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  • Perception is everything

    I arrived here at Los Angeles Air Force Base late August 2006 and currently hold the distinction of being the First Sergeant for the Mighty Medics of the 61st Medical Group. HUA! My transition here was flawless with the help of some great senior non-commissioned officers from my unit, the Air Base Wing, and of course, Space and Missile Systems
  • GPSW Thanks Base Community For Supporting POW/MIA Events

    Memo to All Base Personnel On behalf of the GPS Wing, I'd like to thank you for your widespread support last week in support of our LA AFB commemoration of National POW/MIA Recognition Day.September 19 was National POW/MIA day...a day honor our Prisoners of War, reinforce our country's pledge to bring home those still Missing In Action, as well as
  • Civilian's Role in Force Protection

    If given the opportunity to prevent an attack, would you do it? Of course you would. Inside everyone exists the desire to make a difference. If you knew of a pending threat to United States persons would you report it? Of course you would. Would you know how to report it or to whom? As United States persons working on or living near U.S. military
  • Law Day Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

    Fifty years ago, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1 as Law Day, he meant to convey a powerful message to America's totalitarian enemies - that rule of law defended American citizens from the shackles of tyranny and injustice. Before Law Day was promulgated by President Eisenhower, May 1 was widely known throughout the Marxist
  • MySpace - an OPSEC Nightmare

    I'm guessing that if you're reading this article, you have a MySpace account. If you don't have one, your wife/husband, girlfriend/boyfriend or someone in your family does. MySpace is a social website with about 212 million users and growing, which makes it the number one social host on the internet. If you don't have a MySpace account, then surely
  • GPS Wing Observes Navstar's 30th Anniversary

    February 22 marked the 30th anniversary of the first GPS signal in space with the launch of NAVSTAR 1 from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The Block I satellites, launched between Feb. 22, 1978 and Oct. 9, 1985 paved the way for an operational system that has revolutionized the way we go to war. Rockwell International made a special "first day of issue"
  • Leadership

    Team SMC, I recently discussed a potential disciplinary issue with a member of my executive staff who felt personally wronged by the continued actions of an airman in my unit. Are some people simply knuckleheads? And if so, what should we as leaders do with them? First, I grant that some folks will be a few standard deviations to the left of the
  • A Salute to Our Veterans

    An Act approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday--a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as "Armistice Day." Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of
  • Shirt's Tip of the Week: Mastering the Art of the Three Way Salute

    Some things in life never have a clear answer. Four cars in an intersection, with four stop signs, and they all get there at the same time. Who goes first? Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Or, have you ever wondered how to handle the all-so-confusing three way salute? Follow me here. A master sergeant and colonel are walking through the
  • Don't Take Life for Granted

    It's not every day someone tries to kill you. But when, and if, it does happen, you may find something out about yourself. I've always been laid back and even called "sleepy." I never thought it would help save my life. Call it "laid back," "sleepy," "self-assurance" or the "ability to stay cool under pressure." Whatever term's used, it's
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