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Default Air Force Logo The high cost of freedom
I like chocolate cake. Sour cream chocolate cake with thick greasy frosting and a tall glass of cold milk is a staple of our family celebrations. Birthdays, anniversaries, graduation parties, weddings and the like. I have missed a few dozen of these occasions to share my favorite dessert while deployed over the years. Last June I was not thinking
0 9/30
2009
Default Air Force Logo Where do you fit in the "Mission Puzzle"?
At one time or another, we have all put together a jigsaw puzzle. Each piece a different shape and series of colors or parts of a picture. Our mission here at Whiteman is similar to a puzzle, only it's a lot more complex. Alone, each piece is simple and unique, having its own specific place within the bigger picture. Just like each small piece,
0 9/23
2009
Default Air Force Logo Challenges ahead, yet remembering to do the right thing
Remembering Sept. 18, the Air Force birthday, and seeing how our Air Force continues to transform itself as it leads the world in air superiority, we turn 62 years old today and have the distinction of being the youngest military service in the U.S. arsenal. Technology and the ops-tempo, supporting two simultaneous conflicts in Iraq and
0 9/16
2009
Default Air Force Logo The spirit of volunteerism
My family recently took a vacation in Wisconsin. We finally settled in the Wild Rivers Country of the Northwoods in a little town called Florence. On our drive up U.S. 51 my wife and I noticed a lot of tall white pines on both sides of the road. It was unusual in the sense that the trees were perfectly aligned perhaps through divine intervention.
0 9/09
2009
Default Air Force Logo 442nd Fighter Wing: Full-time force with part-time citizen Airmen
Twenty years ago, the Air Force Reserve served the role of a strategic force held in reserve, ready to take over domestic active-duty Air Force functions in the time of a national crisis. Since the first Gulf War in 1991 however, this paradigm has changed drastically. Today, the Air Force Reserve, is now its own major command in the form of Air
0 9/09
2009
Default Air Force Logo Commander stresses attention to detail, teamwork
"It's only a detail." "That's good enough for government work." Nothing should strike fist-curling anger in every Air Force supervisor more than hearing comments like that from our subordinates. Those are the words that lead to failure and defeat. Those are NOT the words of professional warfighters in our Air Force. We've all seen the results of
0 9/02
2009
Default Air Force Logo Moments in time: Part two
Editor's note: The following commentary is the second part of a two-part series.Have you ever thought back to moments of time and reflected on how small moments of time have shaped your life? I have and can remember everything about the exact moment in time, what happened and how it affected me. I remember my senior year in high school hearing the
0 9/02
2009
Default Air Force Logo Moments in time: Part one
Editor's note: The following commentary is the first of a two-part series. The second part is scheduled to be featured in the next edition of the Warrior. For the complete series, visit www.whiteman.af.mil. Have you ever thought about events in your life and how one moment in time changed it drastically? The older I get the more reflective I am
0 9/02
2009
Default Air Force Logo Are you successful?
There is no doubt we are the most powerful and feared military force in the world. So how do we sustain that besides through deterrence, continuous change and improvement, and delivering demolition on demand? We do it by growing our force stronger, as members of our team become successful. So that begs the question, are you successful? Each member
0 8/26
2009
Default Air Force Logo Managing risk - A process or a lifestyle?
All Airmen have been trained in the tenets of operational risk management. Risk management is not just a method we should study on a pie chart or checklist; it should be a part of nearly every decision we make - a lifestyle rather than a mere process. The first step in managing risk is the identification of hazards. This is elementary yet
0 8/25
2009
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