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  • Do you have a plan?

    We talk about having “successful careers” all the time, but you cannot measure success without first having a goal. Setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation.
  • Why I serve

    I decided to serve because I wanted to honor Captain Mickelson, Colonel Silva, General Risner and Airmen like them. Airmen who have served with integrity, selflessness and excellence before these were Air Force Core Values.
  • It's not a job -- it's a profession

    A job is a specific task with a defined beginning and a defined end. A profession is part of you - it helps define who you are. It is personal and your unique individualism contributes to it.
  • Military justice -- supporting the mission of national defense

    One of the many reasons the U.S. military is second to none is the unique construct of the military justice system.
  • None of us can make it alone

    None of us make it through our military experience without the help of a significant amount of others -- who are often smarter and more talented than we will ever know until they are called upon in a time of need.
  • Working to achieve excellence in all we do

    We hear the Air Force Core Values referenced so often that we know them by heart -- at least we should. But do we really work to live them every day?
  • The third man – help in times of crisis

    The "third man," an unseen presence, is thought to be everything from a guardian angel to a built in coping mechanism. The third man commonly appears during situations that encompass social isolation, extreme cold and high altitudes -- times of great need where the outcome is life or death.
  • Recipe for innovative Airmen

    In the very rigid and syllabus-constrained environment of Undergraduate Pilot Training, I keep looking for that one “golden nugget,” the one “best practice,” the one flight commander that obviously had a new and innovative way to produce the world’s best warriors for victory in the air.
  • IG – your ombudsman in fixing what’s wrong

    The Inspector General works on your behalf to assist with your problems. What type of problems? Practically anything.
  • The pursuit of happiness

    When facing transitions and challenges we find ourselves falling into habit. We put one foot in front of the other as we march through the tough times, hoping that once we overcome the current challenge we can again find time for happiness.