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  • Direct hotline to AFDW/CC has simple rules of engagement

    The AFDW Commander's Hotline is fully operational and ready for use. The rules of engagement are simple. I only ask that you don't make me the first stop for your concern or question. If there is an organization in place that gets paid to solve the problems, please allow them the first crack at it. This will be the first question I ask to ensure
  • 9/11: AFDW servicemembers remember ten years later

    Marsha Johnson, Air Force District of Washington Deputy Director of Staff I was at the McConnell AFB fitness center finishing up morning PT when I watched the second tower attack and then watched the rest of the day unfold on the TV in the lobby. I knew two people who were lost in the tragedy - both at the Pentagon. U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Maude working
  • My journey back to normal

    Between August 2009 and March 2010, I lost myself during my deployment to Afghanistan. The night I came home, my world came apart, and I've been picking the pieces up ever since. My family and co-workers greeted me coming out of the secure area of the airport and as I went to hug my son, I looked into his eyes and could tell he no longer had any
  • Please, hang up and drive

    If you've been in the Air Force for a while, you might know the name Gary Kunich. He worked for European Stars and Stripes around the time I first entered the Air Force in 1999. He retired in 2006 as a master sergeant, but he has never put down the pen: today he writes for local publications in his adopted hometown of Kenosha, Wis.Today, he has a
  • Chief's Corner -- Every job is a self portrait

    Many of us may have heard the phrase, "Every job is a self-portrait. Autograph your work with excellence." However, have we stopped to consider that the way we accomplish our work on a daily basis, autographs the self portrait of our organizations? Our immediate duty sections, elements, flights, squadrons, groups and wings are representations of
  • Essential leadership traits

    Over the span of a career, one has the opportunity to hear many leaders speak and provide their philosophy on leadership traits. In some cases, the words or examples they use will resonate with you personally. Which speakers or which leadership ideas resonate with you will be individually dependent, and influenced by your upbringing and own
  • We're Ready ... Bring on the CI!

    Fellow members of the 89th Airlift Wing, our preparations are complete, and we are poised to show the Air Mobility Command Inspector General team arriving Wednesday why "expertise matters" and how our people and programs reflect our motto: "Perfection is the Standard!"I could not be more proud of our SAM FOX team's accomplishments, mission
  • 'We are Ceremonial Guardsmen!' - Lt. Col. Powell reflects to his unit on the six contributing factors leading to their success

    When I took command of U.S. Air Force Honor Guard in June, 2009, Lt. Col. Anthony Taylor, former USAF Honor Guard commander, leaned over to me and said, "Get ready for the ride of your life!" Was he ever right! It's been a tremendous honor and joy for me to be your commander these past two years. I will take away memories for a lifetime. Today,
  • From the Top - Total Force

    The Air Force has experienced a great deal over the past ten years. The numerous contingency and crisis actions around the world requiring Air Force assets and assistance continue to stress the need for airpower, and the Total Force continues to answer the call. With the active component asked to do more and more, the Air Force Reserve component
  • No pencil eraser for social media mistakes

    In February 2010, Pentagon officials authorized using social networks on unclassified military computers. They believe the benefits of social media outweigh security concerns. However, operational security has always been a military constant and that has not diminished with the advent of social media. If anything, OPSEC has become more important
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