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  • NOBLESSE OBLIGE: The Original Core Value!

    The phrase Noblesse Oblige was once a byword for any noble of merit. Translating to "nobility obliges", the words represent the idea that nobility has an obligation to demonstrate impeccable conduct and to protect and serve one's subordinates. The proliferation of democracy has rendered the noble class an anachronism; lords, monarchies and feudal
  • Uncertainties leave fiscal challenges ahead

    During this time of national fiscal uncertainties and increased budget reductions across the Department of Defense, we can no longer afford to rely on inaccurate estimates, count on robust funding and bountiful year-end closeouts. The command is facing a $40 million risk for fiscal year 2012, and as ambassadors of government funds, solid
  • 10th anniversary of 9/11 a time to remember heroes who died as well as heroes who emerged

    Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of one of the greatest tragedies to ever occur in our nation. It was 10 years ago we watched as terrorists attacked America and killed nearly 3,000 innocent people. The terrorist attacks taught us a hard lesson, that we are not isolated from those who seek to destroy our precious freedom. Since then, we have
  • Smart time investment turns to 'profits'

    Smart investment of your time can guarantee "profits," but it's how you choose to spend your time that lays a foundation for both you and your subordinates. Your time is valuable, so invest it wisely. Most people think of money when they hear the word 'invest,' but it really holds a much deeper meaning. Today's investment opportunities are a
  • Vector check - why do you serve?

    In recent weeks there's been a lot of chatter at the water coolers about the future of the Air Force. Folks are concerned, and it's evident from their comments: Is my contract going to get cut? What about retirement benefits? Forget doing more with less, soon we'll be doing everything with nothing! Their concerns are understandable; our country and
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