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  • Commentary: Integrity First

    I’ve worked with the military for 17 years, so I’m very familiar with the Airman’s motto, “"Integrity first, Service before self, Excellence in all we do."This weekend, I saw a kind stranger take that motto beyond the call of duty, showing that Airman’s core values are lived outside Robins’ gates.Our family was on the way home from celebrating my
  • When Stealing is OK

    My name is Colonel Pat Miller, and I am a professional thief. I have been doing it for 19 years, and I’m not worried about being caught.
  • Let's have a cup of coffee

    Regardless of your profession, many of us have all been in positions defining the required "Leadership" and "Management" qualifications as an expectation of our ability to execute our office. But like many things, no two are alike and not one will prevail without the help of another.
  • Perspective: Key Spouse Program not just a social club

    A  Key Spouse Program can make the difference between an ordinary Air Force squadron and an extraordinary squadron.  The adage that the Air Force recruits individuals but retains families is woven into the foundation of every successful key spouse program. My philosophy for implementing a successful squadron program starts with a close exploration
  • AFSC commander reflects on MLK's leadership, courage

    This month we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a civil rights leader, a courageous patriot and a man of integrity who espoused peaceful actions to obtain equality for African Americans in this country.  Our nation’s founding fathers enshrined the idea of equal rights for all Americans in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be
  • Perspective: Be blessed, not stressed this Thanksgiving

    So often, we take the blessings in our lives for granted. Whether it’s the expectation we’ll wake up in the morning or the notion that we’ll come home safely to our families at the end of each day, most of us are guilty of viewing these and countless other blessings as if they were guarantees. We complain about things more than we boast about the
  • Perspective: Thoughts on Squadron Leadership

    'We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."-- Albert Einstein " ... the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual."-- Galileo GalileiI am of two minds when considering my time writing about leadership philosophy. On the one hand, I am bewildered as to what
  • I am resilent because ... I fail well

    “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. -Thomas A. Edison. Thomas A. Edison, is probably most well-known for his invention of the light bulb. What many don’t know is that he was a spectacular failure. He truly understood that no great success was achieved without failure along the way. Unfortunately, not everyone will be a
  • Independence Day ... a time to reflect on past, think of future

    Fireworks, family, food and fun. Those are some of the words that come to mind when thinking about the upcoming Fourth of July holiday ... but it's so much more than that.Generation after generation, groups of young men and women take up the profession of arms or support it through federal service, and it's not a profession we entered into lightly.
  • My educational journey: No excuses

    When I joined the Air Force in April 1985, my goal was to do four years and return back home with a college degree. My older brother had already set the example for me when he joined the Air Force a decade earlier. His four year enlistment led to him achieving a four year degree. So, if it worked for my big brother, it should work for me. That
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