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  • 460th SFS launches “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine” enforcement campaign against speeding

    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during 2015, more than 9,500 lives were lost across America in speeding-related traffic crashes. Even one life lost to speeding is too many. Here at Buckley Air Force Base, we’re taking the safety of our members to the next level. The 460th Security Forces Squadron will intensify
  • Why YOUR Safety Matters

    Why?  This is a question we in the safety office are asked almost every time we investigate an off duty mishap. Why does the Air Force care so much about me during my off duty time?  Why does the Air Force care if I drive a motorcycle?  Why do I have to see my supervisor to get permission to participate in a high risk activity when I am off
  • Leadership Lab with Chief Lindsey

    Over my almost 29-year Air Force career, I have been blessed to have served with very outstanding leaders at all levels. If I were to sum it all up, I would say leadership was the most fascinating attribute each of my senior leaders possessed. There are three distinct things that stand out to me. They are as follows:First: Start being a leader
  • Being a supervisor, leader is not always easy

    In my 37 years of service to the United States Air Force, both as an active duty Chief Master Sergeant and Senior GS civilian supervisor, I have always wondered why many supervisors find honest feedback, both positive and negative difficult. Is it that some supervisors do not want to be confrontational? Want to be liked? Don’t have the skills to confront poor performance?
  • An Overlooked Aspect of Leadership

    One of the things I value from a leadership perspective is the ability of a leader to follow. Have you ever heard of the phrase, “too many Chiefs; not enough Indians?” This phrase refers to a group of people with a common goal who all appear to be leaders, yet progress is difficult to achieve. While it can be important for any group to have a leader, followers are essential for a leader to exist. After all, what is the value of a leader if they are all alone?
  • Leading with virtues

    As our world becomes more complex and more things vie for our attention, it is paramount that leaders remain firmly grounded in who they are. However, life can be hectic and sometimes the best we can do is keep our heads above water. How do we lead and care for those under us while also answering to those above us, staying up to date on our
  • A story of resilience

    What is resilience? Webster’s dictionary defines resilience as “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change”. Well, I’d like to take a moment of your time to tell you my story on resilience and how it changed my life in a way I never imagined possible. It’s one of those stories we all hear about, but think to ourselves
  • 11 Space Warning Squadron History

    1 October 2017 marked a historic day for the 11th Space Warning Squadron. Not only was it the 23rd anniversary of the unit’s activation, it marks the completion of the unit’s first Space Mission Force (SMF) operations cycle performing the Spaced-Based Infrared Systems (SBIRS) mission. While this is certainly a great day in 11 SWS history, the unit
  • Every Airman a Leader

    “Every Airman a Leader.”  I firmly believe that.  Our service to our nation requires the habit of excellence.  Each of us must strive to be better today than we were yesterday.  We must be prepared to act without waiting for direction; to lead from where we stand.Twenty-seven years ago, I was on a bus full of Airmen arriving at Keesler AFB,
  • When the light at the end of the tunnel goes out

    When you see a service member at a gas station or stopping at the grocery store on their way home from work, you might see the uniform with all its stereotypes that live within the fabric. We’re supposed to be invincible; we’re supposed to be in top physical shape, and we’re supposed to be able to pack our bags and leave the country at a moment’s