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Default Air Force Logo A Little Gem of Innocence
"That's what it takes to be a hero, a little gem of innocence inside you that makes you want to believe that there still exists a right and wrong, that decency will somehow triumph in the end."- Lise Hand In his book, "True Faith and Allegiance: The Burden of Military Ethics," James H. Toner posited that the test of "true faith and allegiance lies
0 9/04
2009
Default Air Force Logo Whose job is this?
My family and I arrived at Andrews Air Force Base June 8. As you can imagine, we were filled with many emotions as we made our 14th move. A new home, a new job, a new community ... After all, we were all coming to the launching point for the president, Cabinet, senior military leaders, Congress, and we were now living here; it was all a bit much
0 8/28
2009
Default Air Force Logo What makes a great leader?
The U.S. Air Force is great because we demand leadership at all levels and ranks. So, what is leadership? Is it developed or innate? How do we apply leadership? These questions are raised at each professional military course.Leadership, for this article, is defined as the ability to set a vision and then inspire others to achieve it. In order to
0 8/21
2009
Default Air Force Logo ‘Tear down this wall’ between leadership and feedback
We are rapidly approaching the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. America's Armed Forces paid handsomely for the theoretical "Peace Dividend" that followed the Wall's fall - a dramatic reduction in our forces still being felt today as we have continuously rolled from one theater of operations to another without the stability offered
0 8/14
2009
Default Air Force Logo Famous Last Words
"No flying machine will ever fly from New York to Paris," so said Orville Wright. "Everything that can be invented has been invented," was quoted by the U.S. Office of Patents commissioner in 1899. Ah, famous last words these famous men probably regretted ever thinking, let alone saying. What about you? Have you ever said anything you wish you
0 8/07
2009
Default Air Force Logo Empowerment key to betterment
What is empowerment? According to Dictionary.com, "to empower is to give power or authority to; authorize, especially by legal or official means; to enable or permit."I see empowerment as one of our most critical skills as leaders: to build an environment of trust and empower others. In these days of increasing budget cuts and AFSO 21 further
0 7/31
2009
Default Air Force Logo You are the War Fighter
The men and women of the 89th Airlift Wing, as proud members of Team Andrews, have a long history of playing an integral role in the implementation of U.S. foreign and domestic policy. Although the business suits and blues you see these fliers wear might not look like a "war fighter" uniform, they are the uniforms that project Air Power like no
0 7/17
2009
Default Air Force Logo What I Believe
As we approach the Fourth of July holiday, I thought it appropriate to share some thoughts on what I believe after 19 years in the Air Force.I believe that the opportunity to serve our country in the military is the greatest calling that our country has to offer. Every day I wake up, put on my uniform, and find myself privileged to work with
0 7/06
2009
Default Air Force Logo Working as a Team — The Only Way To Go!
This past Sunday was Father's Day. To some, it is just another holiday. However, I used this week to reflect upon the importance of being a father and how being a father relates to living and working in a military environment. I am a father of three great children, and I have a beautiful wife of 19 years. I love them all, and I would be lost
0 6/26
2009
Default Air Force Logo Wow! What a Ride It's Been! Can We Do It Again?
When I first arrived at Andrews for my assignment as the 316th Wing vice commander, my predecessor, Col. Jenni Hesterman, gave me a pair of running shoes and said, "put these on because you won't stop running until you leave." Boy was she right! As you read this, I have already accomplished my turn over with my replacement, Col. Lee dePalo, and I
0 6/23
2009
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