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Preparing to fight the perfect war

Posted August 3, 2012 by by Robert J. Kaschak

How would you prepare to fight the perfect war? Is it possible, or does this only apply when used as a rhetorical question? While using a popular search engine to search the World Wide Web, it was noted that the words perfect and war are rarely seen together. Is this an indicator that it is…

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March’s Dental chief speaks out

Posted August 3, 2012 by by Lt. Col. Jesus A. Flores

As a dentist who has been at March Air Reserve Base for more than 18 years, I noticed that dental compliance has always been a difficult issue with many members on this base. Although it is mandatory by a DOD directive from AFRC, many squadrons continue to have a high non-compliance rate for their dental…

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Searching for answers during bad times

Posted August 3, 2012 by by Chaplain Aaron Klaves

In the aftermath of the Aurora, Colorado, shooting, people across the nation began trying to make sense of this truly senseless act. Of course, some people immediately needed answers about friends and loved ones living nearby: Were they at the movie theater that night? If so, are they ok? Police agencies, too, were quickly looking…

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March Minutes | July 29, 2012

Posted August 3, 2012 by

Maj. Joshua Chambers Chief Tactics and Plans, Assistant Director of Operations, 912 ARS Hometown: Oneonta, NY 0200 Snooze, 0209 snooze, 0218 … I guess it’s time to give in and get up. Happy Sunday! 0336 Crew show, the buildings are way too dark and quiet. 0405 Spoke to the receiver point of contact and they have a rendezvous…

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Strengthening our core

Posted July 27, 2012 by by Col. Jim Dryjanski

WASHINGTON D.C. — The greatest threat to the United States Air Force right now is not external, but from within. The allegations of sexual misconduct at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, splashed across the news will undoubtedly be fully investigated and criminal behavior will be prosecuted appropriately. The victims will be heard and they will…

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Does the EPR need a bailout?

Posted July 27, 2012 by by Tech. Sgt. Kitsana R. Dounglomchan

What do enlisted performance reports, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America have in common? They suffer from bad brand name recognition. So, what should we do? Should we bail out our EPR system? We should rename the EPR system. We could change the name to Yearly Evaluation Report or YER? Years ago, we hoped a…

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Caring for our Airmen in times of tragedy

Posted July 20, 2012 by by Lt. Col. Jupe Etheridge

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan (AFNS) — Do you have Airmen who depend on you? If so, are you ready for when unthinkable tragedies strike? How about an accidental death, a suicide, battlefield casualty, or even murder, are you prepared to inform families, friends and coworkers? Prepared or not, the aftermath of such an event may…

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Be careful what you post; it could hurt your career

Posted July 20, 2012 by by Staff Sgt. Frances Kriss

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AFNS) — Social media quickly became a widespread form of interactive communication and has been incorporated in the way people conduct business, including the military. Since it was a fairly new concept a few years ago, we had the freedom to post whatever opinions we had on our personal social media…

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Something from nothing?

Posted July 20, 2012 by by Chaplain Aaron Klaves

One of my new favorite quotes comes from Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee once said, when referring to life, “It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.” ...

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Air Force needs leaders who ‘Own It’

Posted July 13, 2012 by by Chief Master Sgt. Patrick McMahon

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — Former Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Curtis E. LeMay once so accurately stated, “I’m firmly convinced that leaders are not born; they’re educated, trained…

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