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  • My Last Article

    One score and seven years ago (that's 27 years to you and I) I became a member of the greatest Air Force the world has ever known. Unlike some, I wasn't predestined to join the military; my father or my grandfather didn't leave me with that legacy. We all have our reasons for serving. Some serve because it's a family tradition, others feel it's
  • Preparing for changes

    I recently took command of the 11th Mission Support Squadron and immediately realized how much "change" is impacting the unit. The many changes in the manpower and personnel career field directly impact all of the entire Air Force family; total force, retirees, dependents and civilians. A few years ago, the Air Force personnel transformation
  • Proud to serve

    While assigned to serve Airmen of a remarkable unit, the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard, I continue to note one of the most humbling experiences in my 26-year tenure, the opportunity to stand on the grounds of the Air Force Memorial. Like most experiences, they only become important when we assign and retain meaning to them. The memorial itself is of
  • New commander poised for AFDW's future

    Today I took command of the Air Force District Washington. Sharon and I would like to thank everyone for the great welcome. I am thrilled for the opportunity to command AFDW and build upon your accomplishments under the leadership of Maj. Gen. Robert Smolen. I am eager to get out and meet with you over the next few weeks. In the meantime, I wanted
  • The price of freedom is eternal vigilance

    As we look to celebrate our nation's Independence Day, our fellow warriors are serving around the globe to insure America remains strong and free. Each of you, as part of the "Chief's Own," plays a vital role in protecting and preserving our American way of life, ensuring our children and our children's children will remain free. Thomas Jefferson
  • Time gone bye

    Time flies when you are having fun and it seems like just the other day I accepted the twin guidons signifying the Air Force District of Washington and the Air Force National Capital Region. What an amazing time this has been. We stood the command up at Bolling, reorganized Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and stood up the 316th Wing. We also stood up
  • Face-to-face communication key in knowing your people

    We have all been ingrained with the definition of leadership. After reading numerous professional military education articles, one could recite a phrase that would probably sound like, "Leadership is the art or the ability of an individual to influence and direct others to contribute toward the effectiveness and success of the organization and its
  • Keeping a positive attitude

    As I was driving to work this morning watching the many different people on the Beltway 500, a word stuck in my mind. The word was "attitude." Thinking of this word brings to mind things like how we look at one another, how we act toward one another and how we feel toward each other. Attitude is one thing we all can control. If you start your day
  • Dress Right, Dress

    Recently I participated in an open-ranks inspection with our commander. As I was standing in formation, I noticed many people walking by and staring at us. I could tell they were wondering what we were doing, but nobody stopped to ask, although some did take the time to watch. Standing there and taking all of this in, I felt proud that we were
  • Ride the iron horse with respect for yourself, the machine and environment

    I have enjoyed motorcycle riding ever since owning my first "Iron Horse," a Honda Nighthawk, back in 1983. There's just something exhilarating about riding - the tough-guy image, the carefree feeling and the intoxicating rush of invincibility. But in all my years of riding, I have always kept focused on three life-saving elements - respect for
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