Commentary

May 18, 2012

Memorial Day a time to celebrate and reflect

by Brig. Gen. Robert C. Nolan II
Air Force Flight Test Center commander

As we approach Memorial Day weekend, I want to thank each of you for your hard work and dedication to our important mission.

For most Americans, Memorial Day has become the traditional start of summer, but this special day is much more than that.

Memorial Day began after the Civil War as a way to commemorate fallen Union Soldiers. Following World War II, it became a day to remember the men and women from every branch of our armed forces who died while serving on our behalf.

So this Memorial Day, as you celebrate safely with family and friends, I ask that you take a moment to honor the memory of those men and women who have lost their lives defending our freedom. Without their sacrifice, our way of life and everything we hold dear would be very different.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community - There is an old saying: “Give someone a fish and you feed them for a day; teach someone to fish and you feed them for life.” The same is true in developing character.  You can give a law or command...
 
 

The Emotionless Leader: trusted, 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...
 
 

A Chaplain’s perspective on sexual assault

Have you ever had your soul torn in two? In other words, have you ever been hurt at such a deep level that you don’t think you will ever be healed again? That is what happens with a sexual assault. It cuts deep into a person so that their very being is damaged in ways...
 

 

Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community - We don’t like people to be insincere. But how do we know when a person is insincere?  George Orwell said long ago, “The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s...
 
 

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: ‘Blurred Lines’: Is it all hype?

“Everybody get up, everybody get up, hey, hey, hey … hey, hey, hey … hey, hey, hey” and the lyrics go on. Many of you can hear the catchy tune and are singing the song in your head right now. Yes, it’s “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke in his chart-topping song. The chorus goes on...
 
 
Courtesy photo

100 pounds later: The new me

Courtesy photo A before and after photo of Master Sgt. April Lapetoda, who lost 100 pounds and has since completed a marathon and several half marathons. She is the superintendent of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing public affa...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>