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  • Leadership lessons from Yogi Berra

    On Sept. 22 we lost a great American, Lawrence "Yogi" Berra. For those that don't know, Yogi Berra was born to Italian immigrant parents and went on to become an 18-time All-Star, 10-time World Series champion, and three-time MVP.  He played 18 seasons with the Yankees and one with the Mets before continuing on as a manager and coach until his
  • Health care administrators, entrusted to facilitate health care

    Active-duty members, their families and retirees of Malmstrom Air Force Base trust our doctors, nurses and medical technicians to provide high-quality, safe and professional health care.  Patients may only see their provider during a visit; however, a largely hidden yet critical component of the health care delivery team is the administrators
  • A perspective on commitment

    When we first become an Airman, whether enlisted, officer or civilian, we take an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies foreign and domestic. What does that mean? Looking back on over four decades of service, my perspective has changed from when I first enlisted to today serving as a civil servant.The
  • Spiritual resilience: Strengthening the human "within"

    Sometimes it's easier to convey a truth with a word picture, a parable that is thrown down alongside a reality making it easier to grasp. Spirituality and spiritual resilience are "built-fit" for this.  So here's my attempt to turn the "landing-light" on this critical component of lives.  Let's start with open ocean racing. Have you seen the yachts
  • Take steps to prevent identity theft

    Did you know that the Department of Defense has announced that approximately 4 million current and former DoD employees' information may have been compromised? These members should have already been notified and will receive free subscriptions to CSID Protector Plus for 18 months. But what have you done to prevent and mitigate identity theft?There
  • Run because you can

    In an editorial entitled, "Never saw this coming...Lessons learned in trying times," former Air Force Personnel Center commander Maj. Gen. A.J. Stewart wrote, "Be fit, be strong and be healthy every day. Fitness is not about just passing the Air Force Fitness Test or deploying, it is about saving your life. A well-rested, strong body and a healthy
  • Balancing motherhood and the mission

    It's an exciting time for female service members who balance the mission with motherhood. July alone featured three major decisions assisting military moms and families.  After the Navy took the lead in lengthening paid maternity leave from six to 18 weeks, the Air Force is now starting conversations in extending maternity leave as well.  With
  • Lifetime learner: What's the newest tool in your toolbox?

    We juggle many mission needs every day and the associated personnel support to take care of our people.  Take a moment to think about the last time you operated outside your comfort zone.  I caution against the perception that you don't need any more training because you've been around a long time.As Air Force leaders, it is our duty to grow the
  • Brothers in arms: A story of three Airmen

    The bond between brothers is a very special thing. As the oldest of three, this bond holds a very special place in my heart.In the military, it is also common to hear people refer to the men and women who perform this duty of service, brothers and sisters in arms.To live, work and die next to someone who maybe a couple weeks ago was a complete
  • Safety starts with you

    "The second day of July 1776, will be the most memorable epocha, in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding generations, as the great anniversary festival...It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade with shews, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to