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  • Team Little Rock: Air Force is a 'Diverse City'

    Maria and I recently attended a TobyMac concert and his band was called Diverse City. Perfectly named, the band represented a diverse collection of gifted male and female musicians of different ages from a variety of different racial, social and economic backgrounds that blended perfectly to produce a heart-pounding uplifting experience. Each
  • My goal for you

    Congratulations on another phenomenal ROCKEX! Last week, we asked that you work hard to ensure that we were headed in the right direction for April's Operational Readiness Inspection and Team Little Rock delivered! It's been a busy week of events, but at every turn, Airmen from across the Rock stepped up and met the challenges set forth. Each
  • Inspection "SAV"y

    A staff assistance visit is a great way to get a check-up for your shop and help ensure you are on the right track. During a SAV, an outside agency, such as your functional manager from higher headquarters, comes and reviews your programs and processes. The feedback is invaluable for ensuring your shop is good to go. Several units across the base
  • Don’t volunteer for anything!

    Don't volunteer for anything! How many times have you heard that? I remember hearing those words the night before I left for basic training. It was terrible advice then, and it's terrible advice now. I think our would-be advisors are trying to help us and keep us from getting unwanted, dirty jobs but I think the logic is false. In my experience
  • What will your greatest contribution be?

    Recently, the Secretary of the Air Force addressed a series of concerns weighing on Airmen. Toward the end of the session, he was asked what he thinks his greatest contribution to the service has been during his tenure. This got me to thinking... When I retire, what legacy will I leave behind? Will I have made a difference to my base, my Air Force
  • Healthcare is not just your doctor's responsibility

    When was the last time you went to see your primary care manager when you were not sick? If you are like 80 percent of the U.S. population, you only saw your doctor because you were sick and wanted to alleviate the uncomfortable symptoms. Our society has gotten into a paradigm that is more reactive than proactive when it comes to our health. The
  • Families the reason we Rock the mission

    Last week I had the honor of attending the Air Education and Training Command commander's and chief's conference. Events such as these give leaders a chance to hear about issues affecting Airmen throughout AETC and the Air Force. We are able to share ideas on what we're doing right and find new ways to improve our mission processes and quality of
  • Standards ... a slow fade

    Recently the Air Force announced the results of its investigation surrounding the inadvertent loading of nuclear-tipped cruise missiles on B-52s at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. To those of us entrusted to serve our nation and protect our way of life, if the story weren't true, we would find it so unlikely and far-fetched that we would dismiss it as
  • Can you hear me now?

    Can you hear me now? We all love that commercial of the dude with the classic glasses and his cell phone roaming about the country. Unfortunately, we have to remember that the Department of Defense, the Air Force and your insurance agency don't want you to try that in your car! One of the unpublished emphasis areas during our upcoming inspections
  • Are you ready - personally?

    What a great exercise! We demonstrated our team's ability to respond to real-world taskings, prepare to launch hundreds to support the nation's on-going war effort and validated our ability to survive and operate in a hostile environment. Well done! Now ask yourself: Are you ready - personally? Recent events highlighted the need for each person to