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  • The beauty of a diverse workforce – and the need for one

    Earlier this month,  Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James helped kick off Women's History Month at the Center for a New American Security "Women and Leadership in National Security" conference in Washington, D.C.It was there, that she spoke of the importance of a diverse workforce."There's simply no country in the world as widely diverse as
  • Even when you're right, something wrong can still happen to you

    Riding in a vehicle can be an unsafe activity, even if you are following all of the rules. The year was 2003 when Ms. Roberta Clark was driving her vehicle exiting the Main Gate at Patrick Air Force Base. While attempting to turn left onto A1A traveling northbound, another vehicle traveling southbound on A1A ran the red light and collided with her
  • Air Force Diversity, Inclusion

    Airmen of the United States Air Force:There is no other country in the world so widely diverse, yet so deeply committed to being unified, as the United States of America. The challenges we face today are far too serious, and the implications of failure far too great, for our Air Force to do less than fully, and inclusively, leverage our Nation's
  • 'Eliminate Inspection Prep; Institute Readiness'

    As many of you are well aware, every 18 - 24 months or so, Air Force Space Command schedules on-site visits, followed by a Unit Effectiveness Inspection (UEI) Capstone Inspection.This is an opportunity for AFSPC to visit our Wing and provide an independent, transparent assessment of readiness, efficiency and discipline -- as well as to validate and
  • Leaders share messages, priorities at AFA Symposium

    Let me begin by congratulating SpaceX, NASA, NOAA, all our mission partners and "Team Patrick-Cape" on their picture-perfect launch last week of NASA's Deep Space Climate Observatory -- known as the DSCOVR mission -- from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.Great job by the entire TEAM!Let's switch gears and share some important
  • CSAF: 'It happens; I got to see the most important part'

    About two hours prior to our first attempt to launch NASA's Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) mission from Launch Complex 40 Sunday evening at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, General Mark A. Welsh III, Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, and his wife, Betty, along with Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody, walked off
  • Lessons taken from CSAF Wing Commander's Call

    Last week, I had the distinct honor and pleasure to attend the Air Force Chief of Staff's "Wing Commander's Call" hosted by Gen. Mark A. Welsh III.It's always good to get clear direction from the top, and this meeting certainly filled the bill on that note.Gen. Welsh began the meeting by telling us how proud he is of all the work being done by all
  • D.U.I. - Don’t Underestimate Influenza

    You may be familiar with the following headlines on major news sources: "CDC: Flu shot less effective this year because current virus has mutated," "Why scientists guessed wrong on this year's flu vaccine, and why it could happen again," and "Get Your Flu Shot Anyway, Despite Genetic 'Drift.'"  Well, this is about that too, but not really. This
  • The Two E’S: ‘EMPOWERMENT AND ENCOURAGEMENT!’

    It doesn't seem possible to me that it's been approximately 18 months since I had my first opportunity to serve as the Launch Decision Authority here on the Eastern Range -- and that was for MUOS-2, which launched July 19, 2013, about five weeks after I had the fantastic opportunity to assume command of the 45th Space Wing.Since that time, we have
  • 2015: “The Year of Connection!”

    Let me give a hearty  congratulations to SpaceX, NASA, all our mission partners and to our great "Team Patrick-Cape" members who did an outstanding job with the successful launch of CRS-5,  lifted to the skies on a Falcon 9 Dragon spacecraftin the early morning hours of January 10.This was the fifth of 12 SpaceX flights NASA contracted with the
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