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  • The ties that bind our core values

    Integrity, service before self, excellence in all we do. Airmen know these concepts as our Air Force core values. Personally, I think the concepts embodied by these values are extensions of each other and build upon one another. Let me show you what I mean. Integrity. Webster's dictionary says integrity is firm adherence to a code of especially
  • A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

    September 11, 2001, was a defining moment in American history. On that terrible day, our Nation saw the face of evil as 19 men barbarously attacked us and wantonly murdered people of many races, nationalities, and creeds. On Patriot Day, we remember the innocent victims, and we pay tribute to the valiant firefighters, police officers, emergency
  • Core Values – A Reminder

    The United States Air Force adopted the core values of Integrity First, Service Before Self and Excellence In All We Do January 1, 1997 - barely 10 short years ago. At that time, Secretary of the Air Force Sheila Widnall wrote: "Core values make the military what it is; without them, we cannot succeed. They are the values that instill confidence,
  • Great job Kadena

    I've been in command for six weeks now and am continually impressed by the teamwork I see across the base. While the 18th Wing is the core of Team Kadena, it is only 5,500 people; it takes the other active duty members, civilians, host nationals and family members totaling almost 25,000 to make the base run as well as it does. The response to
  • Embracing adversity

    Five years ago, when faced with life-threatening cancer and an end to my flying career, I suffered the hopelessness and despair that can come when coping with adversity, and so I recognize sometimes it's not easy to deal when life take a turn for the worse. Martin Luther King said the measure of a man is not where he stands in times of comfort and
  • Celebrate the sacrifices

    This week we celebrated the birth of our country and the sacrifices of those who secured the liberties we hold dear today. Let us not forget that our nation was forged by noble ideas, as well as violent battles. Two hundred thirty-one years ago, members of the Continental Congress met on a sweltering July day in Philadelphia and made a courageous
  • Fourth of July

    The FOURTH of JULY...even saying it out loud makes me feel good and smile! The Middle of the Summer...baseball....hotdogs...ice cream...maybe a Parade or a round of Golf...BUT always ending with FIREWORKS! Yes, the Misawa Airmen will remind me of the sea fog and fireworks sometimes pushed off to Labor Day...but you'll be thinking of
  • One Bad Decision – One lifetime of costs

    In the early morning hours of May 5, 2007, I made what could very well be the worst decision of my life. It has definitely been the worst decision of my Air Force career. Around 2 a.m. I decided to drive from a friend's house to my house in Okinawa City, simply because I couldn't sleep. It's about a 25-minute drive. Upon waking, I made an
  • More than a job

    Nine students from the Kadena Language Institute recently worked as interns in various base locations such as public affairs; services marketing; Information, Tickets and Travel; Karing Kennels; the youth center; Risner Fitness Center; arts and crafts center and the Banyan Tree Golf Course. I was one of the nine students and worked at public
  • Feedback: A form of guidance we can’t do without

    Most people do not fail on purpose. People usually fail for one of three reasons: lack of training, lack of resources, or lack of guidance. As supervisors, guidance is one of the most important actions we can take to ensure the success of our people. Guidance in the form of written feedback is an important technique. Furthermore, it's inexpensive