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Col. Thomas W. Geary, 17th Training Wing commander, Goodfellow AFB, Texas.  Goodfellow is an Air Education and Training Command base.  The mission of the 17th Training Wing is to "Train World-Class Firefighting and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Warriors." Welcome 2010 - Looking Forward to a Year of Opportunities and Excellence
    Welcome back! I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful holiday and took some time off to relax. What a great year 2009 was. I have been continually impressed by the professionalism and dedication of our team, and I know with batteries recharged, we have a great 2010 ahead of us. Every day, the 17th Training Wing Team and Team Goodfellow provide our
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Default Air Force Logo The Future of Our Nation is in your Hands
The following quote was extracted from Thomas C. Shilling, from the foreword to Pearl Harbor: Warning and Decision, by Roberta Wohlstetter (Stanford University Press, 1962). "Surprise, when it happens to a government, is likely to be a complicated, diffuse, bureaucratic thing. It includes neglect of responsibility, but also responsibility so poorly
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Default Air Force Logo The Holiday Season--Time for Reflection
Happy Holidays! This time of season is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the many blessings of the last year and look forward to another filled with all kinds of ways to challenge each of us as individuals, units and organizations. We at the 315th Training Squadron take tremendous pride in transforming and implementing a world-class
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Default Air Force Logo Happy Thanksgiving
As we celebrate Thanksgiving this year, let us pause, reflect and count the blessings in our lives. Be thankful for living in the United States of America, a country where we all can enjoy the freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution.Be thankful for the men and women serving every day protecting and defending our freedom.Be thankful for our service
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Default Air Force Logo Thanksgiving Letter to Parents of Airmen
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Bailey,As Thanksgiving approaches, I want to take the opportunity to thank you. You see, I command 650 Airmen in the 314th Training Squadron at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, Presidio of Monterey, California. Your son Airman Beetle Bailey has recently joined my unit in order to learn Persian Farsi, a
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Default Air Force Logo Success with Honor
"Success without honor is like unseasoned food; it may satisfy your hunger but it will leave a bad taste in your mouth." Joe PaternoJoe Paterno has won more games than any other college coach in history with 383 wins and counting. It would be an understatement to say he knows something about success. His thought on success goes straight to the
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Default Air Force Logo Marines, a quick shot
    In honor of the United States Marine Corps 234th birthday on Nov. 10, I wanted to take this opportunity to share some history with our sister services.    In accordance with the Continental Marine Act of 1775, the Congress decreed "That two battalions of Marines be raised consisting of one colonel, two lieutenant-colonels, two majors and other
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Members of the 311th and 314th Training Squadron stand at parade rest prior to the stand-up of the 517th Training Group at the Presidio of Monterey, Calif., May 15. The 517 TRG encompasses the two training squadrons and replaced the Air Force Element. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. John Barton) First Four Months of Command: “Top 10” Lessons Learned
   My first four months of command at the 311th Training Squadron at the Presidio of Monterey have already brought some important lessons learned - some expected, but others surprising. In the spirit of David Letterman's "Top 10" list, herewith is a list of my own "Top 10." Fellow commanders - both sitting and graduated - will surely relate to many
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Default Air Force Logo CARE line, because we care
I truly believe that technology saves time, but I've also seen how it can waste time. It all depends on what the circumstances are. I am a First Sergeant so I carry a Blackberry. I use the excuse that I just turned thirty-nine, but I had to read the instruction manual three times, ask the communications focal point for assistance four times and
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Default Air Force Logo Personalizing Your Leadership
If you look backward and no one is following, you are not leading. No matter how well you manage your office or unit, your success ultimately depends on how well you lead others to reach goals. One of the most common reasons our Airmen cite for leaving our beloved Air Force is that they faced poor management and uninspiring leadership during their
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