• Why leadership is like a box of chocolates

    In the 1994 movie Forrest Gump, actor Tom Hanks as the movie's main character states, "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get." If you've ever received a box of chocolates, you'll recall that you typically have a variety of chocolates of different flavors, sizes and shapes ­-- each a mystery until you indulge. As
  • Is Fear Holding You Back?

    In the summer of 1990, while on summer break between my freshman and sophomore years of college, I received a phone call from my ROTC detachment. They wanted to know if I would accept the position of 'GMC Advisor' upon returning in the fall. "What's that?" I asked. The voice on the other end of the phone explained that if I accepted the position, I
  • Good, bad news in early USAFE fitness returns

    After a month of testing under the new USAF Fitness Tables, there is both bad news and good news in U.S. Air Forces in Europe. The bad news is that in more than 2,000 tests administered in the month of July, our failure rate is approximately 23 percent. The good news is that a significant number of Airmen failing the test are falling short in areas
  • Vivi e la vita godere!

    It's a beautiful, sunny morning in Northern Italy. You and your family have just stepped off the plane and taken your first steps in Europe. You are living the dream! Living and working in Europe for the next few years. What more could an American family ask for?Unfortunately, for some, the euphoria quickly fades as reality sets in. Whether this is
  • Put me in coach

    As I remember my days playing little league baseball, I remember getting ready for the big games, making sure my uniform, cleats and glove were in top condition. I would pressure my parents to have me at the ball park early enough to make sure the coach knew I was ready to play. As game time neared and I listened intently to where I would be
  • Customer service: Efficient or effective?

    Of our 10 assignments, Aviano is truly unique; it's a double-edged sword. On one side, there are the majestic mountains, beautiful beaches, the rich history, the fascinating culture and fantastic cuisine all in our backyard. On the other side, we have a multi-faceted and very demanding mission without amenities and support services from home.
  • Protecting Personally Identifiable Information

    As the Department of Defense relies more and more on cyberspace to achieve national military objectives, adversaries are constantly looking for avenues of approach to exploit cyberspace to gain strategic, operational, and tactical advantage. As a result, it is the responsibility of all U.S. Air Forces in Europe personnel to protect our networks and
  • Information Discipline

    "Even minutiae should have a place in our collection, for things of a seemingly trifling nature, when enjoined with others of a more serious cast, may lead to valuable conclusion." When General George Washington first spoke those words, his intentions were to impress upon his soldiers that the protection of information was vital to a successful
  • Everyone makes a difference

    Why am I here, does what I do really make any difference? These frequently thought and asked questions are central to our success. Rank, Air Force Specialty Codes, skill level and position don't make these questions less important. The answers are key to why integrity is first, why we strive for excellence and underline our service. They hold the
  • Expanded digital access requires same common sense

    Social networking sites are open to Air Force servicemembers and employees in the workplace. United States Air Forces Europe opened access to social media sites May 10.This change to policy has raised many questions about using social media officially and personally in the workplace."The Air Force has opened what is being referred to as