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  • It's all attitude

    For as long as I can remember, I have always placed an emphasis on having a great attitude.  Let's face it, life throws us a whole lot of curve balls but with the right attitude, you can connect on those curve balls and hit them out of the park. With the wrong attitude you just may strike out.  The choice is always yours.We have all been through
  • Commentary: Opening Day! Baseball, Building Military Heritage

    "This field, this game: it's a part of our past.  It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh, people will come, Ray. People will most definitely come."                           - Field of Dreams (1989)As Major League Baseball's opening day approaches, I can't help but reflect on the sights and sounds that trumpet the
  • From Airman to Chief: Reflecting on 30 years of service

    Over 30 years ago, as a young Airman Gigi Manning, I remember gazing proudly into the mirror as I straightened my olive drab uniform at Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, it seemed like it would take forever to fill my sleeve with stripes.  But oh, how time flies when you're having fun.Even back then I knew the stripes other
  • Setting Priorities: What’s Important and Why?

    Setting priorities is imperative in both our personal lives and our work lives.  Setting priorities not only enables us to employ time management principles, but properly distribute other resource allocations, such as funding, manpower and other less tangible effects in order to achieve our goals.  I see examples literally every day that require
  • Commentary: Be a Mentor

    Winston Churchill said, "We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give."  For those of you who are or have been a mentor you understand the meaning of these words.    I can still remember my first day, late in December 1982, at my first duty assignment in the 342nd Missile Security Squadron, Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana.  I
  • 'Tis the season to drink responsibly

    It's that time of year when holiday parties and late night celebrations begin to fill our calendars and we look forward to spending time with family and friends to celebrate our own special reasons for the season.Every Christmas Eve, I celebrate my life and I give thanks for being able to share the holiday with my family. Nearly 30 years ago on
  • SAPR: More than an Air Force Acronym

    As an Airman and a senior leader in the Air Force Reserve, I've seen firsthand the devastating impacts of sexual assault on an Air Force organization. Regardless of your unit or military status, Active or Reserve, no one is immune to these impacts nor absolved of their responsibility to combat the instances of sexual assault that continue to
  • Commentary: Let your conscience be your guide.

    Let your conscience be your guide.That's pretty simple advice. We all remember the story of Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket and from our childhoods, and the horrible outcomes when Jiminy's advice was disregarded. The interesting thing is, following your conscience is great advice whether you're young or old, child or adult, wooden or real.I find that
  • Direction leads to motivation

    I once heard a man say a person who lacks direction in life is a person who gets unmotivated about it. As I thought about that statement I couldn't help but reflect on my direction in life as a young airman, fulfilling my duties to my country as well as fulfilling my duties to myself.All service members remember the day we waited on since the first
  • Looking Ahead To 2014

    This is the time of year prognosticators look ahead to predict what is on the horizon for the next twelve months. I don't claim to have any powers of prediction, but if one were to forecast some of the impacts that national and world events will have on our military in 2014, I'll offer these general areas to focus your scan. Starting at the global
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