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  • Keeping Our Systems Safe

    What comes to mind when you hear the word cyber, cyberspace or cybersecurity? Being that the cyberspace domain is a primary highway for transactions vital to every part of modern life, it's no surprise that cyberspace is currently an Air Force priority. The only domain created by man, it's dynamic and evolving and is connected with operations on
  • Adhere to the Big Things -- and the Little

    "Service as an Airman in the United States Air Force is both an honor and a privilege." These are the first words of the newly-released Air Force Policy Directive 1, concerning Air Force Culture. "The Air Force environment at home station or forward deployed, encompasses the actions, values and standards we live by each and every day, whether on or
  • Observations from the inside: What it takes to be an effective SNCO

    This past week, I had the opportunity to stand shoulder to shoulder with Tech. Sg. Sheila Lipe in front of her peers and listen as her promotion order to master sergeant was read to the group. Hosting these small events and being part of something that means so much to one of my Group's members is truly rewarding, and it's one of the reasons I
  • What a Journey

    It's been a long journey, but I did not make the journey alone. I received help from others along the way, tools to aid me, guidance to keep me on track and Wingmen to assist in my travels as a Citizen Airman. As I reflect back on my journey from childhood to the present, I'm reminded of many lessons in discipline from my parents and the military.
  • “A Farewell to the Profession of Arms”

    Over 50 years ago General Douglas MacArthur gave his farewell speech to the Corp of Cadets at West Point. I believe some of his words are worthy of repeating and are still applicable to our profession today. I have picked out some excerpts to share.General MacArthur writes;"Duty, Honor, Country:"I will inject Integrity, Service, and Excellence; as
  • Making New Friends in Estonia

    Two Airmen. One young enough to be my son. Another old enough to be my father. Make it three Airmen. One in an American uniform - me - and two Estonians.I was leading a tour at Amari Air Base in Estonia. That's where the Michigan Air National Guard deployed a group of Airmen and several of our aircraft for a couple of weeks to support Saber Strike
  • Exercises save lives, improve efficiency

    The 127th Wing will hold an operational readiness exercise Oct. 10-17 - the first of four OREs before the wing's operational readiness inspection in October 2013. The first ORE is only 19 weeks away, and it will be here before we know it. I have heard many times in my career from my fellow Guardsmen that an "inspection ready organization is not
  • Striving for All Types of Excellence

    I chose my favorite of the Air Force's core values as the topic for this month's article. My all time favorite is excellence in all you do. I think that it is my favorite because adherence to this one core value means that many other problems will take care of themselves. I challenge each of you to spend time deciding on your own core values there
  • The Importance of Counting Tankers

    Where are they today?I ask that question every workday at about 20 minutes after 6 in the morning. For some, perhaps, the fact that the highlight of my workday comes so early in the morning could be viewed as a negative, but for me, that simple question can keep me going all day - Where are they today?The "they" in question are the KC-135
  • Be Part of Sexual Assault Solution

    April is sexual assault awareness month. One out of three women and one out of four men have experienced some form of sexual assault or have been victimized by harassment or bullying. Everyone is affected by sexual harassment or violence, either directly or by knowing someone who is a survivor of sexual assault or harassment. Dr. Alan Berkowitz is