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Default Air Force Logo An equation for success: Aptitude plus attitude equals altitude
Aptitude and attitude are both essential attributes for success. Aptitude and attitude will ultimately determine your altitude. It's a notion I see proven again and again by the members in my organizations and at duty stations throughout our Air Force. A proper focus coupled with an ever-expanding knowledge of a specific career field is what gives
0 8/10
2009
Default Air Force Logo Without a bone marrow donor, I wouldn't be here today
A couple of months after I PCS'd to McGuire Air Force Base, I started to get sharp pains in my abdomen. Like a normal hard-headed male, I thought to myself, "No big deal, the pain will go away." The pain continued to get worse, and after ten days I finally broke down and swallowed my pride. I went to the base clinic, and the doctor ordered an
0 7/15
2009
Default Air Force Logo Life is too short; don't let it go up in smoke
My uncle died April 30 from lung and brain cancer, most likely caused by smoking for 50 years. He was diagnosed with cancer less than three months ago.Likewise, my father died from lung cancer in 2004 after more than 50 years of smoking. His diagnosis came about eight months prior to his death.As you might guess, this is not a feel-good article,
0 5/27
2009
Default Air Force Logo Who has the most important job in the Air Force?
Some years ago (I won't say how many), an Air Force Academy cadet visited my base on Operation Air Force. She asked me a question that caused me to do some real thinking. She said, "Sir, I want to be a real leader in the Air Force someday. To do that, I think I need to be in the career field that is the most important. Who has the most important
0 5/13
2009
Lt. Col. Paul Willingham, 22nd Medical Support Squadron
Core Values: Don't leave your job without them
 As leaders, we are each charged to ensure the Air Force Core Values are adhered to on and off duty. They are briefed and discussed in numerous venues and commanders and supervisors are on a continual quest to relate them to daily activities and successful mission accomplishment. Under the Back to Basics philosophy, we provide each squadron member
0 5/06
2009
Default Air Force Logo Unsung heroes
Irena Sendler, a 5-foot pistol of a woman, defied the Nazi regime and risked her life to save more than 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto. She was a Polish Catholic social worker who smuggled children out of the Ghetto during 1940-42 and into the care of many Christian families, convents, hospitals and orphanages throughout Poland. She
0 4/22
2009
From a cruising altitude of 24,000 feet out of the window of a KC-10 Extender, this image shows a full moon over the city of Norfolk, Va.  The photo was taken during an air refueling mission for a KC-10 from McGuire Air Force Base, N.J.  (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol) Freedom...at 24,000 feet
Our air refueling mission bore the call sign "DUCE 01." It was printed in capital letters written with a red marker on a dry-erase board in the planning room for the 2nd Air Refueling Squadron. It was 3:47 p.m. on April 9. I sat in the room with seven aircrew members from the 2nd ARS as they went through their mission planning procedures on the
0 4/19
2009
Default Air Force Logo Diamonds are an Airman's best friend
Air Force Instruction 36-2113 defines the role of a first sergeant as "... an expeditionary leader serving in a time honored special duty position ..." During my 20 years of service, I've had countless first sergeants and I thought I understood what their job entailed. On Aug. 1, I was selected to be the acting first sergeant for the 15th Airlift
0 4/13
2009
Lt. Col. Richard Williamson, 17th Airlift Squadron commander. To know and do your job
When I took command last summer of the 17th Airlift Squadron, the first operational C-17 squadron in the world, I put the 144 members under my command on notice for my expectations of them: "To know and do your job." Very simple words with deep, resounding meaning; this phrase is the model for my professional career. The subtle but piercing message
0 4/13
2009
Default Air Force Logo 618th TACC International Clearances Branch puts 'Global' in Global Reach
What can bring an air mobility mission to a screeching halt? Bad weather ... maybe. A maintenance problem with the aircraft ... maybe. And, there's not much you can do about weather or mechanical problems; you deal with them as they happen.But, what about permission from other governments to either overfly or land in their country? Do we need
0 3/11
2009
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