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  • Leadership Beginnings

    Does leadership stem solely out of a position, title or rank?  Are leaders made or are some people born leaders, as I have heard many times in my life?Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines leadership as:: a position as a leader of a group, organization, etc.: the time when a person holds the position of leader: the power or ability to lead other
  • Patriotism meets Commercialism

    Some Americans may not know this, but in the past, criminal penalties were imposed on individuals who knowingly mutilated, defaced, physically defiled, or trampled upon any flag of the United States. However, on June 11, 1990, the Flag Protection Act of 1989 was struck down by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional. Today, all of those things,
  • Greatest Generation

    The sun was bright, not a cloud in the sky on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2012. It was a beautiful day. The temperature was 75 degrees at 10 a.m., much warmer than expected. The drive to Oakwood, Texas, was shorter than I remembered as a child. Throughout the trip my dad would point out a landmark or where one used to be and reflect on a story in time that
  • My Cup Runneth over

    The majority of military people tend to have type "A" personalities. This means we don't seek help and believe we're capable of handling everything on our own. Sometimes, everything hits you at once. You find yourself in the midst of one of those weeks where despite all you have on your plate, others keep piling it higher and higher. It could be
  • Moving at the speed of life

    People are alike in that we seem to all start out in life at the same speed, but we each have our own obstacle course. Some obstacles never change your momentum, others slow you down a bit--or a lot--but some obstacles stop you dead in your tracks. I have always liked things that fly high and move fast--especially rockets! As a kid, I dreamed of
  • My "WASP"

    I recently had the honor and pleasure of being selected to be a military escort for Mrs. Elizabeth "Betty" Strohfus at the 2011 Commemorative Air Force Air Show in Odessa, TX. Ms. Betty, my "WASP", is a very active and lively 91 year old World War II female pilot.In August 1943, Ms. Betty was one of the few women selected to participate in a
  • “A NEW PERSPECTIVE”

    In March, I found myself wedged under the front bumper of a Ford pickup with my bike next to me in a thousand pieces. I am fortunate to be alive and I limped away from the experience with a renewed perspective on motorcycle safety.While the overall trend has started to shift downward for motorcycle fatalities involving Air Force members, we have
  • Commander sends holiday greetings

    As we celebrate this holiday season and prepare for the challenges of 2011, I want to thank you for serving our nation as Citizen Airmen.You have stepped up to meet every tasking given to you. You airlifted much needed aid to disaster victims, deployed to Afghanistan, helped usher in a new era in Iraq or supported other contingency operations
  • Family trips with the Air Force

    During a good portion of my childhood, Dad had two weeks of the summer with us kids to cram a year's worth of experiences into. Every summer Dad had a trip planned. Upon arriving at our second home, without fail, we'd load supplies into the pop-up trailer and head out on a two-week adventure. Carlsbad Caverns, Pikes Peak, and the Ouachita National
  • Dress to Impress: Walking a mile in her shoes

    My father is my number one mentor, whether I want him to be or not. Much like the AFI 36-2903, Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel, guides our Airmen in uniform policies, my dad has always had his own set of guidelines for my appearance where his reputation is concerned. Many times in my "adult" life, Dad has checked my hair and
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