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  • The Right to Lead

    Editor's note: this is the second in a series of articles addressing the Right to Lead. Your authority as a leader in the profession of arms includes the constitutional, legislative, and positional powers vested in you by the people of the United States, the president as commander in chief, and by your service. Constitutional and legislative
  • We take care of each other... it’s the wingman thing to do

    As the proverbial "critical days of summer" begins this weekend, I thought of the endless statistics I could spout, the safety briefings you'll receive, the unique dangers that the summer months bring with them or I could emphasize the sad reality that one of our coworkers, friends or family members could likely no longer be with us on Sept. 4 when
  • Out of character: Ways to stay balanced

    Warning signs: It usually starts with little things, as most calamities do, but there are always indicators along the way that a leader's character is starting to get out of balance. Self-image and individual perspective are, more often than not, the first things to change; the way a leader views others and the manner in which a leader treats
  • Out of character and in trouble

    Editor's note: This is the first in a two-part series on character and leadership. The second part discusses warning signs and ways to stay in character.Many good things have occurred in the military over the past two years, to include the successful drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq, NATO-led military operations in Libya and the training of Afghan
  • Doolittle Raid proved pivotal 70 years ago

    On April 19, 1942, Americans woke up to the news that Army Air Force planes had bombed Tokyo and other Japanese cities. After four months of doom and gloom that followed the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese conquest of Southeast Asia and continuing disheartening news from the Philippines, Americans finally received some good news.
  • Yes, You can write a commentary

    The Dispatch wants to hear from you. We encourage our readers to think about their roles in the Air Force and share their experiences in commentaries for this page.According to the Air Force instruction, "Editorials should help readers understand Air Force policies and programs. They must not imply criticism of other governmental agencies, nor
  • Character: the license to lead

    A leader's credentials emanate from within; rank, position, and authority pale in significance, to the power of a leader's character - the license to lead.~Kamena Inappropriate behavior, profound lack of judgment, pervasive pattern of unprofessional behavior, loss of confidence in his ability to lead..." - striking verbiage from actual statements
  • Women prove they have the 'right stuff' to fly

    March is Women's History Month, a time to remember the contributions of women to the defense of our country. In Colonial times, women helped their husbands defend their farms from Indian attacks. During the American Revolution, women such as Mary Hays McCauly, better known as Molly Pitcher, took care of their husbands and sons in many battles.
  • A commitment to caring with the Air Force Assistance Fund

    Spring is here again, and that means it's time for the Air Force Assistance Fund. Every year we as a force put aside six weeks to raise money for four charities who serve Airmen all year long. The AFAF is made up of charities whose benefits are only available to those in the Air Force family. The Air Force Aid Society, Air Force Village, Air Force
  • Silent sentinels: If class photos could speak

    It is easy enough to rush past the photos of previous classes posted along the walls of the Air War College. For some, these are but dated images of people who have little to do with our fast-paced world of hectic schedules, deadlines, classes, papers and exams. It is true black- and-white pictures of men wearing khaki uniforms seem out of place in