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Default Air Force Logo Seatbelts save lives: A firsthand account
 It was a beautiful afternoon, the sun was beginning to set behind the Blue Ridge mountain range and the air was crisp with a February cold on this Valentine's Day. I had worked a full 10-hour day at my primary job, visited my girlfriend for an hour and then was heading to my second job which was only 15 miles away. As I said goodbye to my
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2008
Default Air Force Logo If I only had one minute with each of them
In the spring of 2001, I made my first visit to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. I was attending some training at Fort Meade, Md., at the time and during one of the weekends I was there, I went with a classmate to see this famed cemetery of heroes. It's a big place where you can see rows upon rows of white grave stones marking the
0 11/07
2007
A member of an Air Force Medium Truck Detachment drives during a convoy mission. During a 210-day period, these Airmen complete more than 180 convoys, put 2.5 million convoy miles on the road and encounter more than 40 improvised explosive devices and small arms fire. (U.S Air Force photo) Air Force convoy teams go above and beyond
After several years in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Airmen performing duties that are ordinarily provided by the Army is far from being a new concept. In fact, this requirement continues to grow among many Air Force specialties as our Airmen continue to prove that they can perform non-typical duties at the highest level. This has never been truer
0 9/26
2007
Default Air Force Logo Reaping the seeds sewn through training
There's nothing more satisfying than seeing the fruits of your labor, and that is exactly what Tech. Sgt. Antonio Strong and I have been able to do and see since deployed to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Currently assigned to the 728th AMS' Air Terminal Operations Center, or ATOC, we work hand-in-hand with command and control and the maintenance
0 9/25
2007
Default Air Force Logo Good decision making skills - a leadership must
Good decision making is an essential skill for effective leadership. If you can learn to make timely and well-considered decisions, then you can lead your team to spectacular and well-deserved success. However, making poor decisions may run the risk of failure and your time as a leader could be brutally short. The act of deciding is to make the
0 9/24
2007
Default Air Force Logo Patriots for a lifetime
In preparation for the Sept. 11 Patriot's Day Parade in Spokane, I found myself marching on the lot across from the White House. The sun blazed down on the backs of the flight in formation, the heat permeated our uniforms and our skin became moist with perspiration. Falling into the steps with ease, as though I had been marching since birth, I let
0 9/11
2007
Default Air Force Logo Are you a Nero, Zero or Hero?
Questions and stories are powerful ways to convey messages. I still remember my high school principal, Mr. Wayne Hines, asking our entering freshman class, "Are you a Nero, Zero or Hero?" and explaining its meaning. On a normal bell curve, from left to right, fall Nero, Zero and Hero. For Nero, think class bully. Based on the Roman Emperor who
0 9/10
2007
A color guard carrying the American flag starts the Independence Day parade July 4, 2007, on the main street of Wakefield, Mich.  (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol) Hometown patriotism and Patriot Day
The rain clouds and the darkness were slowly closing in on the color guard as they were leading the July 4th parade in Bessemer, Mich. From where I stood with my two daughters, you could see people standing up and taking off hats as the color guard approached. It took a bit longer before the color guard with veterans from all the services wound its
0 9/10
2007
Default Air Force Logo CCAF degree important career milestone
I recently attended the Community College of the Air Force graduation and wanted to take a few minutes to relay the importance of reaching such a major milestone in your military careers and lives. Gaining a CCAF degree is more than a piece of paper; it's a significant accomplishment that reflects the priority you place on education in your life
0 8/28
2007
Default Air Force Logo Beware the test
"Beware the test." Sage advice given by one of the general officers who spoke at the most recent squadron commander's course at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. The message was a warning that from time to time you may be given a task, not because you are capable of completing the assignment or because you were caught in the hallway while that topic was
0 8/28
2007
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