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  • Honoring those who gave all

    I'd been in the Air Force for four months when Sept. 11 happened, and I was a young lieutenant assigned to Dover Air Force Base, Del. I was the flight commander for the vehicle operations flight, and we were in the center of everything that happened because New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. were spread out around us. As soon as it happened
  • Our enemy won't rest; neither can we

    Five years after that terrible morning, it still seems like yesterday. It's so fresh to me, in fact, that I can't force myself to watch "World Trade Center" or "Flight 93". That's not to say I'm trying to forget the attacks against the United States that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001; I want to remember - and honor - the heroism and sacrifice of the
  • Remembering 9/11

    It still hurts. I can still see the images flashing on the television screen like the echoes of ghosts that should have been put to rest by now. But in my heart, those echoes resonate just as clearly as that day five years ago when I watched CNN from the relative safety of Robins Air Force Base Ga., as four commercial airliners took away a sense of
  • UCI about more than following checklists

    With only 52 days until the unit compliance inspection, preparation is key to showing the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Inspector General team we know how to conduct business at RAF Mildenhall. The first thing we need to understand is that following a USAFE checklist only meets the minimum standards. Checklists are a starting point, and the best you
  • Farewell, good luck and Godspeed

    I thought I had said my last farewell for the summer season. After two group and multiple squadron changes of command, in addition to the usual seasonal rotation, I was sure we were done. Then, my command chief approached me about volunteering for a position in Southwest Asia. Chief Wilson said he was happy here, but he felt called to be more
  • We are each a part of the AEF master plan

    As a recent arrival to RAF Mildenhall, and as the new Services Squadron commander, I'm happy to be back at base level after a three-year staff job. My previous assignment was at the Air and Space Expeditionary Force Center at Langley Air Force Base, Va. Although it was different from base level, I learned a lot about how the Air force goes to war.
  • Excellence is not an act, it's a habit

    Excellence. It's one of our core values. We appreciate it when we see it in others. We pursue it in both our personal and professional lives. And, sometimes we achieve it in spectacular fashion. Three weeks ago, I wrote about four crew chiefs whose pursuit of excellence enabled the launch of an airplane with zero discrepancies. Last week, I
  • Obeying host nation laws is our responsibility

    If you throw chewing gum on the sidewalk in Thailand, you can be fined $600. Smoking is illegal at all public places in Singapore. In most countries outside the United States, turns at intersections can only be accomplished after the traffic light turns green. While driving in Denmark, you're required to operate your headlights in order to
  • Drinking trends change, responsibility doesn't

    There are certain topics that surface on a regular basis. Unfortunately, alcohol abuse is at the top of the list. In July 2005, I wrote about individuals going to bars alone, with their keys in their pockets, and attempting to drive home after they had consumed excessive amounts of alcohol. Well, the trend this summer is slightly different. Our
  • Embracing change puts you in better position

    The only thing constant Is change. We've all heard the saying before, but like many old sayings, there's a lot of truth to it. The Air Force has been dealing with change since 1947. Although there have been miss-steps, by and large our ability to employ change has made us the best air force in the world. It's my belief our organizational attitude
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