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  • Four tips for becoming more resilient

    Over the next few months, every unit in the Mighty Ninety will train Airmen on Comprehensive Airmen Fitness Resilience Skills. This training is essential to prepare each of us to handle life challenges we face every day. The Air Force definition of resiliency is the ability to withstand, recover and grow in the face of stressors and changing
  • Do you meet the physical standards?

    The temperature is 20 degrees below zero. The roads are treacherous. In my foggy, half-conscious state, I peek out my window to catch a glimpse of the recent snowfall. Before heading back to the comforts of my twin-size bed, I watch in awe as six Airmen make their way into the Fitness Center at Malmstrom Air Force Base. Who are these people, and
  • A helping hand in times of need

    The holidays are an especially important time of year. It brings about the joy of being with family and friends, eating turkey and watching football. Whether the family you choose to spend the time with is related, your neighbors down the street, or those crazy people you work with, they are family just the same. The military family has a big
  • Leadership -- an A1C's perspective

    So, you've graduated ALS and are assigned your first troop to supervise.Here's my question - do you have what it takes to be a leader, or are you simply the manager?There is a difference between leading your troops and managing them, and it's a quality we have all experienced in one way or another.One difference is a manager directs people, while a
  • Yes, seatbelts do save lives

    Folks, please allow me to take up a little of your bandwidth, email storage, time and attention for a moment. Maybe the boss will let this serve as your weekend safety briefing.I know it's the law, and most people wear their seatbelts, but for those of you who disagree with the law or are prone to forget to "click it" when you get in the car, this
  • ORM essential on, off duty

    In the nuclear enterprise we belong to, a great deal of trust and responsibility requires every Airman to make comprehensive operational risk management decisions both on and off duty. Managing risk at appropriate levels should be something each of us approaches with true and realistic concern for our personal safety as well as for those around us.
  • The importance of the military family

    Having been raised in the home of a Navy chief petty officer and dragged around the globe from Virginia to Maine to Maryland to Guam to Tennessee by the time I was seven and having been around the globe throughout my 13 year military career, I have found that no matter where in the world you may reside, having your family there to support you is
  • Veteran's Day a time to reflect on sacrifice of heroes past

    In Flanders Fields the poppies blow Between the crosses row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. Lt. Col. John McCrae penned those words nearly 100 years ago as he sat on the back of an ambulance outside of his dressing station, where he spent 17 days treating injured
  • Leadership at Every Level

    All of you have certainly heard me emphasize and discuss the importance of leadership and how leadership at every level of the organization is absolutely critical to our success. How successful do you think an organization would be if the leader was the most intelligent, charismatic and experienced leader you could find, but the lowest echelons of
  • Cuban Missile Crisis Airmen set the example

    Fifty years ago, our nation was on the brink of nuclear war with the Soviet Union. In an effort to gain advantage over the United States, the Soviets mounted a covert effort to place nuclear-armed ballistic missiles on the island of Cuba, holding our homeland at risk of nuclear attack with little or no warning. Posturing between the United States
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