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  • Military children: Heroes for the future

    Every April, military children have reason to celebrate - it's the Month of the Military Child.In 1986, Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger designated April as Month of the Military Child as a way to honor military children for their sacrifice and courage.  For the last 29 years, military installations, organizations and communities have created
  • Practice personal safety, security

    With more information than ever available in the public realm, everyone has the responsibility to safeguard sensitive information, both on the job and at home. Information that may seem harmless by itself can be pieced together with other information to form a more complete and sometimes harmful picture by our adversaries.There are a few steps
  • Celebrating Women's History Month

    Many can easily identify who our first president was, who the first man on the moon was and even who the first African-American U.S. Supreme Court justice was.  Most of the commonly known milestone achievements are recognized to be accomplished by men, but what many are unaware of is that women have been making breakthroughs in history for over 300
  • Taking care of those things that really matter

    Every day I am faced with challenges I must conquer and decisions I must make.  These can and will happen in every area of our lives; at home and at work.  Often these challenges will add pressures to my life that I have to deal with.  When this happens it is vital I take care of the things that really matter.  These are the things at my core that
  • Micromanagement vs. micro-information

    A leadership concern I've heard throughout my career is that bosses can be "micromanagers."  I understand the concern and have wrestled with it myself.  I wonder, however, if at some point leaders who are responsible for a mission, objective or task have an inherent right (I did not say "necessity") to make any decision or know about any resource,
  • Staying away from ethical cliffs

    I remember hearing a story when I was a boy that went something like this - A man was looking to hire a wagon team that could haul his goods through steep mountain cliffs. He interviewed three different drivers.  The first said he could drive the wagon within one foot of the road's edge.  The second said he could do it within six inches.  The third
  • Celebrating Black History Month

    Pop quiz - what famous person invented the light bulb?  Sorry, no multiple choice answers here, but if you guessed Thomas Edison then good job!  Second question - who wrote the Emancipation Proclamation?  If you knew it was President Abraham Lincoln then I assume you know a little bit of history.  Last question - what athlete left the biggest
  • Learning from our K-9 counterparts

    It's a bad guy's worst nightmare. An 85-pound "blur of black and gray fur" running after him at 35 mph and closing fast. When the bad guy looks back, he sees two big green eyes fixated on him and only him, and then notices the sharp teeth extending from black lips to take a bite out of the slowest part of his body.Knowing that if he keeps running a
  • Second chances

    I believe in second chances - professionally, personally.  Without second chances, where would most of us be today? I was given more than one second chance during the last 16 years and I constantly ask myself why that is.  What was the common thread with my bosses and leadership, which allowed them to have the grace to grant me and others another
  • Mission effectiveness relies on equal treatment of all

    Over the past 20 days I have been shadowing the 341st Missile Wing Equal Opportunity office as a potential retrainee. During this time I have learned a plethora of things, but the most important is how unit cohesion has a direct impact on the Air Force mission. Also, I have learned that things that we do day-to-day can have a negative impact on