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Default Air Force Logo Blood, Sweat and Thanks
As we pause during Thanksgiving to count the blessings taken for granted, or moreover give of those blessings to others, there lies a virtue that has always impressed me with its power: gratitude for loss, sacrifice and blood. For it is in hardship where thankfulness can forge greatness of character and possibility in a human soul, or in a nation.
0 12/05
2008
Default Air Force Logo To have proudly served an American President
With the recent election of a new president, the team at Air Force One will have a new commander and presidential pilot. I will relinquish command to Col. Scott Turner PAG deputy group commander. He will become the presidential pilot for President-elect Obama.As President Bush's pilot I have seen history being made from my perch up in the cockpit
0 11/23
2008
Default Air Force Logo Moral courage at all levels
All Airmen attend leadership courses, seminars, and commander's calls stressing core values and promoting respect and loyalty. An important lesson often filtered out of these discussions is "moral courage", which is simply defined as "doing the right thing" in difficult situations ... regardless of the consequence to you or your career. You may be
0 11/14
2008
Default Air Force Logo Airmen role models keystone to mission
In his recent From the Top commentary, the 316th Operations Group first sergeant, Master Sgt. Anthony Berman addressed accountability and respect. His statement that accountability and respect save Airmen was spot-on and apropos in today's competitive Air Force environment. While we have a professional responsibility to hold our Airmen accountable
0 11/07
2008
Default Air Force Logo AFOSI programs promote personnel’s well-being
As the year comes to a close, I had the opportunity to reflect upon what we've done to take care of our people. I pledged from my first day of command to address this critical issue, and since then it has become more than a priority; it has become a principle of our senior leadership. I have traveled to many units over the past couple of years and
0 10/31
2008
Default Air Force Logo Accountability and respect saves Airmen
Our Air Force is the greatest in the world. It's the greatest because our Air Force invests in its people. We provide education and training that is second to none. It's through PME that we are entrusted with significantly greater responsibilities than that of other countries. However, where much is given much is required. So, as you progress in
0 10/23
2008
Default Air Force Logo Mentoring is Tough Work
"I don't mind being called tough, because in this racket, it's tough guys who lead the survivors." -- General Curtis E. LeMay "On the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that on other days and other fields will bear the fruits of victory." -- General Douglas MacArthur Great words from two of our greatest leaders. From them, it is clear
0 10/16
2008
Default Air Force Logo The Stuff Legends Are Made Of
As a young Airman, my first duty station was Yokota AB, Japan. Awesome place ... awesome food ... awesome time! However, the first few months of my assignment seemed to be focused more on the latter - the awesome time. You know how it is, young Airman, first time away from home and in a foreign land. I wanted to experience all that Japan had to
0 10/09
2008
Default Air Force Logo Service Before Self
Mortar and rocket explosions, heavy machine gun fire, never-ending helicopter activity, aircraft taking off and landing 24 hours a day ... these are just a few of the things I experienced during my short, four and a half month deployment to Iraq. I wasn't tasked to go, but looking back now, almost six months after my return to Andrews, I'm grateful
0 10/02
2008
Default Air Force Logo Andrews Symbolizes Freedom, Democracy
While in command of the 316th Mission Support Group over these past 17 months, I am constantly reminded of how dynamic, vibrant and essential our installation is. This Air Force base, above all others, symbolizes to the world the power and might of the United States and the freedom and democracy our country represents. Home base to the President
0 9/25
2008
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