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  • My Iraq vacation

    During the summer of 2005, I was given an offer I couldn't refuse. I had the opportunity to spend a fabulous vacation guaranteed to be filled with lots of sun and sand, all on my Uncle Sam's tab. The down side was that the location was more than 6,000 miles from my husband and two small children. And the sun I was to enjoy would easily top 140
  • Bolling beautification -- a team effort

    As the commander of the 11th Mission Support Group, I have many responsibilities that support the variety of units and their missions here at Bolling Air Force Base. As "The Chief's Own" and host to numerous Air Force leadership events in the National Capitol Region, we welcome distinguished visitors here daily. Whether they are national, state or
  • 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