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  • Michigan to Liberia

    Michigan to the World.It was a Navy Reserve Sailor, stationed at Selfridge Air National Guard Base some years ago, who coined the  phrase: "Michigan to the World."Over the years, various catchphrases and slogans have been used at Selfridge: Michigan's Hometown Air Force, the Home of Generals, Home of the Mig Killers, the Most Diverse Base in the
  • 'Til death do us part

    Is your hyper-connected life taking you where you want to go? Have you  even given thought to the positive and negative consequences of the leaping advancement in technology?  Surely these are questions you should be asking yourself.It is amazing how someone can find a long-lost friend through a social networking site, enabling them to reconnect.
  • Stop the rumors, stop the gossip -- Just ask

    "Great minds discuss ideas, average ones discuss events, and small minds discuss people." - Eleanor Roosevelt.One of the advantages to being old is that you can remember back to when everything you needed to know in life could be learned by watching Happy Days. Two lessons I still carry with me.  I learned my parents did not know everything when
  • Are you ready?

    As a member of the United States military, we are always told to be ready at all times in case the order to deploy is given. This concept is understood by most personnel as we base almost all of our training and preparation around the eventuality of going off to war. A great example of this concept can be seen by all the hard work that has gone
  • Managing resiliency in difficult times

    For the most part, people have sought out my services as a counselor when they have experienced or are anticipating some type of loss in their life. This may be a divorce, a child moving on to college, a demotion, empty nest, deployment or a tragic death of a loved one. As we mourn, our resiliency or adaptation to life can be negatively impacted.
  • Quality, Safety and Teamwork equals: Mission Accomplishment

    I've had great opportunities to serve in many positions throughout my career and know successfully meeting mission requirements is our primary goal. To achieve this, three equally important components quickly come to mind that have to happen.Quality can be described in a number of different ways, depending on the perspective and the product or
  • Memorial Day message

    Airmen and families of the 127th Wing:As we head into Memorial Day weekend I would like to take a minute to remember and honor those who have sacrificed so much for our country to defend and preserve the freedoms that we enjoy today.  We should always remember that the freedoms that we so often take for granted were purchased at a price. For some -
  • Many changes, but still the best

    As I prepare to put on my uniform for the very last time, there is a great feeling of pride knowing that I was a part of the 127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base.Of course, over the last 34 years, the landscape has changed. I have watched many developments take place that have made Selfridge what it is today. Many may not remember that
  • What is your UTA score?

    High performing organizations and teams are successful, constantly looking to improve their performance and searching for new ways to win. The cornerstone for that success starts and ends with people.We are a culture obsessed with winning and we naturally associate winning with numbers and scores. For example, take the 2014 NFL Championship between
  • Looking back: the path was different, but it all matters

    Well, it's finally here. The day I've worked almost 40 years to get to.  And now that it's here, I have mixed feelings about it.  On one hand, I'm overjoyed to be able to get up every day and do what I want rather than climbing into the car for my 45 minute ride to go to work every day.  But on the other hand, I know I will miss the people.  I have