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  • Remember the long line of heroes before us this Memorial Day

    From the Revolutionary War to Operation Iraqi Freedom, there has been a long line of heroes who set forth an effort to protect the liberties that have made our country what it is today. And every Memorial Day, I salute them. You may ask yourself, "What defines a hero?" Truth is there are many forms. However, when referring to Memorial Day, I'm
  • Defending our nation is every servicemembers' job

    "That's not my job." We've all heard these words or some variation of them at some point in our career. What did it say to you about the individual or the organization that person represents? What would be the impact on our mission if we let this mentality creep into our culture? Today, our service is in the midst of a reduction in personnel and
  • Keep looking toward the future

    What a thrill and an honor to be associated with Team Dover! As the DoD's largest aerial port for airlift operations, Dover has long been known as America's center of excellence for strategic mobility. The reason is simple: no military organization, and indeed few nations, can match the synergy of Dover's strategic airlift platforms, advanced
  • Are you fit to fight?

    Are you physically ready to meet the challenges of the Air Force? For some this is a very easy question to answer. For others it is not. We are now in the third year of the new fitness standards. When this program was introduced, I was not ready. Thankfully, we had a one-year grace period to get ready. The Air Force Chief of Staff directed new
  • Waiting is worth the effort

    It was after 5 p.m. and I was on my way home from a range on Fort Dix when I just realized I forgot to call home.The realization came when I heard a song on the radio in my old Ford Bronco where the refrain was, "Sweetheart, I'll wait for you ..."I imagined, as the song was playing, my wife at home wondering where I was, and, upon arriving home,
  • How will you be remembered?

    In a recent Army News Service article, I read of a significant event that occurred March 2, which may have gone unnoticed by many. On that day, with the playing of 'Taps' and a 21-gun salute, a hero was laid to rest in Portland, Ore. Retired Army Cpl. Howard Ramsey, Oregon's last living World War I veteran and the last known U.S. combat veteran of
  • Your role in Air Force transformation

    "The most important area for transformation is the space between our warfighters' ears." -- Gen. Richard B. Myers, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff This month marks the fourth year of our country's involvement in Operation Iraqi Freedom. As an integral part of the Global War on Terror, this conflict has challenged the Air Force to think
  • The bottom three: Leaving your mark

    I recently came across a series of questions, the origin of which is somewhat sketchy. I take no personal credit for them, but I think they offer an excellent opportunity for all of us to reflect on our roles as leaders. The questions posed here are not direct quotations, but capture the essence of the argument. Regardless of rank or position, I
  • Every Airman is an ambassador

    Sept. 18, 1997 was a special day. It was the Air Force's birthday, the 50th birthday of the youngest of the armed forces in America. For me and a room full of nervous civilians, it was the day we swore oaths and shipped off to our services' basic training. As the bus rolled out of the Montgomery, Ala. military entrance processing station, I
  • Shaking hands

    I think I blend into the local community fairly well. As far as I can see, the only thing that gives me away is the Department of Defense sticker on my windshield and my Michigan license plate. But on a recent trip to town, I realized there was something more significant and slightly less tangible that sets me and my fellow Airmen apart. As