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Default Air Force Logo Whiteman: a team of top performers
Yesterday morning I had the pleasure of officiating our quarterly awards breakfast and recognizing our top performers in both civilian and military categories. During the ceremony we honored some of Whiteman's best, and recognized their truly impressive accomplishments over the last quarter ... a quarter, incidentally that was incredibly
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2007
Default Air Force Logo Having the 411 before needing 911
I frequently get asked why we have been doing so much training and education about sexual assault prevention. Most people do not believe they will ever be impacted by a sexual assault. Sexual assault is a pervasive problem throughout our culture, not limited to the military. Sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes. The statistics in
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2007
Default Air Force Logo Military perception becomes reality
It wasn't until I was a senior in college that I considered a career in the Air Force. One of the many benefits pointed out to me was the possibility of a 20 year retirement. The idea was appealing, but at that point in my life, retirement was an abstract concept. Twenty years seemed like forever! Now, just two months short of retirement
0 3/27
2007
Default Air Force Logo Excellence ... it’s what we do
We all know the Air Force core values ... "Integrity First, Service before Self and Excellence in All We Do." I've noticed over the years that people seem to focus on or only hear about the first two, and we forget about excellence. Why is that? Is it because excellence is expected? Or has it become second nature? First you must ask what excellence
0 3/27
2007
Default Air Force Logo Focus your energy on what’s important
To what do you commit your time and energy? What does your unit work together to accomplish every day? What is your unit preparing to tackle next and are you ready as both an individual and work group? Leaders and followers at all levels have a much greater chance of success if they are committed to completing their tasks with excellence and using
0 3/27
2007
Default Air Force Logo Serving our Airmen, mission
Since the Revolutionary War, morale, welfare and recreation programs have been recognized as an essential part of America's military. Back in those days, Services focused on fundamentals such as providing food and shelter. Commanders knew the important role combat support had in contributing to mission effectiveness. During World War I, Airmen had
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2007
Default Air Force Logo Eight key leadership lessons for all Airmen
Bob Vasquez has spent more than 35 years watching Air Force officers -- first from his vantage point as a noncommissioned officer and now as an instructor at the Air Force Academy. He's seen junior officers do some good things, and he's seen them do some stupid things that stand in the way of their ability to lead. Seeing the Air Force from the
0 1/19
2007
Default Air Force Logo Are we making a difference?
I returned home in May 2005, after 379 days deployed in the Horn of Africa. It was a long year, and there were many times I wondered whether what we were doing was making a difference. The poverty was unimaginable, the living conditions unbearable, and the threat of Islamic terrorists reestablishing their Talibanlike terrorist training camps in
0 1/19
2007
Default Air Force Logo Niner's Notes
Conventional readiness We've kicked off our convention war training cycle with mass training which began prior to the holiday break and with B-2s deploying to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., yesterday for RED FLAG. As those of us at home prepare for global expeditionary combat support, our team at RED FLAG will sharpen their strike and sorties
0 1/13
2007
Default Air Force Logo New year, sharp focus
Welcome back from the holidays ... and thanks for taking care of yourselves and each other during the break! I hope you enjoyed some well-deserved time off with family and friends. Now it's time to refocus our efforts on the important work we do and our strong tradition of excellence. I know that for many, the New Year brings with it new goals,
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2007
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