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  • A day to honor

    The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks a monumental time in the history of the United States and our Allies. On that day in 1918, at 11 a.m., an armistice went into effect between the Allied Forces and Germany, marking the end of hostilities in World War I.A year later, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11, as the
  • The emotionless leader: Trusted and respected by Airmen

    "I don't want to hurt her career." "He's the best NCO I've got. I don't want to see him lose a stripe." How many times have you heard someone in a leadership position make statements such as these when contemplating disciplinary actions when an Airman or NCO makes a terrible decision? Whether due to an individual getting a DUI, failing multiple PT
  • Thank you, Colonel Day

    Saturday July 27, 2013 the world lost a hero. Myself, like many public affairs practitioners, had the honor of interviewing Col. Bud Day, Medal of Honor recipient. His name carries rock star status in the Air Force, as it should. The man was the walking definition of "true grit."Recently, I started a project, a volunteer effort to create a type of
  • America's Airmen...on the watch

    With 2013 just beginning, I couldn't help but reflect on the tremendous effort the CONR-1AF team put forth over the last year. While I pondered, I realized that many of you at Tyndall may not know anything about this tremendous organization. I'll do my best to fill you in.As commander of the Continental Region U.S. North American Aerospace Defense
  • With NASA’s final shuttle launch, JTF-STS wraps up its historic mission

    Today marks an important day in history as the world prepares to watch space shuttle Atlantis launch over Florida's space coast for its final voyage, bringing NASA's crewed Space Shuttle Program to an end.If you've followed NASA's Space Shuttle Program, you are aware of the inherent dangers that can come with space exploration. This is where Joint
  • Would you believe this is happening on Tyndall?

    Last weekend I witnessed something I never thought I would see on Tyndall. I went to the Felix Lake Shoppette to buy my Saturday newspaper when I saw a sign posted on the machine that said, "This machine operates at a LOSS every Sunday due to THEFT! I cannot afford to operate at a loss! This machine will be shut down on Sundays if theft continues.
  • Excellence in All We Do: Are we pushing it aside?

    The term 'excellence' is quickly, easily and rightfully associated with military service in America. It has always invoked images of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Guardians doing our nation's bidding in distant lands, in local disasters and tragedies, and in direct support of the population, both at home and abroad.Hearing the word
  • ANG Enlisted Force: Ready or not for 2025

    At the December 2010 Air National Guard Senior Leadership conference, the theme was, "2025: Are We Ready?" The conference topics and speakers focused on what will be coming at the Air National Guard in the approaching 15 years.For the enlisted force of the Air National Guard, being ready for 2025 requires deliberate actions today. All enlisted
  • Are you a reflection of ‘Air Force Blue’?

    Each day, when you wake up and put on the uniform of our great Air Force, do you ever stop to think about the awesome responsibilities fundamental to the privilege of donning Air Force blue? Over time, coupled with societal changes, it seems to me that our Air Force Core Values are becoming increasingly more difficult for Airmen to follow and
  • Don’t read this commentary—it’s just a sobering personal journal entry

    Wednesday, Dec. 22 - Holiday cheer seems to be permeating our entire organization. Judged the office decorating contest. Tied up loose ends with my directors before most head off on well-deserved holiday leave. Drafted commander's commentary for January issue of base newspaper. Thursday, Dec. 23 - Christmas spirit is in abundance! Command Element
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