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Default Air Force Logo Good luck follows hard work
Did you ever wonder why some people seem to have all the luck while others never get any? Ever watched and wondered how some climb the ladder of success so quickly while others never get off the ground? Is it all just dumb luck, or is there more to it? Benjamin Franklin wrote "I am a strong believer in luck and I find the harder I work the more I
0 4/02
2008
Default Air Force Logo A simple salute
As Airmen, we stand out from the rest of society for a number of reasons - the way we look and dress; the language, terms and phrases we use; our ranks, titles and terms of address; the rules and regulations which govern our conduct and behavior; and most especially, our unique customs and traditions. These traditions and customs include such
0 3/26
2008
Default Air Force Logo You are America
(Editorial note: Commentary co-written by Col. Ed Keegan, 509th Mission Support Group commander and 1st Lt. Phyllis Pelky, 18th Services Squadron at Kadena Air Base)It is eye-opening to see how people outside the Air Force view us. I sat on the Officer Training School selection board a few weeks ago and scored application packages from more than
0 3/20
2008
Default Air Force Logo Positive attitude
As the saying goes, "Attitude is Everything!" Well, maybe not everything, but it is very important. A positive attitude goes a long way in increasing morale, both directly and indirectly. People from all walks of life recognize the importance of a positive attitude. I recall seeing numerous stories in the news about a positive attitude helping a
0 3/11
2008
Default Air Force Logo Excellence in all we do
The Air Force core values are taught to each and every one of us early in our military career. They are a guide for us, a starting point that we should use in our profession. The Air Force Core Values "Little Blue Book" even states, "the Core Values are much more than minimum standards." They are something that we should expand upon to ensure we
0 3/05
2008
Default Air Force Logo Leading by example
When you hear the word supervisor, the first thing that usually comes to mind is the person responsible for writing performance reports on individuals within their supervisory chain of command, but it really means so much more. Supervision or from now on what I'll refer to as "leadership," of any individual includes a gambit of responsibilities,
0 3/04
2008
Default Air Force Logo Integrity First: Reflections on the Mission
Everyday at Whiteman Air Force Base our Warrior Airmen are confronted with challenges and choices when executing their duties to Hunt Down and Destroy America's Enemies. The decisions we make and the actions we take can and will have a direct impact on both the 509th Bomb Wing and our nation. We all know the B-2 Stealth Bomber is a national
0 2/11
2008
Default Air Force Logo Whose Responsibility Is It Anyway?
It has been said that when the student is ready, the teacher appears. That is exactly how I felt back in the summer of 2004. As a relatively new Major, I felt I was ready for command, but wondered if the opportunity would ever present itself.As fate would have it, I was called upon to stand in as squadron commander for the duration of my
0 2/05
2008
Default Air Force Logo Put The Gum Back
So much of what we need to learn about how to live a successful life we learn at a very early age. Over the years I've read many self-improvement books on leadership and life by people like Machiavelli, Ken Blanchard, Anthony Robbins, Gen (Ret) H. Norman Schwartzkopf, and former President Ronald Reagan. All had great insight on what influenced them
0 1/29
2008
Default Air Force Logo Rise to the Challenge
Challenge yourself! I don't remember it, but I am sure that I had butterflies in my stomach the first time I let loose of my mother's hand and tried to take those first few steps by myself. I do remember the butterflies I had in my stomach the first time each of my daughters, Julia and Sarah let loose of my hand and took their first few steps by
0 1/22
2008
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