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  • 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
  • Intellectual pursuits: The Year of Continuing Education

    Building upon the success of the 2011 "Year of the Community College of the Air Force," AFMC will continue the initiative for 2012 and beginning this month will launch into the "Year of Continuing Education." Continuing education benefits all us - Officer, Enlisted, and Air Force Civilians - at every point in our careers. Effective Airmen and Air
  • The dos and don'ts of the political season

    With the excitement of the presidential primaries lurking around the corner, there are a few things Airmen must remember during this upcoming political season.When you joined the military or became a federal employee, you did so with the knowledge that this decision came with some sacrifice.Everyone is encouraged to register to vote, research
  • 2011 a time of successes, 2012 will bring change

    As the holidays draw close and the year winds down, we have an opportunity to reflect on the past 12 months and think ahead about what's to come. I would like to thank our team of more than 85,000 hard-working Airmen--military and civilian. As a result of your talents and professionalism, we have seen many successes this year across all of our
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