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  • Wrecking Waste

    Vast destruction is on the horizon within the U.S. Air Force; Joint Base Andrews is no exception. In a service-wide effort to reduce the carbon footprint by 20 percent, or 15 million square feet, all ineffective facilities are facing demolition between fiscal year 2006 and 2020. The 11th Civil Engineer Squadron has been busting down the Air
  • Happy Holidays to AFDW Airmen

    AFDW Family,As we enter into the holidays, please accept my best wishes for a safe, happy holiday season as well as my appreciation for your selfless service.Since joining the AFDW team five months ago, I've seen you execute complex missions with pride, precision and teamwork. You've done the same in taking care of our fellow Airmen and community
  • Success...it's a state of mind

    What is success? I believe success is a state of mind. It is having the determination to keep trying while applying lessons from past failings or experiences. Success is the willingness to pursue your dreams and goals while facing challenges to reach your goals. Take Winston Churchhill for an example; did you know that he failed sixth grade or that
  • Let's Talk About Consent, Baby

    During Bystander Intervention Training, as well as other SARC briefings, the most asked questions and ones that seem to cause the greatest confusion and uncertainty are questions about consent. What is consent? How do I know if I have consent? The heartening part is young men and women alike want to make sure they have consent before engaging in
  • Looking Back

    There's an old blues song that says "There's no future in the past." Many live otherwise, wanting to revisit or even return to the past. There are so many times when one has new opportunity all around, only to live with regret over missing the past. While it is good to hold on to fond memories and even reminisce from time to time, one must keep in
  • The Adventure of Life

    "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing," said Helen Keller. "Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure." I could not agree more! Nevertheless, I have met many people over the years who have thought that religious people of faith live
  • Ethical Wills

    We all know of the will; a legal document with which we bequeath money and objects to loved ones and organizations upon our death. But, have you ever heard of an ethical will? It is a letter, usually written by parents to their children, in which parents bequeath advice, life lessons, love and hopes about the life they wish their children to
  • Taking leave to support the mission

    As always, the weeks and months of summer seem to be moving along quite rapidly. As the clock ticks, also comes another season full of folks who are PCS-ing to and from Andrews. Summer reminds us of yet another important season, that of family vacations or depending on your budget, stay-cations (vacations while still at home). If you are like most
  • My job is prosecuting sexual assault

    Here's a simple truth...sexual offenders reject our core values of integrity, service and excellence, in favor of following their own base, undisciplined, criminal desires. Most sexual assaults committed by Airmen are "blue on blue," or Airmen victimizing other Airmen. So in addition to rejecting our core values, these undisciplined Airmen reject
  • What's your story?

    I remember the phone call three years ago like it happened an hour ago. My sister called to tell me our dad had died unexpectedly in his sleep. Among the many emotions I encountered shortly thereafter, I distinctly remember reflecting on my dad's Air Force service as I watched his flag being folded by sharp Air Force honor guard members.My dad only