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Default Air Force Logo The Journey to Excellence: Are we there yet?
As I prepared the commencement speech for the recent Community College of the Air Force graduation ceremony, my mind kept returning to a familiar theme. I thought of this important accomplishment's place on the journey to excellence. As with every journey, the trip is often more challenging than the arrival. I thought of my sons and their attitudes
0 11/01
2013
Default Air Force Logo Riding in the danger zone
There is nothing more liberating for a motorcycle rider than the feeling of being completely unrestrained and out in the open as you cruise the open road on your bike. The feeling we don't often get is, though free, we are completely exposed to danger around every corner and the danger we create for ourselves.That feeling of danger was made
0 9/13
2013
Gen. Frank Gorenc assumed command of U.S. Air Force in Europe and Air Forces Africa, Aug. 2, 2013. He is responsible for Air Force activities in an area covering more than 19 million square miles.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Wilson) USAFE-AFAFRICA commander talks challenges, change
Gen. Frank Gorenc shared his enthusiasm for becoming the new U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander and spoke about challenges the command faces and how to overcome them, in an interview here Aug. 16. "I'm absolutely thrilled to be back in Europe," said Gorenc who left Ramstein in 2012 after serving as the 3rd Air Force
0 9/04
2013
Default Air Force Logo Make it happen, Airmen
Airmen are no strangers to change. Our Air Force was born from change after an exhausting world war when nations were recovering and healing emotionally, physically and financially.The decades following World War II brought us numerous changes: hot and cold wars, technological and aerospace advancements, and manpower ups and downs. Like some of
0 8/19
2013
Default Air Force Logo Get ready for increased custodial services
As of Thursday, custodial services in your work areas are increased. Refuse receptacles will be emptied, floors swept and mopped and carpets vacuumed once a week by our custodial contractor. Some of you may ask, "Why we are increasing services during this very difficult time?" We seem to be pinching every penny, grounding planes and furloughing our
0 8/01
2013
Default Air Force Logo Following the footsteps of great men
"All that you do, do it with your might. Things by half are never done right." My father taught me this quote and made me commit it to memory when I was a child. His father encouraged him to live by that same principle. For several years, I thought memorizing the quote was an initial rite of passage, passed exclusively from father to son, and
0 7/18
2013
Default Air Force Logo Being spiritually resilient without religion: an alternate perspective
We all have our bumps in the road. Some are minor speed humps and others are gaping potholes. Those are times where it seems there is nowhere to turn. But, it isn't about what got us there; it's about what brought us back that counts and makes us resilient Airmen. Spiritual resiliency is about having a sense of purpose; those values that sustain
0 6/19
2013
Default Air Force Logo Supportive spouses sponsoring spouses
I've found over the years, relocating yourself and your family can be a stressful aspect in the military, but having a good sponsor can make all the difference. When people are stressed about relocating, they cannot fully concentrate on accomplishing the Air Force mission. As a spouse, there is an even greater need for sponsorship as it can also
0 5/13
2013
Default Air Force Logo Know your fellow Airmen
In times where we find ourselves with growing mission requirements, but less resources and people to complete those missions, we must find ways to increase the efficiency.One way to do this would be getting to know each other, what makes us tick, the things that motivate us and the strengths and weaknesses the people you work with have. You may
0 4/26
2013
Brig. Gen. C. K. Hyde, 86th Airlift Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. James Morris, 86th AW command chief, fill out an Air Force Assistance Fund form on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, April 3, 2013. The AFAF was established to provide assistance through donations to organizations charged with helping Airmen and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Holly Cook) AFAS: Every dollar donated helps
This may seem like an odd time in our nation's history to talk about giving money to a charitable organization. With sequestration, cutbacks and furlough--the messages from Washington don't inspire hope for a better or brighter future. This is where all Airmen step up and help each other out. While the rest of the country may worry about how bad
0 4/09
2013
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