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  • Commentary: Peace amidst the storms

    What comes to your mind when you hear the word, "peace?" Is it a place at a quiet lake, a solitary place at a beach or somewhere in a beautiful garden? Do you picture yourself somewhere where it's quiet, safe and pleasant? Sometimes life throws us in all kinds of troubles, storms and challenging situations. How do you maintain your peace then? What
  • What is resiliency?

    Resiliency: The ability to withstand, recover and/or grow in the face of stressors and changing demands. (Source - Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury)The objective of 2011 Wingman Day is to reinforce the Wingman concept as the foundation to building resilient Airmen. The goal is to encourage Airmen to
  • The parade goes on...

    I clearly recall the events of Friday, Aug. 14, 2009. It was a memorable day in grand proportions, a day worthy of sharing with past, present and future Airmen. I had the great fortune and honor to attend back-to-back ceremonies unique to the military profession. The day began at the Lackland Air Force Base parade ground on a sultry summer day in
  • Wreaths Across America

    What turned out in 1992 as a simple gesture by the Worcester Wreath Company to donate 5,000 Christmas wreaths to the Arlington National Cemetery, has turned into a national push to honor the graves of veterans in cemeteries and memorials throughout the country and on foreign soil. Wreaths Across America  was born in 2006 out of a desire to honor
  • Safety culture

    During the investigation following the 1986 Chernobyl power plant (nuclear)disaster in the Ukraine, investigators identified a "poor safety culture" ascontributory. In a similarly titled article in this month's edition ofSafety+Health Magazine, the author tries to identify what exactly "safetyculture" means. Quite honestly, a debate has ensued as
  • Respect for a fallen Soldier

    As I stood on the flightline, countless thoughts raced through my mind as I looked over the crowd. I gazed at the multitude - Airmen, Soldiers, civilians, and veterans - and my heart leapt with pride. For although we represented several uniformed services and many different backgrounds, we were all unified for one purpose - to honor and respect our
  • Georgia governor signs two new distracted driving bills into law

    Greetings from your Wing Safety Office. Several years ago, my daughter was driving in our neighborhood and knocked down a neighbor's mailbox. In a bit of a panic, she rushed home, admitted the accident to my wife and me, and we sent her back to notify our neighbor and offer to have the mailbox fixed. Later she confessed to us she had been texting
  • A "good grilling" from the safety officer

    Greetings from your Wing Safety Office. I hope you all enjoyed a fun and safe Independence Day holiday with family and friends celebrating the birth of this great nation. Please keep in your thoughts and prayers our deployed military members who were not able to share this holiday time with family and friends as they continue to support and defend
  • Supervisors may need to evaluate themselves

    In my 28 years of service I have found that supervisors usually fall into one of two categories: bad or good. I know, you are thinking that is two very basic categories to place supervisors in but I have found it to be true in most cases. Fortunately, all but three of my supervisors fell into the "good" category. Below you will find an example of
  • Be proud of what you do

    March is Women's History Month...a time when have the opportunity to look back at all the accomplishments, strides forward and remarkable women in history. In honor of that I would like to address my fellow women who serve with me.I have served for almost 28 years and am coming up on the final chapters of my career. I have seen so many changes over
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