• Fitness as a lifestyle—can I get there?

    Are you hoping to be promoted soon? Are you looking at being a candidate for in-residence professional military education? Are you embracing fitness or doing everything possible to avoid it? Your answer to the last question can significantly affect the answers to the first two. Let me explain.Fitness has been a part of my life since I was in the
  • Would ‘I am on a profile’ work in the civilian world?

    Recently, I was preparing to head out to our unit physical fitness training - or PT as we like to call it - when I asked an Airman why he could not participate in the commander-directed weekly fitness session. He told me that he was on a physical profile that limited him from doing anything at fitness formations."Wow," I thought. "Shouldn't he be
  • ‘Tyranny of distance’ not an obstacle for AFNORTH’s Haiti relief operations

    There are 1,160 miles that separate the 601st Air & Space Operations Center from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Under 'normal' circumstances, that distance may seem insurmountable when trying to coordinate more than 130 inbound and outbound aircraft daily that are bringing life-saving supplies to a single damaged runway.But that coordination is happening
  • Another flu shot? Why it’s important

    Two hundred years ago, the average life expectancy was about 40 years. Today, it is nearly 80 years. That doubling of life expectancy can be almost entirely attributed to just two things: improved sanitation and immunizations. All other medical advances combined don't even begin to come close to the effects of those two. The success of vaccines has
  • The ‘happy’ medium between OPSEC and social networking: can it be achieved?

    I can recall sitting in my office at Kelly Air Force Base, Texas, when I first realized that email was going to revolutionize our way of doing business. I remember thinking to myself, 'Wow...I just got an email from a 2-star general congratulating me on my promotion to lieutenant colonel.' In the olden days, I would have received a third-generation
  • Lorenz on Leadership - The art of objective decision-making

    Making decisions is something we all do each and every day. Most decisions are made without much thought, almost unconsciously and, in many cases, automatically. Others, however, are decisions that involve time and thought, and can impact more than just ourselves. These are the decisions where the process is an art - it defines who we are as

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