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  • Integrity -- more than just a word

    Integrity First is one of our core values. All Airmen are expected to know and live by this and the other two core values: Service Before Self and Excellence in All We Do. While raising my three boys, I often thought about what they saw me do. What kind of example would I set for them if I didn't live my life with integrity? I'm not taking any high
  • Remembering the cloth and paper

    In late May 1776, three men from the continental Congress, including Gen. George Washington, visited a struggling upholsterer and asked her to sew a flag - Mrs. Betsy Ross took their request to heart. On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress declared the flag of the United States would have thirteen stripes, alternating red and white, and the
  • How, when to begin filling a civilian vacancy

    One way to cut down on the time needed to fill a civilian vacancy is to begin earlier, Air Force Personnel Center officials said recently. "Supervisors can submit a request for personnel action at any time to their local Civilian Personnel Office," said Cathy Smoak, Human Resource Specialist, Air Force Programs Oversight office at AFPC. "You don't
  • Discipline: Have we lost it?

    Discipline. What does this mean to you? According to Webster's dictionary, discipline means "training expected to produce a specific character or pattern of behavior" or "a systematic method to maintain obedience." All military members receive training throughout their careers regarding standards and their enforcement, so why do we see infractions
  • Military members: key to fraud prevention

    The Air Force Office of Special Investigations at Ellsworth needs help in identifying and reporting fraudulent activities. Besides general crimes, counterintelligence and research and technology protection missions, a significant amount of AFOSI's resources are assigned to fraud investigations. In the past few years, AFOSI has recovered more than a
  • Parenting , leadership -- not mutually exclusive

    He's been a helicopter pilot. He's run a marathon. He graduated in the top 10 percent of his college class. He's a passionate flyfisherman. And for the past 24 years, he's been my dad. I can't imagine a more difficult or rewarding job. I am not a parent, and I've only been an Air Force officer a short time, but I've been a daughter and have seen
  • Fatherhood provides skills at home, work

    As we approach Father's Day June 15, I reflect on several events in my life that have shaped my behavior as a father and a leader. One of the strangest feelings I ever had was walking out of the hospital with my first child. Her birth went fine, and she was perfectly healthy, however, the experience of carrying my new child out of the hospital made
  • Commander's message to 12 AF (AFSOUTH) Airmen: Maintain 'Air Dominance'

    By now, I'm sure you've had time to discuss the resignations of General Moseley and Secretary Wynne with coworkers, family and friends. While the decision to resign was multi-faceted and personal, clearly, this event has caused many in the Air Force to pause and reevaluate their present course. The CSAF and SAF resignations have brought about an
  • Striking a balance

    In addition to its primary purpose of honoring those who have given their lives in the defense of our nation, Memorial Day weekend also marked the beginning of summer. It was a time for cookouts, vacations, trips to the beach, fishing and also time for our families. However, for many in the 28th Bomb Wing, times like this will be cut short as we
  • What is an unprofessional relationship?

    Everyone is going out on Friday night, should I go out with the rest of my unit? What could be wrong with that? Before answering, you might need to consider what Air Force Instruction 36-2909, Professional and Unprofessional Relationships, defines as a professional and unprofessional  relationship. A professional relationship, according to the AFI,
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