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Default Air Force Logo Area Defense Counsel your advocate in times of need
You've seen our photos. You've read the posters which state, "The Area Defense Counsel works for you, not the command." But who are we? And what do we do? As you might've guessed, we're active duty attorneys and paralegals. But unlike the professionals at the base legal office, we don't work for the command. The area defense counsel was established
0 8/28
2009
Default Air Force Logo Mowing the lawn
I hated mowing the lawn. It was so boring, so mundane and it always needed to be done whenever my favorite television shows were on. Of course I rushed through it. I didn't care that by zipping around my parents' yard like a madman on a tractor I was actually pulling the grass up, instead of cutting it; which eventually led to the grass
0 8/27
2009
Default Air Force Logo Where did the time go?
A college professor once told me the attention span of the average American was 30 minutes, roughly the length of a sitcom. This left me wondering what happened to a person's ability to sit still and focus on one thing at a time. What happened to taking some time and relaxing with a good book? Whenever I find myself with some free time to myself I
0 8/21
2009
Default Air Force Logo What's your emotional quotient?
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, Air Force Office Qualifying Test, Promotion Fitness Examination, Skills Knowledge Test--the Air Force is just as interested in test scores to pick its best as colleges are with using SATs and Graduate Record Examinations to pick the most promising students. But is intelligence the best predictor of
0 8/13
2009
Default Air Force Logo Breaking the barrier -- Learning language builds relationships abroad
A deployed location can bring many linguistic challenges, even if the job does not require regular interaction with non-native English speakers. My current deployment has been ripe with examples of linguistic challenges. Many of these challenges could be easily disregarded without any impact on the mission. But ignoring them only serves to rob one
0 8/12
2009
Default Air Force Logo Lessons learned from a minor motorcycle incident
As riders flock to the 69th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Aug. 3 through Aug.9, it's important for Ellsworth riders to remember how even small motorcycle incidents can lead to big lessons. My incident, though not life altering, was still significant. It happened recently as I started a seemingly normal workday. I opened the garage door and
0 8/06
2009
Members of the 28th Munitions Squadron Key Spouse program pose for group photo. The Key Spouse Program is drastically different from a traditional spouse’s group in that organizational leadership empowers a volunteer to assist with quality of life programs and services directed at the family members. (Courtesy photo) Squadron key spouse program -- direct link to mission success
Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "Absence makes the heart grow fonder", which is a phrase our military families are all too familiar with. She also said, "You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give." Both of these wise statements can be part
0 7/30
2009
Default Air Force Logo Surviving the sandstorm
Physical acclamation to any deployed location can be a challenge, but acclamation to the Middle East can be especially challenging. Even six years of living in the South did not prepare me for the heat I have encountered, but worse than the heat is the frequent sandstorms. Just a few days after arriving at my deployed location, I experienced my
0 7/22
2009
Default Air Force Logo Leadership and the mentor
As the dust settled on my third full night in Afghanistan, I wrote my thoughts in a journal I carry with me whenever I'm on a deployment. I wrote, "I could not imagine how Afghanistan would be or even dream of what my eyes would see. A war torn country under Taliban rule, as seen on the faces of the Afghan people as we entered Kabul". Essentially,
0 7/22
2009
Default Air Force Logo Ellsworth Top 3: SNCOs Making a Difference
The Ellsworth Top 3 Association executive council along with our membership is excited and proud to play a role in strengthening our wing and community programs. The Top 3 consists of senior non-commissioned officers across the wing. Five members hold executive officer positions and another 23 members hold functional committee positions. We're
0 7/17
2009
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