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  • “Poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part”

    Phone call: "Hi I need my photo taken for a biography; it's due tomorrow."Have you ever received a task asking for your immediate attention?Most of us have had experiences with last minute requests. Some are entangled in situations that couldn't be avoided, but a majority of them could have.I'd like to focus your attention on the tasks that didn't
  • “Rekindling your passion”

    As people, we should be passionate about our vocation. Webster's Dictionary defines passion as, "A state of feeling or a conscious mental reaction (as anger or fear) subjectively experienced as strong feeling usually directed toward a specific object and typically accompanied by physiological and behavioral changes in the body." I was recently
  • Are You Ready?

    Fitness is a way of life; we must incorporate fitness into our daily regimens and establish an environment for our members to maintain physically fit and maintain healthy lifestyles in order to meet mission requirements. The Fitness Assessment is the primary vehicle we use to determine the fitness of our military personnel. Air Force Instruction
  • Leadership Lessons from the Red Baron

    Most Airmen know Manfred von Richthofen as the Red Baron and the man who shot down over 80 Allied aircraft in World War I--the leading ace from all nations in the "War to end all Wars". Most don't realize that he was also a tremendous squadron commander and leader of warriors. The short version of his leadership biography is that he took command of
  • Fit, focused and fighting for what’s right – legally speaking

    All members of the 39th Air Base Wing should be fit, focused and fighting for what's right, and your legal office is here to help make that happen. Being fit for duty extends well beyond physical fitness. In the legal context, all Airmen should have their personal affairs in order so they can be prepared to deploy at a moment's notice and to
  • Travelers insurance: important for military members and families

    One of the advantages of being in the military is the opportunity to travel and see the world. My family and I were stationed in Japan before we came to Turkey. During our stay we enjoyed the rich culture and traditions of the Japanese which included great food, historic sites and of course, shopping. My family and I were able to visit Tokyo, Mt.
  • Inspire others

    It is more difficult than ever to keep our Airmen and families motivated in today's high operational environment. We expect more from our Airmen at work and more from our families at home and in school. Everyday presents a new challenge with less people, less funding and an ever growing to-do list. As Airmen we have to struggle with juggling all of
  • Commander ‘reflects’ on safety

    This is not just another reflective belt commentary. I'm not going to debate if it's a good idea or not to join the Facebook "I Hate Reflective Belts" group (It's probably not, but they do have some funny photos). Nor am I going to discuss the wisdom of your supervisor downrange who wrote you a letter of reprimand for not wearing your belt on the
  • Fun facts for Valentine's Day

    By now I am sure you have all bought your favorite someone that special Valentine's Day card or gift. After all, it is the most celebrated holiday on the calendar. This day alone brings in $14 billion annually! Yes, 180 million red roses will be bought, and 36 million heart shaped boxes of candy will be sold. And even though most of the chocolate
  • So you want to be a first sergeant?

    So You Want To Be a First Sergeant?Leader, mentor, advisor, enforcer and counselor - these are just a few words that describe a first sergeant. Think you're ready to join the ranks of elite senior non-commissioned officers in a challenging career field of hand-picked, high-speed professionals? What does a first sergeant do?According to Air Force