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  • What do you mean, 'Back to basics'?

    Last September, in his first speech as the Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III advocated a back-to-basics approach for the Air Force. He noted that the missions of the Air Force have not changed over time, but rather, the terms by which we identify the missions have changed. Welsh outlined that, from a strategic view, in order for us
  • Plant the seeds of success because you reap what you sow

    What is success? The dictionary defines success as achieving the desired outcome of something attempted. As military members, our measurement of success is often quantified by statistics and metrics - aircraft sorties flown or tons of cargo delivered, for example. Sustained success isn't an accident. True mission success can't happen without hard
  • A Positive Investment

    We're born with the innate understanding of some of the most important basics of life -knowing how to trust our instincts, breathe deeply, eat only when we're hungry, not care about what anyone thinks of our singing voices, dance moves, or hair-dos, we know how to play, create, and love without holding back. Then, as we grow and learn, we replace
  • Ownership

    "The basic principle which I believe has contributed more than any other to the building of our business as it is today, is the ownership of our company by the people employed in it." -- James E. CaseyCasey founded the American Messenger Company in Seattle in 1907. Merely 12 years later he grew his company and renamed it the United Parcel Service.
  • Making the PCS a success

    Ah, the permanent change of station season, that time of year when good friends leave and new ones show up. When it seems like the enlisted personnel reports and decorations never end and going away luncheons are a daily event. Turnover is in full swing and it's important to remember a few things to help manage the turmoil. First, the PCS season is
  • The PCS

    One of the joys of a permanent change of station during the summer is the ability to travel with your family and see the great sights our country has to offer. A family I know very well planned their recent move to JBLM to include visits to the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Las Vegas, and then the national parks along the west coast. They even bought a
  • Try something new

    I was a chubby kid. I had tree trunk legs and a thick waist! Losing weight has always been a challenge and something I've begrudgingly worked hard at my whole life. I thank the Air Force for enforcing my fitness level, but it has never come easy to me. I prefer chips and salsa to an hour at the gym and I would rather watch a sport than play one.
  • 62nd Airlift Wing commander says farewell

     It has truly been an honor and a privilege to serve as the 62nd Airlift Wing commander over the past two years. The time has gone by remarkably fast, and I can honestly say this has been the best experience of my Air Force career. As I look back at my time at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, I am left with a profound sense of gratitude toward all of you
  • Are you a driver or passenger?

    We all joined the military for different reasons: patriotism, education, benefits, a stable pay check or the chance to see the world. I'm sure there are many other reasons, but these are the most common when servicemembers are asked why they joined. My career has been guided by a principle I like to refer to as "driver versus passenger." It is laid
  • Let's eliminate sexual assault

    Sexual assault is not just a women's issue. It's a cancerous crime that does not discriminate on gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, color, age, or rank. We know that 8,600 female and 10,700 male warriors, as estimated by the Department of Defense in 2010, were injured by these acts of violence. Now, more than ever, Airmen need to come
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