2010, to be the Year of the Air Force Family. It's a great idea that emphasizes the importance of families to the success of the Air Force mission, and it also gives us a chance to see all the great programs and opportunities available for families throughout the Air Force. As I've come
  • Recognition: leader’s basic tool

    What do your peers most appreciate that's easily within your reach - recognition and praise! Recognition and praise are powerful motivators and effective methods of increasing morale while reinforcing a unit's expectations and goals. As a leader, acknowledgement of a member's contribution or achievement can positively influence the perception of
  • Wherever you go, there you are

    Wherever you go, there you are. This is something my wife has said to me many times throughout our 13-year marriage. Typically I would just smile and nod, pretty much ignoring her. However, I've realized I never really understood the concept ... until recently.The concept is really quite simple. No matter where you go in life, you are who you are.
  • I couldn’t be more proud

    I could not be more proud to be leading this team! I wish I could name every reason why, but that would take all day. So let me just say during the past few months, Team Incirlik has done a superb job demonstrating its dedication to excellence. Every Airman has contributed countless hours to making our mission run as close to perfect as possible,
  • The Year of the Air Force Family

    From July 2009 until next July, the Air Force has officially proclaimed this year the "Year of the Air Force Family." This declaration gives us the opportunity to focus on the outstanding programs and support the Air Force provides to Airmen and families, and allows us to get the word out on how to access these great services! Here at Incirlik, we
  • Fit, Focused, and Fighting: Supporting the Mission of the 39th Air Base Wing

    The 39th Air Base Wing's mission is to support and protect U.S. and NATO assets and people throughout Turkey while providing a full spectrum of capabilities to the warfighter. I think the mission statement can be a little hard to understand; so, what does it mean? It means every member of team Incirlik doing his or her job to the best of their
  • October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

    Did you know that 54 million people in the United States live with some sort of disability? Initially, that number sounds almost unrealistic until you stop and look at your own family history. Chances are you may find at least one member of your family challenged by some sort of a disability. When I took a moment to look at my family tree, three
  • Supply and demands

    With American unemployment at its highest in recent history, it's no surprise that more and more people of all ages are considering military service. This rise of new applicants is impacting those of us already in the service. As the pool of potential recruits grows, the Air Force can be more selective about who it accepts and what standards it