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17th Communications Squadron Reflection
How and why do you serve? By taking a look and reflecting on two topics, you might be able to find your answers. I’ll quickly cover the attitudes we decide to carry and how to find your sense of purpose.We all enjoy being around people with positive attitudes versus someone with a negative attitude. So why do people decide to have a negative
0 5/16
2018
(Courtesy Photo) Faithful to a Proud Heritage
I’m looking for an Italian to marry. That’s usually how I like to punctuate explanations of my half-German, half-Japanese heritage (rounding out the Axis powers, get it?). I’ve always felt equally German and Japanese. Once the U.S. team is knocked out of the World Cup, I throw my full support behind Germany. Got an early start on that this year.
0 5/08
2018
Master Sgt. Ron Harris, 307th Maintenance Squadron, checks for leaks on the engines of a B-52 Stratofortress prior to performing an engine run on Barksdale Air Force Base, La. June 29, 2017. All eight Pratt and Whitney turbofan engines are carefully inspected before the bomber is returned to service after a phase inspection. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dachelle Melville/Released) Accountability
“The time is always right to do what is right.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.Growing up in small town Arkansas, the response to the many challenges of troubled youths was often “you need to join the military to get some discipline.” While the military does give us the training and regimen to act in accordance with rules and norms, I would offer it is
0 5/02
2018
National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-down, May 8-19, 2017. Preaching to the Choir
Now as you know by now, I am not a man of the “cloth” so I am not trying to cross over into the Chaplain Borger’s swim lane.  However the term, “preaching to the choir” is relevant when it comes to discussing and understanding the many different facets of the safety process within your groups, squadrons and agencies. As you all know, in World Class
0 4/19
2018
Quote of the Day: "Stronger than Yesterday" Professional Development: Every Airman has a role
The Oxford Dictionary defines professional development as “the development of competence or expertise in one's profession.”  In the Profession of Arms, this ranges from occupational skills or technical expertise in one’s career field to institutional competencies, which are key to providing the agility necessary to operate successfully in a
0 4/18
2018
Awesome Being Awesome Airmen
I don’t claim to be awesome. My authority to write on this topic is owed to the great honor and privilege of working with awesome Airmen over the years. While names have been changed to respect privacy, the following anecdotes provide examples of awesomeness we can emulate.Awesome Airmen believe in themselves. Senior Airman Jones timidly showed up
0 4/09
2018
Nine Wicket Nine Wicket
Here’s an interesting tidbit.  Croquet was an Olympic sport just one time all the way back in 1900.  Three people signed up for the event and one person purchased a ticket.  After that croquet never returned.  Honestly, where can you learn this type of interesting minutia?  The Monthly Safety Message!Personally my workout regimen is supplemented by
0 3/29
2018
5 more minutes Five more minutes
As leaders and wingmen, it is imperative that we make time for our Airmen. If you say you have an “open-door-policy” make sure you are living up to your part of that deal and that the saying is not a cliché. Our Airmen go through a myriad of life stressors and sometimes need to talk. On the other hand, sometimes they just want career advice or just to bend your ear -- but you never know unless YOU listen. There is nothing so important that you can’t spare five minutes of your time to listen. You actually might just save a life. It is said that smart people learn from their mistakes, wise people learn from other’s mistakes… Be wise.
0 3/20
2018
(U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines) From trainee to Airman (Career part two)
As I sat on the plane bound for a place where I imagined I would be challenged and pushed to my limits, I contemplated what awaited me at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. The next step on my journey to a new life. I was on my way to Basic Military Training. Everything I needed, until my first clothing issue, sat under my chair. “Just
0 3/15
2018
Courtesy photo Props to the Defensive Driving Pitch
Honestly, have you ever had one of those days that were really, really bad? You figured you could park the plane with no problems on your own, but for some reason you forgot that the prop was still turning. As always, you were more concerned about ensuring you had just enough room on the driver’s side to ensure your door didn’t ding their door. So
0 3/08
2018
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