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  • Got Esprit de Corps?

    My first exposure to esprit de corps was as a cadet in ROTC. My detachment commander would rally up all the cadets on Leadership Lab Fridays. He would not only give a speech, but he also participated in the team-building events followed by meeting everyone afterwards. It wasn't his rank or position that made everyone help each other, encourage each
  • COMMENTARY: Tools of the trade

    On an uncharacteristically cool, crisp night, deep in the heart of Louisiana, efforts to evade capture by an opposition force came to a halt when, quite unintentionally, I managed to gift-wrap myself in the painful spirals of razor-sharp concertina wire that had been maliciously stretched across my intended escape route. Repeated flails did nothing
  • CFC: Find your reason to donate

    For the last six years, people have approached me during this time of year to ask if I would donate through the Combined Federal Campaign. These people caught my ear in different manners - some sat me down for a lengthy explanation of the CFC, some informed me of the CFC drive during commander's calls, some timidly approached me with small voices
  • Fish the streams of Colorado

    Bored on Buckley? Well how about going out and try reeling in a big one? There's plenty of fishing opportunities around the Buckley and the Denver metro area. So get out and try casting into some of Colorado's fishing destinations.Some of those destinations nearby would include the Aurora Reservoir, located about 10 miles southeast of Buckley,
  • Viewpoint - You never know when

    Leadership and mentorship - everyone has a view of what it entails. I'm no exception. Almost 23 years ago to this day, Lt. Col. "Joe Buck" Novich - my very first squadron commander - provided me some leadership lessons in a way that I've not seen duplicated to this day.In late June 1987, I was 30 days removed from having graduated from college and
  • Viewpoint: Attitude drives behavior

    As an individual mobilization augmentee chaplain and a senior pastor of the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Mobile, Ala., I have seen attitude drive behavior. A person's body language is a result of their mental attitude. By choosing your attitude you get in that mood and send out a message that everyone understands, consciously or
  • Viewpoint: Don't do dumb things

    As a cadet at Texas A&M University I was a member of an organization that annually marched in the final Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. It was a trip we all looked forward to for obvious reasons - three days away from college at Mardi Gras! Prior to departing we received a safety brief from our military advisor, an "experienced" Marine Corps
  • AFSPC commander sends Labor Day safety message

    Labor Day marks the end of summer and the last few days of the 2009 Critical Days of Summer safety campaign. We lost a valuable member of our AFSPC family in June -- not on vacation; just driving home from work on a two-lane blacktop in the middle of the day. Based upon Air Force statistics, four Airmen die each month while driving, riding or
  • Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: Being proactive

    Editor's Note: This is the first story in a seven-part series on the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. A class on these habits is offered periodically by the Airman and Family Readiness Center. Being proactive isn't just about getting down to business, but rather an outlook on life. I recently took a class, The Seven Habits of Highly
  • Airmen, civilians deserve kudos for power outage actions

    The 460th Civil Engineer Squadron led a joint effort Aug. 8 in the enormous task of upgrading the base power grid system. Not only was the power capacity increased, the 16-hour outage tested and proved the capabilities of the base in a "real world" scenario to keep the essential and critical missions operating. With the support of the 460th Space
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