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  • Air Force acquisition success measured by customer success

    In the 42nd Contracting Squadron our goal is to exceed our customers' expectations and their mission requirements. We are making massive strides in reaching our goal, however, in order to continue making these great strides we need "you," our customer, to assist in two very important areas.First, obtain contacting assistance early in the planning
  • From basic to command chief, AF experience brings rewards

    The journey from the heart of Alabama to the top of the Air Force's enlisted ranks has been an exciting and rewarding trip. Departing Orrville, Ala., in 1981 carried me from a place and time where doctor's offices as late as 1979 still hung antiquated signs separating patients by race. The entryways of at least one restaurant had yet to remove an
  • How have you contributed to American citizenship?

    As I ponder the thought of citizenship, I can almost hear the voices of our ancestors, voices seeking a listening ear; echoing words of freedom, justice and equality. An ear to hear their cry of acceptance, the hope of receiving a fair shake, an opportunity to prove their worth without being ridiculed or enslaved. What our forefathers sought was
  • SACS visit continues long tradition of peer review

    In 1946, Lt. Gen. Muir Fairchild, the first Air University commander, undertook the mission to establish the world's finest professional military education institution for the study and advancement of Airpower. General Fairchild and his faculty knew their stuff; he was an air combat veteran of two world wars and had helped develop and implement the
  • Conquering resistance to change

    "Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become" (Unknown). Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century events have often generated the need for organizational change. We all understand that change must occur in order to progress and leaders are charged with creating an environment that promotes
  • Presidential Inauguration: Witness to History

    I now know what is meant by a "sea of people." Tuesday, standing with millions of others along the two mile long park known affectionately as "America's front yard," I tried to comprehend the enormity of the crowd surrounding me on the National Mall. Members of the Boy and Girl Scouts of America roamed the Mall handing out small American flags.
  • Following the dream ... today and the day after

    The time has come once again to celebrate the vision and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. During the month of January, we gather to remember what then seemed "a voice crying in the wilderness." How could America of that time transition to the America of the dream? Was Dr. King a man born before his time? Was the dream really possible, or was it
  • Follow these strategies to prevent holiday stress, illness

    A holiday stress prevention strategy is key to avoiding the pitfalls of holiday stress. This may be especially true if the holiday season has taken an emotional toll in previous years. Some practical tips can help minimize negative stress and enhance the positive stressors often associated with the holiday season. Strategies to head off holiday
  • Education serves as key to military success

    Success in modern warfare demands the rigorous preparation of leaders that comes only from education. In fact, the uncertainty and complexity of modern warfare make a good education equally, if not more, important than training. While highly trained leaders may prove tactically successful, only the educated can expect strategic success. Remember,
  • Fighting the Flu: Easy steps to ease illness

    The flu season has begun, and there are easy steps to prevent getting sick. Getting a flu shot is the first and most important step. Because the inoculation only protects against viruses, not bacteria, it is also important to wash hands often, especially before eating or touching the face, and covering the mouth and nose went coughing or sneezing.