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  • A chance for me to say thank you

    I'll be honest; it didn't dawn on me until yesterday. I can understand if you forgot, or didn't notice. It's easy, after all, with last-minute taskers, performance reports to write, doing the daily tasks asked of us- a lot of times I think these recognition months become white noise. You hear it, but you really don't.It's a shame, too. I can't tell
  • Autopsy of an ethical failure

    What leaders can learn from the intercontinental ballistic missile test compromise at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont.As a leader, how can I create a culture ripe for ethical failure? If possible, can I create a culture that will ruin my career and subject myself and my subordinates to negative administrative actions or criminal liability? Although
  • What's your why?

    I recently re-read a book by Simon Sinek titled, "Start with Why, How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action". This book was recommended by the surgeon general for Air Combat Command, Brig. Gen. Daniel Wyman, and I want to share with you just a couple of points from the book to hopefully get you thinking about your "Why."Sinek starts by
  • Are you due?

    Cancer of the colon and/or rectum is known as colorectal cancer. In 2010, roughly 10,366 Texans were diagnosed with colorectal cancer, which resulted in nearly 3,578 deaths that year. Approximately 60 percent of colorectal deaths in America are preventable, but unfortunately 140,000 people are diagnosed with it annually. Men and women who are 50
  • Balancing risk with reward – A strategy for compliance

    Many Airmen suffer through the challenging task of accomplishing the mission while complying with competing direction from Air Force Instructions or other guidance. The mission is never easy and regulatory guidance often constrains your ability to get the job done. Your conclusion may be that you cannot get the mission done while still complying
  • Five reasons it’s awesome to be a woman in the Air Force

    As a woman myself, I may be biased, but there are numerous reasons why it's awesome to be a woman, definitely one that serves her country. In honor of National Women's History Month, here are five reasons why it is awesome to be a woman in the Air Force.1. Women haven't always been able to serve.When President Truman signed the Women's Armed
  • The rules of running

    Running- it's great for toning up, relieving stress and improving your overall quality of life, but what happens when other runners aren't aware of running etiquette? The answer is simple; you get an extremely frustrated runner. Now, you may be wondering, what exactly is running etiquette? Running etiquette is a simple set of unwritten rules that
  • Passing the torch

    Twanna Burke was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and moved to New York with her family when she was 11. Burke became a single mother at 21, and still managed to attend school at Lehman College in Bronx, N.Y. She also worked three part-time jobs, but it wasn't enough to make ends meet. Growing tired of struggling, she decided to take a risk for a chance
  • Five reasons to not drink and drive

    Even though there are many reasons to not drink and drive, here are fivethings to keep in mind before getting behind the wheel.1. You have options if your plans fall through. You can always call a taxi, a wingman or use the Dyess against Drunk Drivingprogram. If worst comes to worst, use your chain of command.2. While getting behind the wheel after
  • Bloom where you are planted

    As spring is upon us and this is a time for new growth, I thought I would share my perspective on how to have a successful career based on mentorship I received both as a child and a military officer. This will not be the end all-be all guidance, but it might just give you a glimpse into a new way of thinking.I grew up as a military kid, the son of