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  • 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,
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Words from the Forward Operating Location

    Hafa Adai (greetings) from the Niner Forward Operating Location, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. With three months of this deployment complete, we've succeeded in accomplishing many of our pre-deployment goals and have also fielded many additional taskings and projects with professionalism. As this bomber forward presence rotation marks the B-2's
  • Path to perfection

    Being from New Hampshire and a life-long New England Patriot fan, I was extremely excited this year watching them work their way to a perfect season. They proved their dominance in the National Football League by being the first team in 35 years to go undefeated during the regular season and the only team to have ever accomplished that feat since
  • Words to live by

    I can save my own life. For everyone stationed at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, these words are part of their daily lexicon. As for the 260 or so 509'ers who deployed here last October as part of Pacific Air Forces' Continuous Bomber Presence, we too have become very familiar with the concept and its precepts. While all personnel in the Air
  • Niner's Notes

    Team Whiteman has done superbly this past year accomplishing our mission. Thanks to the dedicated and professional efforts of all of our team members, we have been an awesome force at searching out and destroying America's enemies. America's Air Force and our country have benefited greatly due to your sacrifices and the sacrifices of your families.
  • It’s Better To Give

    There's an old saying - 'tis better to give, than to receive - this time of year it seems to be more prevalent. Oh sure we have Angel trees, food pantries, and the bell-ringers to remind us to give. And that is great. But what about the rest of the year? It is the small things we do year-round that lend itself to the success of the mission. Captain