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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
Default Air Force Logo Mentoring for the future
When the commander informed me about writing an article for the Capital Flyer, I began to reminisce. I previously wrote a "From the Top" article about five years ago when I was the acting first sergeant for the former 89th Medical Support Squadron. I discussed 'getting out of your comfort zone.' Instead of choosing a topic to write about, I
0 6/05
2009
Default Air Force Logo Back to Basics
Earlier this week I had the opportunity to greet Vice President Joe Biden as he departed Andrews on his way to deliver the commencement address at the U.S. Air Force Academy. The brief interaction with our Nation's second in command was not only an honor, but one of the unique aspects of serving as a squadron commander at Andrews. Not surprisingly,
0 5/29
2009
Default Air Force Logo The impact of an outstanding air show
Congratulations Team Andrews! This weekend we completed another successful Joint Service Open House. Although the attendance numbers are not yet official, I estimate the crowds exceeded the 100,000 mark set last year. Great job Team!During this weekend, we thanked the public for the support they show the armed forces, as well as showcased our
0 5/21
2009
Default Air Force Logo Enjoy the journey
In 1983, college professor William Least Heat-Moon published his instant classic, "Blue Highways: a Journey into America," which chronicled his 13,000 mile journey along the back roads of America in a beat-up old van. Steering clear of the major cities and interstates, Mr. Moon toured 38 states along blue highways, the small state and country roads
0 5/08
2009
Default Air Force Logo Pride, teamwork make the difference
Every day at Andrews, history happens and you are a part of it. We have a no-fail mission, and the pride and teamwork that you exhibit on a daily basis makes Team Andrews successful. To date, you have probably seen and done more singular achievements here just this year than you ever would have imagined, such as the G20, Inauguration, presidential
0 5/04
2009
Default Air Force Logo Be the leader you deserve
Leadership is a key skill in most any organization, but it is a must in the military. Key aspects of leadership include setting a good example, followed closely by setting and then enforcing standards. We all know these tenets from professional military education and mentorship that we receive from those we work with daily. There are two additional
0 4/24
2009
Default Air Force Logo Leadership with "Purity of Purpose"
I have a theory about cats that I like to relay to all of my young officer friends and senior NCOs: Basically, there are three kinds of cats. First, are the cats that never catch mice. Second, are the cats that do catch mice, but they make sure master knows every time they do, eagerly bringing their prize latched in their jaws even to the dinner
0 4/17
2009
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