• Crime prevention

    Fortunately, we had an uneventful week, so we'll keep the Blotter Bonehead Award in its special place until next week. Since we had a quiet week, we'll use this space to offer a few tips to help you avoid qualifying for the much-sought-after Award. Did you know Italian law requires every vehicle on public property, which includes all of Aviano Air
  • We must never forget

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the most important and influential figures in the 20th century. We honor him because he promoted the concept of brotherly love and showed us the way to racial harmony in order to build this nation rather than destroying it. He led march after march in the streets of America and even to the governor's mansion,
  • Thank you Aviano community

    On Nov. 8, 2007, Aviano suffered a very tragic loss and everyone one came together as a family to support those families who lost loved ones. That day turned many lives upside down, however the entire Hauprich family has been blessed by the out pouring support from our Aviano extended family where many went into action to help us out. There isn't
  • The importance of individual responsibility

    In the United States we face an epidemic. In 2004, the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention ranked obesity as the number one health threat facing America. Obesity currently results in an estimated 400,000 deaths annually and costs nearly $122.9 billion. The issue is complex but the bottom line is people are choosing to consume more calories
  • Kindergartener teaches life lesson

    As anyone with children would attest, little ones tend to surprise you and teach you a life lesson when you least expect it. This past May, my 5-year-old twin girls came home from their kindergarten class each with a "book" they had been working on for weeks at school. It was an end-of-year project of sorts. The kindergarteners were instructed to
  • Kicking the habit: Chronicles of smoking from a personal perspective

    Editor's note: This is the first part of a three part series documenting a smoker's attempt to quit. I started smoking when I was 16. I did not have a steady home. It was difficult finding a place to stay most nights. When I could, I spent the night at my friend's houses, but when I couldn't, parks, benches and alleyways were all I had. At the time
  • The culture of responsible choices

    As we make our way through and complete a Wingman Week here, I thought it fitting to share some thoughts on the wingman concept and the concept of the Culture of Responsible Choices, or CoRC. The wingman concept was born in the war-torn skies over Europe during the First World War, where it was quickly learned flying solo against the enemy had
  • Attitude determines outcome

    I know what you may be thinking - another rant about attitude from someone who can't relate. However, the importance of attitude cannot be overstated or repeated often enough. Your personal circumstance is unique to you. Marital status, upbringing, finances, current trouble or joys all impact your outlook. The one thing that you have complete and
  • Don’t forget your battle-rattle

    When I deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, one phrase I quickly learned was my need to wear my "battle-rattle." Given the risks associated with being in Baghdad this individual protective equipment of a helmet and protective vest with embedded ceramic plates were important additions to my uniform. Given an attack, this individual protective equipment might
  • Twenty five years of change

    I woke up the other day and realized that I'd just rolled over 25 years in the Air Force. Pretty amazing since I never thought I'd make it through my first four years much less make a career out of it; but that's another story in itself. As I look back over those 25 years, I'm struck by how much the Air Force has changed. During the last quarter