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Default Air Force Logo Inspection ready: Don't put lipstick on a pig
Have you ever heard the phrase, "Putting lipstick on a pig?" Quite the image comes to mind, doesn't it? The phrase is often used to refer to the process of preparing for an inspection and it isn't complimentary. It suggests that rather than fix the problem, you are just going to make a broken problem look pretty. For example, if there's a crack in
0 9/29
2009
Default Air Force Logo Attitude is everything
This week I have followed a sport I never really paid attention to in the past. I sat and watched tennis during the U.S. Open not because of the sport itself, but because of the story unfolding on the screen. Melanie Oudin, ranked number 70 in the world, was beating opponents she was not supposed to beat. The competitors were ranked much higher and
0 9/15
2009
Default Air Force Logo Welcome to Incirlik
"Welcome to Incirlik." I am so sick and tired of hearing those words; this crusty Shirt is ready to spit nails. The words are not said in earnest and they are not said with warmth; they are said at the end of every question I have asked 'why' to since my arrival here at Incirlik. "Why is this like that? Why is that like this? Why do we do things
0 9/11
2009
Default Air Force Logo Chaplains lead the way to spiritual fitness
In today's Air Force we are much more in tune with the "Warrior Ethos." The shift from launching sorties and returning to the relative safety of a base located far from the combat zone, to a forward operating base that puts us in the middle of the fight has dramatically increased the number of Airmen in harms way. Then, add to that the many Joint
0 9/08
2009
Default Air Force Logo Where will you leave your legacy?
About a year ago, a course instructor at the Air Command and Staff College asked my classmates and I a question: "Where will you leave your legacy?" The question was asked in the context of a class regarding leadership in command. Although all of us were not slated to command immediately following school, each person in the seminar had the
0 8/28
2009
Default Air Force Logo The power of courtesy
The manner in which we interact with each other and show respect for one another is important in every position within an organization, especially when it comes to leaders. Courtesy should be given to everyone regardless of position, rank or age. Unfortunately there are times when military members lack consideration, act in a rude manner or show
0 8/18
2009
Default Air Force Logo Inspire your Airmen to get the job done
We are all leaders no matter what our rank or title. Our goal is to accomplish the mission while helping our troops grow. Whether we are a parent and our mission is to get our children to clean their room or a commander tasked to manage airfield operations, we all have to inspire ourselves and others to get things done. None of us want to be
0 8/13
2009
Default Air Force Logo Basic values!
Making a difference in today's world starts with you! It doesn't matter if you are an airman basic, general officer, retiree or family member. It starts from a simple desire to treat people the way you would like to be treated. It's as easy as actions like sharing, putting things back where you found them, saying you're sorry, picking up a piece of
0 8/06
2009
Default Air Force Logo The best thing to do with your sleeve
With flu season just around the corner, and all the recent hysteria with the H1N1 flu outbreak, I thought it was an appropriate time to discuss cough etiquette and hand washing. Each time you cough or sneeze, you send millions of germs into the atmosphere. Coughs and sneezes spread diseases! Yikes, you do not want to be the one who single-handedly
0 8/03
2009
Default Air Force Logo Air Force culture of responsibility
As Airmen, we have taken a solemn vow to serve and protect our nation, and I commend you for your service. With that service, however, comes great responsibility and the necessity to make proper choices. We are confronted every day with choices, both on and off-duty, that can and do impact both the mission and perception by others of our Air Force
0 8/03
2009
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