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  • Attention All Airmen: Air Force Holds Sexual Assault Offenders Accountable, Sexual Assault Convictions Are Now On-Line

    I'd like to take a moment and draw your attention to a recent addition to the official Air Force website. Did you know that the Air Force now publishes sexual assault convictions on-line? Anyone can visit this website and review more than 100 sexual assault convictions from across the Air Force, to include viewing them by base. You'll notice many
  • Run Forest Run

    Do something for you. The world we live in and the pressures we all face can be daunting at times. Don't you wish you could escape it every now and then and go somewhere special? A place you could think straight, feel better, and actually improve your livelihood? I found such a place in running and you could too. Sounds a bit far-fetched, but some
  • Why I Serve?

    As a child, my father would tell me countless stories of the sufferings he had to endure. In my father's country there were little resources due to electoral fraud and a military government that resorted to political murder. It eventually led to a bloody civil war in the 1970s and 80s. Everywhere you turned there were hungry mothers, fathers and
  • Reinforce compliance, accept nothing less

    Aircraft maintenance is a challenging and rewarding endeavor. Success for a maintainer is seeing a job through to completion, fixing an elusive discrepancy and watching a Bone or Herc take-off into the wild blue yonder as it flies toward a combat or training mission. Failure, though, can take many forms. The worst is the loss of life and equipment,
  • What it means to be a club member

    You may have heard comments like, "Being a club member is a waste of money," or "If I joined the club I would not get my money's worth." However, do you really know what you get out of a club membership? Do you know what happens to your membership contributions?Club membership has existed since the days of the U.S. Army Air Corps and is a cultural
  • Standards by Example

    We often talk about setting the standards for our Airmen to follow and holding them accountable when they fail to do so. In my opinion, the best way to teach adherence to the standards is through example. This became painfully clear to me one summer morning at unit PT. Back in 2009, when I was a technical sergeant stationed at Patrick AFB, I was an
  • The Helmet Habit

    According to the Emergency Medical Services Authority, or EMSA, 900 people die each year from injuries sustained in bicycle accidents and more than 567,000 end up in hospital emergency rooms. More importantly, 350,000 of those injuries are from children under the age of 15. What does this mean? We need to do a better job of protecting our children
  • GMVs: Official Use or Misuse … What’s the Difference?

    There are more than 435 Government Motor Vehicles, or GMVs, in the 7th Bomb Wing fleet and most are issued to units and used daily to support the Team Dyess mission. That begs the question, "Do you know the difference between official use and misuse of GMVs?" I am sure we are all aware that we can use a GMV for work related travel, but did you know
  • Are you involved or committed?

    One day I was driving from a TDY location to the airport after completing some training. During the drive, I switched the radio station from music to a talk show. This particular show had a motivational speaker on the air. He used a question that was simple and effective in delivering his message. He started by asking, "Are you involved or
  • Empowerment: Lead, follow and get out of the way

    "To lead the people, walk behind them." - Lao TzuI remember sitting beside my son one Christmas morning as he was putting together a model airplane he just unwrapped. By looking at the box, it was going to look pretty cool. But as my son started to use too much glue and stick pieces in the wrong places, I realized it was going to end up looking