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Default Air Force Logo A Legacy of Valor
My favorite line from the Air Force creed is "I am faithful to a proud heritage, a tradition of honor, and a legacy of valor". Thirteen Former Prisoners of War represented that legacy of valor while sitting in a banquet room at the Big Spring Country Club last Friday, where I was honored to be the guest speaker for this group of American heroes.
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Default Air Force Logo ROTC Eye for the College Guy or Gal: Straight Talk Insight from an AFROTC Alumnus
Why do you want to join the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps?What is it about this program that caught your eye? Is it the uniform? The camaraderie? The benefits? Or could it be a combination of all three, topped by a healthy dose of patriotism? Before reading any further, I urge you to please pause and ask yourself why you are considering
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Default Air Force Logo When it rains, it pours for deployed spouses
When it rains, it pours. I think every deployed spouse has muttered that under their breath. It never fails, when your husband or wife is deployed, something major always happens in your life. It's up to you to handle it and bounce back. I think the word they like to throw around is resilience. However, I call it something a little more useable in
0 9/04
Default Air Force Logo The Importance of Solitude
"Go placidly amid the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence".DesiderataFormer 17th Medical Support Squadron Commander, Lt. Col. Tyler Sanders, came to me and asked to discuss the personal development plan he'd crafted for himself as part of an Air War College project. In the plan, he illustrated what he believed his
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Default Air Force Logo Frederick the Great's Leadership Lessons Still Applicable 300 Years Later
Frederick II was born in Berlin in 1712, son of King Frederick William I. As a boy he was drawn to arts and sciences rather than war and politics, but after ascending to his father's throne he demonstrated a brilliant military mind while uniting scattered territories to build Prussia into a formidable European power. He came to be called "Frederick
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Default Air Force Logo A Leader Knows...
A friend of mine and fellow squadron commander recently recommended that I watch a presentation that our incoming Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark Welsh, gave to Squadron Officers School several years ago. My friend had warned me that it was not a short video, almost 90 minutes, but that it would be well worth the time. I'll be honest, when I sat down to
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Default Air Force Logo Life Lessons from a Goodfellow legend
Growing up the son of an F-4 Phantom II fighter pilot, I can't tell you how many stories I've heard about legendary fighter pilots and their heroics. Even today, I get regular updates on warriors like Texas legend Oliver "Ollie" Crawford, flying his shark-tooth painted, Commemorative Air Force P-40 Warhawk form air show to air show. But it wasn't
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The conical Hall of Names near the end of Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, shows hundreds of personal pictures of those who perished during the Holocaust. (Courtesy photo)
Why do we remember the Holocaust?
The U.S. Congress has established this week, April 15-22, as our annual Days of Remembrance, a time to commemorate the atrocities of the Holocaust. During this somber week of remembrance, we remember the victims and honor the survivors of the Nazi's systematic persecution and annihilation of six million European Jews from 1933-1945. Throughout this
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Default Air Force Logo 'Greening-up' makes cents
In a previous commentary, I touched on the value of "ownership" - the idea that we each own a piece of the Air Force and should endeavor to build its success. Well, Earth Day is right around the corner, and it presents an opportunity to take pride in ownership. Earth Day, occurring on April 22 this year, is often celebrated by planting trees,
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Default Air Force Logo Tigger-like attitude
Tigger had it right! There is no better attitude than his to exemplify the word resilience. Tigger bounces around with a positive attitude constantly singing and enjoying every moment the day has to offer. One of his favorite songs to sing is a perfect example of the resiliency that Tigger displays: The most wonderful thing about Tiggers, is
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