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  • Aug. 7 marks five years of deterring, assuring

    In a 2009 speech in Prague, President Barack Obama stated as long as nuclear weapons exist, "the United States will maintain a safe, secure and effective arsenal to deter any adversary, and guarantee that defense to our allies." This is what Air Force Global Strike Command does, and has successfully carried out since 2009.Upon stand up, this
  • Thankful to Those Who Would Stop to Thank a Uniform

    It's 6:15 p.m. at the Wal-Mart in this small central Missouri town. Aisle 17, Health and Beauty. A woman pushes her cart toward me; in the seat, a young child - perhaps her grandson - squirms; he's had his fill of shopping. The woman tries to catch my eye. When she does, she smiles and says, "Thank you. Thank you for serving our country, Soldier."I
  • Be an agent for change

    Have you ever stopped to think about how the Airmen that worked and flew the B-29 at the Spirit Gate would view the B-2 operation of 2014? I think they would be impressed, but not surprised. The Air Force has a long history of innovation and technological improvement. It is the nature of our business. With the ever-changing landscape of technology,
  • Leadership Lessons: Are you a team player?

    Improve your perception of being a Team Player. Sometimes we have to sacrifice what we want for the betterment of the team, the big picture, and the Air Force.I was a young second lieutenant and my supervisor surprised me with this comment on my mid-term feedback; I was mad. Things had come to a head between us after I had complained about being

    Eliminating sexual assault from the armed forces remains one of theDepartment of Defense's top priorities. This effort requires our absoluteand sustained commitment to providing a safe environment in which everyservice member and DoD civilian is free from the threat of sexual harassmentand assault. Our success depends on a dynamic and responsive
  • Protect Yourself and Your Family from Whooping Cough

    In 2012, Missouri had an increase in confirmed and probable cases of pertussis. It is a year-round disease that typically peaks in the fall and winter during cold and flu season. Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable, respiratory disease that can be passed easily from person-to-person. It is caused by a bacteria
  • Letter to Guard Airmen

    Fellow Guard Airmen,Today General Frank Grass will preside over an Assumption of Responsibilityceremony for me as I formally take the reins as the Director of the AirNational Guard (ANG). This is quite an honor and I am humbled at thisopportunity to serve all of you. I actually arrived in Washington two weeksago but the responsibility found me
  • You can make all the difference

    Everyone wants to work at an enjoyable job with mutual respect for co-workers. Within the 131st Bomb Wing, we have the unique opportunity to ensure people we work with are highly motivated and of a high caliber. This is because within the ANG, we have the luxury of recruiting our own personnel to serve alongside us in the 131st Bomb Wing. However,
  • Would your unit be able to function without the support of civilian employers?

    I had the amazing opportunity recently to travel to Colorado Springs with 27 civilian employers on a Boss Lift hosted by ESGR (Employer Support of The Guard and Reserve). Until I was selected for this trip I had never heard of a Boss Lift or really knew much about ESGR. After spending 15 hours with these employers I gained a much better
  • Know your threats; counter them with a good plan.

    We all had previous lives and experiences prior to entering the military. I was a police officer in the Greater St. Louis area. I gained much experience in dealing with people in unusual circumstances and much of the activity I dealt with was the lack of "personal accountability". When dealing with the public, there was always a reason of why it