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  • Airmen helping Airmen … Can you help?

    I had been a supporter of the Air Force Assistance Fund for 19 years prior to 2005 when I decided to step up and volunteer to be our squadron point of contact for the AFAF drive. About a week later I received an e-mail from the 388th Fighter Wing executive officer congratulating me on being selected as the AFAF POC for the entire wing. I didn't
  • Holocaust days of rememberance

    When World War II ended in 1945, more than 6 million European Jews were killed by the Nazis, or by the conditions they faced while in concentration camps. Entire families perished together, children were orphaned and names were lost but never forgotten. This year, Holocaust Remembrance Day falls on April 15 and throughout the week of April 16-20;
  • Keeping up Airmen’s morale with 3 C’s

    We've all had a co-worker or subordinate share feelings of unhappiness with the job or lacks motivation. How do you help them to improve their morale? How do you help create a solution? I'd like to outline the three C's of morale: competence, contribution and connection. When trying to get to the bottom of someone's low morale or motivation, there
  • Getting chewed out may not be that bad

    In my four years of being an Airman in the Air Force, I've seen many persons on the receiving end of a good chewing out, myself being that individual on more than one occasion. Although some of these of these verbal assaults have little long-lasting effects, the ones that stick with me generally are when I recognize the error of my ways and know I
  • What black history means to me

    Black History Month is the one period during the year that allows all Americans to learn about the accomplishments of black Americans. The American tapestry is composed of people from every country on the globe and recognizing their collective talents is the one single trait that makes this country great. Black people alone were brought to America
  • The new year, what's expected

    Now that you have stopped inadvertently signing your personal checks with a 2006 date and have finally realized 2007 is upon us, what is your New Year's resolution? Is it to stop smoking, lose weight, get into better shape, or spend more time with your children? These are certainly noble resolutions, but I thought I would deviate somewhat from
  • As Nellis goes, so goes the Air Force

    "As goes Nellis, so goes the United States Air Force." During my four assignments here over the last three decades, I have heard that line a lot. So, how is Nellis "going?" Well, last weekend during our air show, I had the opportunity to explain what Nellis is all about and how we're "going" to some friends of my family who were visiting. Pete and
  • What is the A-76 process, and what does it mean to you?

    During the next year, Nellis will undertake an "A-76" activity, which will affect hundreds of Airmen's assignments and may create new jobs for civilians. This "A-76" process involves 57th Wing maintainers and will be facilitated by the 99th Air Base Wing's Contracting and Mission Support Squadrons. Even if the "A-76" effort doesn't affect you
  • USAF Warfare Center perspective on Air Force Smart Operations 21

    For those who were around in the mid 1990s, you may remember Total Quality Management or TQM. This was a business practice that was being applied to the Air Force in an era of force reductions. TQM was successful in the business world, and many of its concepts promised improvements and efficiencies for our Air Force. These efforts involved looking

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