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Default Air Force Logo The grass is greener…on both sides of the fence
"See there's a big-eyed fish, swimming in the sea, Oh, how he dreamed to be a bird, Swooping, diving through the breeze. One day, he caught a big blue wave, up onto the beach,And now he's dead, you see; a fish's dream should stay in the sea.Oh God, under the weight of life, things seem brighter on the other side."--Dave MatthewsEver wonder what you
0 4/12
2012
Default Air Force Logo Historian documents 509th, Whiteman AFB significance
Many of you may be unaware that the wing has a historian. Many Air Force wings have a historian who is responsible for documenting the achievements and challenges the unit met during the year and keeping vital, mission-related statistics. This information is then compiled into the annual history for future research needs. The annual histories for
0 4/12
2012
Default Air Force Logo Education opens doors
Let me say up front there are very few things I'm as passionate about as education, whether it be an advanced degree, a vocational course, or reading a book to understand the world around you. Education opens doors and serves as a catalyst for one to improve their lot in life and grow as a person. I recently hit my 20-year point in the Air Force,
0 4/05
2012
Default Air Force Logo Much obliged, Jim
Call me obliged. Some years ago -- never mind how long precisely -- having just completed basic training at Fort Benning, Ga. and entering Alpha Company 1st Battalion 29th Infantry Regiment as a newly-minted Army mechanized infantryman, I was finally free from the academic demands of high school -- Mr. Hester's English class, in particular. Not
0 4/05
2012
Default Air Force Logo Hoot’s Law: You can always make things worse
Many of us are familiar with Murphy's Law, which generally states, "What can go wrong, will go wrong." This is a great saying, as it teaches us to be prepared, have backup plans, and apply critical thinking to our proposed actions. A not so familiar adage, yet very powerful, is Hoot's Law.I was introduced to Hoot's Law during a gathering at Maxwell
0 3/29
2012
Default Air Force Logo Balance; learning to prioritize
Balance: a fairly basic word that we're all familiar with, but how many appropriately apply it to their life? I'd like to offer a couple methods toward achieving and maintaining balance in your work and at home. The first is to determine what is important and what is urgent.We are all faced with choices on a daily basis: Do I stay at work to get a
0 3/08
2012
Default Air Force Logo Am I worthy?
Did you ever have a grandparent, parent or an old chief tell you how easy you have it? The old adage, "When I was your age I walked to school barefoot in the snow, uphill, both ways."While this is a slight exaggeration it does make me think about the Airmen who have come before me and the burdens they've had to endure. It makes me wonder if I am
0 3/08
2012
Default Air Force Logo Privatized housing in full-swing
It is a time of uncertainty for many of our housing residents at Whiteman Air Force Base. Housing privatization is in full-swing and it has left members wondering what changes are in store for them. It is human nature to be reluctant to change, especially when you don't see a need for it. There may be some negative perceptions toward privatization
0 2/23
2012
Default Air Force Logo A positive attitude makes the difference
"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference." -- Winston ChurchillI was in a meeting the other night with, the Father (Lt. Col.) William Bartoul, 509th Bomb Wing head chaplain. As customary, Father opened up with some comments. But, unlike other times, the comments this night brought silence and deep thought to the normally upbeat
0 2/02
2012
Default Air Force Logo What do you want?
What started out as a piece to enlighten the masses became something more personal. I had a very hard time staying on topic so I attempted what every good writer will do sometimes...ask the question, "What do you want?" I walked away from the keyboard, sent the partial sentence fragments back and forth from home to work and back...with no better
0 1/23
2012
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