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  • Energy conservation starts with you

    Both the Department of Defense and the U.S. Air Force have mandated extensive energy conservation goals and activities to reduce the utility costs that are not invested in infrastructure, personnel or warfighting.Each day, Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station combine to spend approximately $40,000 on utilities (electricity,
  • Can you spell your work ethos?

    I recently attended the Air Force Nurse Corps (NC) annual leadership symposium. During one of the break out sessions, Maj. Gen. Melissa Rank, the Chief of the NC, challenged each member in attendance to write down their work ethos. She specifically asked us to answer this question: what do you believe about nursing leadership and individual patient
  • Sharks, you've done it again

    As satisfying as it was to host General Kehler and his wife, Marjorie, for two days this week, that experience was made even more special due to one special group of people: You.Once again, you made me so very proud to be your commander. I was thrilled to be able to let our commanding general get a first-hand look at some of the great things all of
  • How do you learn? How should you teach?

    Recently, my children's school held a seminar on learning styles. It didn't take long to realize that the value of the information presented stretched well beyond the elementary school walls. Effective learning and communication are vital to military operations, so in order to achieve mission success, leaders at all levels need to understand how
  • They don’t get paid because they’re priceless

    They don't do it for the recognition. They don't do it for official awards, plaques or presentations. And they certainly don't do it for the money.They do it because they want to give back, to make a difference, and because they want to serve those who serve us.And for those reasons - and thousands more - April has been designated as "Volunteer
  • Shaping the future American spaceport... today

    We are in the midst of significant change in our business. In our wing mission over the last few years, we've made the leap from the last Titan IV and Atlas II flights to the Delta IV and Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles (EELVs). Booster workforces have transitioned to new providers, followed by consolidation.In just a few months, we will
  • A good sense of dollars and cents

    Hello Sharks. I'd like to take this opportunity to expand a little more about something I talked about briefly at last week's wing commander's call: fiscal responsibility.As I mentioned then, we are living in some very volatile times right now, and the financial world we find ourselves in is no different. Just ask anyone who bought a home in
  • Our mission? Mission support

    As Chuck Milam, Air Force Space Command Director of Services said recently, "Shut down the Child Development Center and see what happens to mission." I'd like to take that concept a little further... what would happen to our mission if we shut down Security Forces or Civil Engineering capabilities? Imagine trying to get the mission done without
  • Meeting ‘special needs’ of mission success

    Unless you are an active duty member with a special needs family member, you are probably not aware of the Air Force's Special Needs program and what it can do for you. The USAF Special Needs program is used to identify and track active duty families with special medical needs and ensure those needs are met. The program tries to prevent active duty
  • Making our workplace safer

    Let me begin here the same way I ended up our commander's call Wednesday afternoon. And that's by thanking you once again for everything you do around here. There are few things - if any - that give me more pleasure than to publicly recognize some of the super-star award-winners we have. You make us all proud - each and every one of you - and