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  • Commentary: Advice for the next generation of Airmen

    In a few days, after a quarter century of commissioned service to our country, I will be laying down the authorities, rights, and privileges of what wearing the uniform of our military symbolizes.  Therefore, I come with a message of leave-taking and farewell, and to share a few final thoughts with you, my fellow Airmen.  When I accepted my commission, I could not have imagined the things I would do in the Air Force, the places I would go, the people I would meet, and the relationships I would forge in the process.  If there is anything worth commenting on about my career, it is the friends I have made which I will continue to cherish long after I retire.  William Butler Yeats’ words echo my thoughts in this regard, “Think where man’s glory most begins and ends, and I say my glory was I had such friends.” 
  • Combined Federal Campaign helps make wishes come true

    It’s that time of year again when we all start hearing about the Combined Federal Campaign and thinking about if or how we want to support these awesome charities. Many times we look at the list and only see the names on a page but there are people here in this wing who have been affected by many of these organizations. I am one of them. 
  • The IG on “complaints” – and how to start change

    When briefing new 310 SW arrivals on the Inspector General program, I share that I am not a big fan of the word “complaint” even as I manage the IG Complaint Resolution Program (CRP). Why? Perhaps because “concern” is a better expression serving the same purpose without negative associations.
  • Honoring with dignity

    The High Frontier honor guard that provides detail services to Schriever and Peterson Air Force Base, is unique. It is unique in the sense it is comprised of members from Air Force bases within the front range including Schriever, Cheyenne Mountain and Peterson AFB. The rotation for a ceremonial guardsman is six months in active service, followed by six months of stand-by duty.
  • Why IG?

    There are a myriad of resources available to military members and it is easy to forget who does what and when to access them.  A diverse catalogue of beneficial services is always a good problem, but it is important to highlight the programs that can provide members help when he or she feels that all their option have been exhausted.   One program
  • Every Airman has a role in preventing sexual assault

    This story is part of the "Commentaries" section on AF.mil. These stories capture the experiences of Airmen from a first-person perspective. Every April we recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month, using it as an opportunity to renew our commitment to treating each other with dignity and respect. I applaud and support the idea of a month focused on
  • In Fort Hood tragedy, a reminder to take care of one another

    As a mental health professional, a military member and a human being, the recent events at Fort Hood, Texas, hit home. For a tragic second time at the same installation, an individual reached the conclusion they had no better way to cope with distress than to harm their fellow service members. Though we are all members of the profession of arms,
  • 6th SOPS celebrates 15 year anniversary as DMSP back up

    The Defense Metrologic Satellite Program has one of the richest histories and legacies of any satellite program. Birthed in a cloak of secrecy in the early 1960s, DMSP has provided timely national priority-one environmental intelligence for well over half a century.Originally operated out of Strategic Air Command's backyard at Offutt AFB, the
  • Defender of the doorstop

    Most of us in the Air Force get into a pretty good routine of things. The morning cup of coffee, the salutations to co-workers, checking Outlook for latest e-mails, performing our duty, then we head home for the day. We are, by nature, creatures of habit.But does that habit mean you walk by the doorstop every morning?We all take pride in the work
  • AFRC commander sends holiday season greetings to Citizen Airmen

    As we finish this year and look forward to the next, I want to thank you for your outstanding commitment and professionalism. You and your fellow Citizen Airmen clearly displayed a "service before self" attitude.From sequestration to the government shutdown, the budget challenges were numerous. I appreciate your dedication to the mission, the Air
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