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  • Leadership in challenging times: Integrity also means consistency

    Every Airman knows that "Integrity First" is the foundational pillar of our core values, and we all understand what it means. We will always strive to do the right thing and be honest in all that we do. I also believe integrity carries with it the idea of consistency in how we conduct every aspect of our lives. Recently, I took the out brief of an
  • Energy Awareness: Foundation for cultural, behavioral change

    This month we celebrate National Energy Awareness Month. This year's theme, "A Sustainable Energy Future; Putting All the Pieces Together", encourages everyone to see themselves as a piece of the puzzle fitting into the big picture. No matter how big the problem may appear, the fact remains that each of us is a part of the solution. Energy has
  • Finding balance is a fine art

    Do you ever feel like you are juggling a lot of balls and just hoping it all does not come crashing down? Or do you find yourself wishing there were more hours in the day? Every day it seems that my to-do list continues to grow beyond what I completed. I feel like I am constantly juggling between my professional and personal lives. Of course,
  • Fighting on frontline of cyber space combat

    "Kinder weapons represent a derivative of the new concept of weapons ...Whether it involves electromagnetic energy weapons for hard destruction or soft-strikes by computer logic bombs, network viruses, or media weapons, all are focused on paralyzing and undermining, not personnel casualties." - Colonels Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui, authors of the
  • National anthems offer time for reflection

    At 4:45 p.m. every day, the sounding of retreat rings in our ears and we stand at attention as the anthems of our two great nations play over the giant voice at Aviano Air Base, Italy. I use this time to reflect on my experiences while deployed to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, serving at the Craig Joint Theatre Hospital, also known as Task Force
  • Five steps toward financial security

    As the 31st Comptroller Squadron commander, I thought it only fitting to use this opportunity to discuss how Aviano Airman can become financially ready. So much in the headlines today speaks of finances. Think of the economic situation in the U.S., the roller coaster ride of the stock market, the immense amount of identity theft, how can you ignore
  • Airman's perspective on good leadership

    What makes a good leader? Most people affiliated with the military have their own perception of what a good leader is. Over time, I've learned that leadership is the key to any organization's success and have formed my own opinion on what it takes to be a good leader. I've read books and heard speakers discuss leadership and have followed some
  • Remembering why we serve

    In the summer of 2006 while assigned to the U.S. Air Force Academy, I met a young man who reinforced the reason why I serve. I was about to enter an elevator when he and his mother, an instructor at the academy, walked in preparing to ascend to the upper floors of the academic building. The mother introduced me to her son and I could already size
  • Every Airman a part of the fight - special thank you to 3rd Air Force Communicators

    Every Airman within 3rd Air Force plays a critical role in executing the Air Force's overall mission, taking the fight to the adversary. The individual contributions of each individual Airman is the determining factor between mission success or failure. As 3rd Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Philip Breedlove and I travel throughout the European
  • Two simple words: 'Thank you'

    I recall many years ago a sage senior NCO asking a group of young Airmen which of them had the most important job in the Air Force. Many raised their hands to express the importance of their specific function to the mission and to declare they had the most important job in the Air Force. When all was said and done, the senior NCO reminded each
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