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  • The color of character

    When I heard the news of Corretta Scott King’s death Jan. 30 many thoughts ran through my mind.I first thought of her husband, Martin Luther King Jr., what he stood for and what he believed in -- people of great character. Then I thought about her legacy and how she carried on his dream and made it her own.I went back and read her history and a
  • Involvement is key

    It happened more than 25 years ago. A woman, walking in an urban neighborhood was brutally attacked. Bleeding and with critical injuries, she cried out for help.Her cries fell on deaf ears and she died. Investigators knocked on doors seeking information and discovered a tragic truth. While more than 15 people heard the cry for help, none of them
  • The importance of roll calls

    Roll Calls, why do we have them? Do we have roll calls because they are a formality? Do we have them because it has always been done that way? Do supervisors have roll calls to entrap subordinates reporting late?Bill Cowher, coach of the Pittsburg Steelers, sat down and talked with his team before every practice, before every game and most of all
  • Embracing the change of 'lighter and leaner'

    The author Eric Hoffer once wrote, “In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.”What an elegant way to tell us that people who embrace change will continue to move forward while those who don’t will get left behind. And nowhere is change more
  • The importance of leadership

    On June 9, 1968, Air Force Sergeant James D. Locker was killed in action during an attempted rescue of a Marine Corps A-4E Phantom pilot. Sergeant Locker was a highly decorated pararesueman who was awarded the silver star three times, a distinguished flying cross, two purple hearts and eight air medals. I wore a POW/MIA bracelet with his name on it
  • On hallowed ground

    As an Air Force fighter pilot in England, I’ve been afforded a special perspective of America. Yes, America. On every mission I fly here I am literally surrounded by our American history. What I see are beautiful green fields, small English villages and hundreds of airfields. It is truly an amazing sight ... an absolutely unique view of this