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  • Got novel ideas?

    Have you empowered yourself and fellow teammates yet? Have you embraced and fostered a creative way of thinking to bring about extraordinary initiatives? What are you waiting for? The world is constantly evolving and filled with unique individuals who are willing to change our culture for the betterment of the mission. These suggestions need not be
  • ‘Old School’ leadership in a ‘1-click’ world

    Tuesdays are an exciting time in the Cole house. Returning home from work, I'm always greeted by a box or two, stacked outside my front door -- the spoils of another weekend of casual online shopping. A book, a flashlight, shampoo, or a bag of potato chips (no joke)...it's all fair game. And it can be yours in two days, shipped for free, with the
  • In the Arena

    As an Air Force, we are facing challenges and change. Whether driven by threats, transformative technologies, or constrained fiscal realities and shifts in theater strategy, our environment remains dynamic and ever evolving. In fact, over the course of my 20-year career, I don't recall our military shouldering as much as we do now. How do we build
  • April: Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

    The 45th Space Wing, along with installations at air force bases in every corner of the world, will be observing Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month throughout April.Here at Team Patrick-Cape, we will be conducting a SAPR Stand-Down Day April 18, designed to increase awareness of this horrific act and to identify those who would do such
  • A sexual assault survivor’s view: time to take control

    Editor's note: This is part six of an eight-part series about sexual assault awareness.After a sexual assault many years before, I had begun having frequent nightmares, which left me exhausted night after night. When the exhaustion made it difficult to deal with even the normal stresses of career and family, let alone the compounded stress of a
  • Antigua Air Station; 100% success, every time

    --"Silver 91 on the horizon, successful support."--"Copy Silver 91, thanks for your support."This dialogue exchange has been repeated after every launch supported by Antigua Air Station. The 45th Operations Group Detachment 1 has required -- and its men and women have provided -- 100 percent mission success every time.How Antigua Air Station
  • A sexual assault survivor’s view: Don’t let fear stand in the way

    Editor's note: This is part five of an eight-part series about sexual assault awareness.In the past when I went to mental health, I was looking for a quick fix so I could sleep better, having lived for years with recurring nightmares brought on by a previous sexual assault. After self-reflection, I realized my real goal was to control my emotions.
  • A sexual assault survivor's view: Don't give up

    Editor's note: This is part four of an eight-part series about sexual assault awareness.In November 2012, I returned to work after taking leave from the Air Force for a month and a half. During my absence, I used mental health services to reduce my stress due to my son's hospitalization and my recurring nightmares of a sexual assault that happened
  • 'Control the Controllables'

    I want to start by congratulating everyone who was recognized at the 45th Space Wing Awards Banquet March 7. Special congrats to all the winners, and thanks to all who played a role in making it a very special evening for 'Team Patrick-Cape' and our mission partners.I also want to thank Gen. William Shelton for taking the time to visit us. Not only
  • Beyond the statistics: A lifetime of consequences from drinking, driving

    The Air Force dedicates significant time and resources to educate Airmen on the dangers of driving under the influence. Nearly 30 people in the U.S. die in alcohol-impaired driving crashes every day; one every 48 minutes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The statistics are sobering. For many people's lives untouched by a