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  • A Time of Change

    In 1513 Niccolo Machiavelli wrote "There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things." One constant for our military since 1775 is you can expect change.As our joint service students and instructors begin the year 2012, they
  • Beware of Social Media

    In case you missed it, three aides working for Congressman Rick Larsen, from Washington State, were fired last month for boasting on Twitter about drinking on the job, watching videos on the taxpayers' dime and badmouthing their boss. Wow. How badly do the actions a few individuals reflect on one of our nation's highest institutions? It is vitally
  • Mission - Airmen - Family

    Then-Maj. Gen. Robin Rand, formerly the Air Force's Director of Legislative Liaison, took the time to sit me down on several occasions to provide professional and personal mentorship, most recently after I was selected for squadron command last year. An outstanding senior leader and mentor in our Air Force, he posited that the mission, Airmen and
  • Preventing sexual assault with bystander intervention

    Over the last few weeks we have been discussing what a bystander is and the importance of recognizing signs to look for to be a good bystander. Now, let's talk about how to intervene to help prevent sexual assault on Goodfellow.The first step to intervention is assessing the situation. Is it safe for me to intervene? Will intervening put me or
  • My First Air Force Family

    Sometimes I wish I could make time standstill. In the constant changing life we live, every once in awhile I wish a moment would last forever. I remember when Chip and I were stationed at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., while he attended Air Command and Staff College. We had an amazing flight of colleagues that we soon called our good friends. The