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First impressions hard to reverse

Posted July 13, 2012 by by Master Sgt. Michael Hansell

As members of the United States Air Force we have a duty to uphold a professional image no matter when or where we are and whether we are on or off duty. This includes our personal appearance, conduct and behavior 24/7.

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Effective leadership requires both iron hand, velvet glove

Posted August 31, 2012 by by Master Sgt. BRIAN VIDRINE

Gen. George Patton said, “A leader is a man who can adapt principles to circumstances.” In short, as varied the situations we find ourselves in as leaders, so too are the potential approaches we take to leadership. When I was entrusted to serve as the 56th Medical Group’s first sergeant, my first emotions were fear…

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Fly Over: ‘Lolita’, ‘Revan’

Posted November 9, 2012 by

In bookstores: ‘Lolita’ by Macario Mora I was raised differently than many of my privileged friends. When I was grounded for partaking in mischievous childhood adventures, I wasn’t denied certain paltry rights like TV or video games; I was denied my freedom. Instead of a slap on the wrist for punching a cat or terrorizing…

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Chaplain thoughts – January 25, 2012

Posted January 25, 2013 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theadore Wilson,

“I look upon the spiritual life of the soldier as even more important than his physical equipment … the heart, spirit and soul are everything.” ~ Gen. George C. Marshall I encourage you to read Psalm 91 which is often referred to as the “Soldier’s Psalm;” it is more than good enough for Airmen too….

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Sexual assault has no place in DOD, official says

Posted April 5, 2013 by af.mil

WASHINGTON – Sexual assault has no place in the Defense Department, a senior Pentagon official said April 2, calling on the workforce to be part of the solution. In a keynote address kicking off Aberdeen Proving Ground’s observance of National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, acting Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Jessica L….

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Fly Over: ‘Fast & Furious 6’, and ‘The Internship’

Posted June 7, 2013 by Grace Lee and Macario Mora

In theaters: ‘Fast & Furious 6’ I’ve always been a fan of the “Fast & Furious” movie franchise. After hearing how great the sixth movie is, I had to see it. “Fast & Furious 6” is about a team of criminal gang members led by Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) who retired after their heist in…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted August 2, 2013 by Chaplain (Maj.) David Barns

  “If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape 100 days of sorrow.” ~Chinese proverb There is a Chinese proverb that says, “If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape 100 days of sorrow.” Who among us doesn’t know the truth of this proverb? How often have…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted October 4, 2013 by Chaplain (Maj.) David Barns

Courtesy photo Thomas Edison “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ~ Thomas Edison During the California Gold Rush, there was a man who sold all he had and bought a gold mine. He worked for many months and found nothing. Finally,…

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Small business: Why is it important?

Posted November 22, 2013 by Maj. QUOC-NAM NGUYEN

Luke Air Force Base is a strong advocate for small businesses. Small businesses are the building blocks that make our country great. Small businesses are not only important to the Air Force, they are important to our nation. Statistics show small businesses are the job creators and innovators, contributing significantly to our nation’s gross national…

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Recipe for leadership? Be best you can be

Posted January 24, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. DONALD STROUD

Is there a special recipe for leadership? In today’s Air Force we struggle trying to find that special recipe to get our teams to perform at their top levels of efficiency. As technology catapults us into the future and new leadership philosophies develop through the halls of Harvard and Stanford, we still rely on the…

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