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  • A new year requiring a new mindset

    Happy New Year Team Whiteman!Welcome back and I hope you all had an enjoyable holiday season and have returned refreshed and ready to tackle the opportunities and challenges that we'll undoubtedly face in the upcoming year. I like to take a mental inventory early in the year, as I am sure many of you do, to reflect, to make some new resolutions and
  • Time is of the essence

    Do you have enough time in your day to complete your core duties and responsibilities?  Does your shop, flight or unit have enough personnel to accomplish your core mission requirements?  I suspect your answer is no and depending on your perspective, you probably have a myriad of reasons why that is the case.I know that multiple personnel cuts,
  • AFGSC Veteran's Day message

    We have a proud heritage, Strikers, one that each of you are a part of through your service. You carry on the great responsibility that Strategic Air Command dutifully accepted more than half a century ago: stand as a force to deter America's enemies and assure America's allies, exhibiting our strength through peace.SAC stood watch over the world's
  • The Real Unsung Heroes

    In the fast paced tempo of today's often high operations environment, I often find myself thousands of miles away from home due to temporary duties, deployments or training. As I am off doing what I have loved for over twenty-five years in these various locations, I often find myself stopping to ask; "Do I thank my spouse and family enough, or even
  • Sustaining a marriage with deployments

    A good marriage requires dedication, love, understanding and togetherness. My marriage involves two career-oriented individuals, and my husband and I are rarely in the same spot for more than a few days at a time. It's still a good marriage, just unorthodox as far as societal standards are concerned. In the year we've been married, we've spent less
  • Helping hands ensure mission success

    Returning to Whiteman following three years of service at two other bases, I have had the opportunity to reflect on what this base and it's people meant to me during my nine years here, prior to leaving in 2011.In short, I think Whiteman represents the best of what the Air Force demands of its people. In 2002 arriving at Whiteman for the first
  • Aug. 7 marks five years of deterring, assuring

    In a 2009 speech in Prague, President Barack Obama stated as long as nuclear weapons exist, "the United States will maintain a safe, secure and effective arsenal to deter any adversary, and guarantee that defense to our allies." This is what Air Force Global Strike Command does, and has successfully carried out since 2009.Upon stand up, this
  • Standards are the minimum

    There is no such thing as "minimum" standards. Standards are the minimum. There are standards and there is non-compliance with standards. No one wants to be on the non-compliance side of the ledger -- everyone wants to meet standards. However, in meeting standards, we should always strive to do the best we can and far exceed the standards in every
  • Leadership -- helping others achieve success

    I would argue that many of our Air Force careers started in similar fashion, even though there are numerous reasons people elect to join the Air Force. I'm sure for most of you it was a calling to do something different than you were currently doing or an opportunity to serve something greater than yourself. Mine was certainly no different.
  • Putting integrity first

    Over the past few months one of the Air Force's Core Values has been in the public spotlight...Integrity First. With the recent cheating scandal at Malmstrom Air Force Base, it has become evident to even the most casual observer that Integrity was not "First" for 90 some missile officers. In his last letter before resigning, Malmstrom Air Force