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Default Air Force Logo It's Often the Little Things
Often in "From The Top," we write about large concepts like Integrity, Service, and Excellence. While these are important, and serve as the foundation for our service's core values, it is often the little things we do that truly define us as professionals. Recently Col. Clair Gilk wrote in this column about common courtesy and its contagious
0 4/10
2009
Default Air Force Logo Paying attention to detail: It's the small things that count
Everybody remembers the "big event", whether good or bad - the touchdown pass to win the game, the 3-pointer at the buzzer to win the national championship, the perfect landing in the Hudson River that saved 155 lives, or the fighter that dropped the perfect ordnance and rid the world of some bad guy someplace. We also recall the pictures from Abu
0 4/03
2009
Default Air Force Logo Let's make common courtesy common again
The 316th Wing is making great strides in meeting our wing goals of evident pride in ourselves, our wing and our base, presidential respect and support from each all Team Andrews members and their families, and having Airmen fit to fight and win across all spectrums.We have spent much of the last nine months working on improving the pride we have
0 3/27
2009
Default Air Force Logo Serving others while enjoying our service – a team sport
As units across the base recognize their annual award recipients, we are offered the opportunity to stop and reflect on the tremendous service that these individuals provide to Team Andrews, the Air Force and the United States. By having the opportunity to travel throughout the National Capital Region and the Air Force worldwide, I am repeatedly
0 3/20
2009
Default Air Force Logo A self-fulfilling prophecy
"Shootin' at the walls of heartache, bang bang, I am the warrior ... and heart to heart you'll win, if you survive." I was listening to this song, "The Warrior" by Scandal, featuring Patti Smyth, on my MP3 player the other day as I was working out. This helped motivate me, because I got to thinking about what I have been through for the past
0 3/12
2009
Default Air Force Logo Are You a Warrior?
A warrior you say? Just because we don't all shoot guns at bad guys or drop bombs on targets does not mean we aren't warriors. Webster's Dictionary defines warrior as "a person engaged or experienced in warfare." In our military today, you volunteer to serve, and you all have chosen to be warriors! In addition to preparing to defend against more
0 3/06
2009
Default Air Force Logo A Message to my Airmen: Pride Always
Recently, I was given the opportunity to put my "universal management" badge (otherwise known as a pilot) to the test to lead a very public organization whose mission affects an entire base. Let me say, that at the least, this is an honor and a pleasure for me personally.Working outside of one's career field is a challenge, and you are not always
0 3/06
2009
Default Air Force Logo Why are you part of the ‘blue’?
Have you ever asked yourself, "Why am I in the military and what keeps me here?" Our squadron secretary has strong ties to the military as the widow of a Naval officer, as well as more than 24 years of government service. When she recently informed me it was time for her to retire, I asked her to look back on her career and offer her perspective of
0 3/06
2009
Default Air Force Logo Leave it better than when you got here
As a commander, I think the best advice I can share is a message my parents instilled in me as a young boy, one that is lived out by some of my most respected mentors, "Leave it better than when you got here." Now, it may seem like that it is a pretty broad statement, but there is much more to it than meets the eye. If you are wondering what to
0 2/18
2009
Default Air Force Logo Keep your eye on the ball
Have you ever sat and watched a football game where a kicker walked out and calmly kicked the game winning field goal? Perhaps you've witnessed a basketball game where a player stood tall on the free-throw line and knocked down a pressure shot that made the difference between victory and defeat. How is it that these individuals are able to handle
0 2/13
2009
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