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    Over the last three weeks there has been a plethora of emotions that have been running through a good majority of the men and women in Wing One in light of recent events - shock, disbelief, anger, sadness and, most of all, fear of the unknown. All of these emotions felt all at once by a single event and you have to ask yourself why? Because one of
  • Lessons my mustache taught me

    In February, Mustache March was a grand idea. In my mind's eye, I saw myself proudly strutting through the squadron bristling with masculine whiskers, fending off fawning admirers while humbly accepting effusive compliments on my bodacious mustache. Yet, as with many things in life, reality was far different. Let's just say that my grooming time
  • AFSA: Airmen helping Airmen

    I'm sure many of you have heard of the Air Force Sergeants Association, or AFSA, and probably wondered, "what is that all about?" AFSA is a non-profit organization solely dedicated to representing enlisted active-duty members, retirees, veterans and their families. In a nut shell, we are Airmen for Airmen.When AFSA speaks, Washington listens. It's
  • Hard at work

    "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." -Edmund BurkeSeventy-six years ago, on March 12, Nazi Germany annexed Austria. This annexation was also called the Anschluss.Good men stood by and just thought that eventually Hitler would be appeased. Just let him have Austria, so he'll be happy. Well, maybe Yugoslavia,
  • Mustache March: More than meets the lip

    Editor's Note: Information in this article was taken from http://www.acc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123294918Even if your spouse doesn't follow college sports, there is a chance that they are aware of March Madness, better known as 'Mustache March.' Air Force wide, March has been designated as a time for men to express their manliness and their
  • What I wish I knew as a junior officer

    I received my assignment notification last month, so this will probably be my final opportunity to write an article for the Global Guardian. It makes me reflect a bit, but I've been reflecting a lot on officership lately and what it means to me to serve in the greatest Air Force on Earth. It probably has a lot to do with recent events at Malmstrom,
  • Airman's Council: Leading on our level

    The Airman's Council is possibly one of the most influential private organizations at Malmstrom Air Force Base. It is a resource for base-wide and community volunteer events, self-development for Airmen in the pay grades of E1 to E4 and improving the quality of life for Airmen.The 5/6 Alliance Mentorship Committee director, Tech. Sgt. Elizabeth
  • First-line supervisors: Be the light

    Being a first-line supervisor is an awesome responsibility. Not too long ago, I witnessed a pretty cool analogy as to what helps our junior officers and enlisted professionals "make it" as followers in today's Air Force, considering all of the force shaping initiatives underway. Of all places, this analogy came from watching a documentary on sea
  • Giving good feedback: Essential leadership for growing Airmen

    Throughout our lives, we have received guidance, teaching, mentorship, grades, punishments and awards. When these things were done as a reaction to things we did (or didn't do) we were receiving feedback on our performance. This collection of experiences has molded us into the people and Airmen that we are today. As supervisors, we are charged with
  • Assessing the Health and Wellness of the Command

    With the new year comes new changes; as the old saying goes, "out with the old and in with the new." The Unit Climate Assessment as we've known it has been replaced with the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute Organizational Climate Survey. The DEOCS program was launched four years ago and has already been in use by the Army, Navy,