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  • Tuskegee Airmen: Accomplishments not forgotten

    At a time when Black Americans worked mostly as waiters and shoeshine boys, Lt. Col. Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. was commander of the Tuskegee Airmen, a unit created in 1941 that provided Black Americans an opportunity to prove their capabilities as combat pilots and crews. The unit was instituted by

  • Heart attacks: All hearts are not created equal

    Many may have heard heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, yet few people know that women are less likely to survive heart attacks than men. According to the American Heart Association's website,,38 percent of women will die within one year after a

  • Motivation built from recognition

    "Worker dead at desk for five days" This was the headline to an article I received last summer, supposedly from the "New York Times." In the article it described a 30-year employee who had a heart attack while sitting at his desk in an open-plan office he shared with 23 co-workers. Beyond the

  • Success is in training

    Nothing drives me crazy like asking a person a question and being told, "I don't know and the person who does know is gone." The first thought I have is, "All these people and only one person knows the answer. Why even have other people in the office?" We all know that in the military, people take

  • Our only colors are red, white and blue

    This month we honor an American who made a large impact on American history. I would like to take a few moments to share with you the first of what I hope are many commentaries from me to Team Ellsworth - especially our enlisted Airmen. The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is much more than just

  • New Year's resolutions for Team Ellsworth

    With every New Year comes the opportunity to make a resolution to improve ourselves. This long-lived tradition has several interesting and historical roots. The ancient Persians gave family and loved ones eggs for the New Year to symbolize productivity. Before the Roman invasion, the Celtic priests

  • Housing Privatization-What's Next?

    By now, most members of the Ellsworth community should be aware of the housing privatization initiative, which is scheduled to close April 2010. The housing privatization program has already been implemented throughout many Air Force, Army, and Navy installations and locally is intended to transfer

  • Peace on earth in the profession of arms

    The holidays are the ideal time of year to slow down a little bit, and reflect on all that has been accomplished personally and professionally in the year. For those that choose to wear the nation's uniform, the holiday season is traditionally a time of peace and joy. This tradition is steeped in

  • Taking care of your peeps

    It is important to recognize a job well done, whether it is with quarterly or annual awards, letters of appreciation or just a pat on the back. When the people who work for you feel valued as team members, they perform to the best of their ability. We hear it all the time "take care of your people,"

  • Holidays call for “whole family” approach to safety

    When families gather for the holidays, it's natural to 'keep an eye out' for groups of nieces and nephews, sons and daughters excited to play together during seasonal celebrations. Airmen thoughtfully "childproof" their homes and check Christmas lights for faults that might lead to a shock. Families