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  • The secret to success is TAP

    The Transition Assistance Program class I took from April 14 - 18 was an eye-opening experience. As the Manpower & Personnel Flight Chief for Spangdahlem Air Base, I see the "behind the scenes" of all of these Force Management programs that have been in effect so far this year. Now, as an officer whose Air Force Specialty Code and year group were
  • Strength in Diversity: Tech. Sgt. Compton's perspective

    Before I joined the Air Force I recall being looked at with disgust by some when I hung around people that did not share the same color of skin as mine. I didn't know until I joined the Air Force that people from every town did not share those same beliefs. Our diversity is one of the things I love most about the Air Force. I spent the first nine
  • After the Battle: The return home

    Editor's Note: This is the sixth in a six-part series about medical response capabilities for deployed service members from start to finish and the various milestones for care and transportation of combat-wounded troops throughout Afghanistan.I have spent more than a year telling the story of our nations wounded warriors as I followed their
  • Strength in Diversity: Out of many, one

    Have you ever been struck anew by a reality that you're so aware of that it has lost its impact?The other week while waiting in line at the Fort Meade dining facility I found myself musing over the fact we are a diverse military. That's one of those, "well, duh" kind of thoughts, but it was meaningful to me. I stood there in line and smiled at the
  • Who told you 'You can't vote?'

    Voting - it is a vital right we in the Armed Forces defend every day. By exercising your right to vote, you are letting your voice be known and telling your civic leaders that you care what decisions are being made. As Andrew Lack, CEO of the Bloomberg Media Group, said, "Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote." For such an
  • Strength in diversity: Maj. Libbey’s perspective

    Potpourri of excellence.The Air Force blessed me with two years of serving alongside the longest-serving general officer in Department of Defense history, Maj. Gen. Alfred Flowers. He never missed an opportunity to turn a stranger in the halls of the Pentagon into a friend, or to share his battle-proven wisdom with junior officers like me. Many of
  • Difficult force shaping calls made tougher by undeserved 'Firewall 5's'

    I was not a very good Airman in the early days of my Air Force career. I was passably good at my job and very bad at the Air Force. Here is an actual quote from one of my early Enlisted Performance Reports: "Improved responsibility in off-duty affairs would quickly set this top-notch performer above the rest." Literally translated, "Stop being an
  • Step up, step in to eliminate iniquities

    A few weeks ago, I was watching my favorite show and a popular Armed Forces Network commercial came on featuring Gen. Frank Gorenc, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa commander, and Chief Master Sgt. James Davis, USAFE command chief. At the end of the commercial were the words "Step Up, Step In," and for some reason, the phrase has
  • What SAPR stand down day is all about

    Ever since I can remember, I enjoyed helping people. It was something that brought me great happiness. Helping support my friends, family and co-workers was always something that I felt was my mission to do. I felt a personal responsibility to serve others and to relieve the pain of those around me if I could. I felt called to do this type of work
  • It's About the Fairness of the Process

    Occasionally, folks around the base will ask me after a court-martial, "What do you think about the result?" The question comes up more often when the accused member is acquitted or when the punishment appears to be somewhat lenient. This occasionally causes me to scratch my head a bit. The apparent implication is that I would expect a conviction
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