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  • AFDW: We stand ready

    “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty… If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” -- Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to Col. Charles Yancey, Jan. 6, 1816.   Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, 2017, was a federal holiday for most

  • Words Matter - So Think Before You Speak

    How often do you say something you wished could be taken back the moment it left your mouth? Those situations happen all of the time, and to nearly everyone. Sir Winston Churchill, one of Britain’s most influential leaders and speakers, once stated, “We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of

  • Happy Independence Day!

    Team AFDW,Happy Independence Day!  As we prepare to spend a long weekend with our families and friends, I would like to take just a moment to reflect on why Independence Day is such an important day to us as Airmen and Americans.The tradition of Independence Day goes back to the 18th century and the

  • Inappropriate short cuts cost

    We've been getting injury prevention advice for years. So much so, that some don't give it much thought anymore.  It may be because societal influences continue to bombard us with what we consider to be desired social norms or it may be because social media has inundated us with "hey watch this"

  • Sexual assault prevention: moving beyond awareness

    Every April since 2001, the nation has focused its attention on sexual assault awareness and the impact this crime has on those who have experienced it. This year, the Department of Defense deliberately renamed the annual effort Sexual Assault Awareness and PREVENTION Month. I want to take this

  • Overcoming failures

    You will fail. The question is, how will you respond?This reminds me of a parable of the carrot, egg and coffee.A senior airman was distraught when he learned he did not make staff sergeant after his first time testing. His staff sergeant supervisor saw a teaching opportunity and the next day he

  • The Air Force issued me my 'kids'

    While I've decided to live the child-free lifestyle, the Air Force, in its infinite wisdom, saw the need to issue me two kids. They are both straight out of technical training and brand new to the Air Force -- and one is still too young to accept an adult beverage.Let's be honest: As children do,

  • Asking for help is sign of strength not weakness

    Growing up I was a big fan of Muhammad Ali. He was the world heavyweight boxing champion and unashamedly referred to himself as "The Greatest." I vividly remember a reporter asking Ali, "When did you know that you were 'The Greatest?'" Before Ali could answer, the reporter offered, "Perhaps it was

  • 'To the Colors'

    Beginning Monday, Nov. 17 at 7 a.m., after the sounding of Reveille, another bugle call will play. This may not be familiar to those who have been assigned to Joint Base Andrews for a while.That bugle call is named "To the Colors," and is sounded to pay honors to our nation, flag and service members

  • AFDW/CC establishes hotline

    Our Airmen are our most valuable resource. When you aren't able to focus on your mission, you aren't able to operate at 100 percent. I want to help ensure each and every one of you is able to focus on mission accomplishment.When you are facing a hurdle that is distracting you from accomplishing the