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  • Be 'safety contagious' during the holidays

    Contagious is a word with negative connotations. Super-contagious diseases spread like wildfire through everyday contact and in some cases, hide any sign of infection until it's too late. On the other hand, when it comes to making smart decisions and being safe, contagious is a positive trait and a very effective method for promoting a culture of
  • Happy holidays!

    Happy Holidays! It seems like just yesterday we were welcoming the class of 2018, starting a new semester and showcasing our campus to thousands of parents and family members. Yet, here we are, knee-deep in the holiday season and ready to roll into the spring semester.In August, I talked about my commander's intent. Over these past several months,
  • 'It takes a team': USAFA grad, former Dallas Cowboy learned leadership, character at Academy

    I recently learned that I am the recipient of the 2014 Walter Camp "Alumni Award." It seems like yesterday (actually 26 years ago) that I was being recognized at this same event as an All American defensive lineman from the U.S. Air Force Academy.  Reflecting back upon my experience as a college football player, I am very appreciative of the
  • My day as a 10th SFS augmentee: A perpective on serving, protecting, doing 'what's right'

    I checked to make sure the Beretta 9 mm and tactical baton were still firmly strapped to my web belt before taking a step outside. The air felt like tiny pinpricks of glass imbedded in my lungs with every breath, shards of cold from the first frigid snap of winter here.The world still held the soft gray color of just past dawn. It was Saturday,
  • An uplifting visit with the veterans of tomorrow

    Veterans Day has a special meaning for me and my family, as it does for millions of Americans with a tradition of military service. I was thinking of our veterans when my wife Lorrie and I recently visited my alma mater, the U.S Air Force Academy. I wanted to learn from today's cadets - our future veterans - about why they chose military service
  • Air Force Leaders send Veterans Day message

    (Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody, sent this Veterans Day letter to all Airmen in Nov. 7, reminding them to proudly uphold the legacy of service interwoven in the Air Force's fabric. Airmen were thanked for their service and
  • Letter to Airmen: Taking care of each other is our 'bedrock'

    Fellow Airmen, last month I was lucky enough to join amazing Americans during the Warrior Games at the U.S. Olympic Complex in Colorado Springs. As Betty and I watched the competition, we could see the passion and drive on each athlete's face and it made us even prouder to serve in the world's greatest Air Force.As is usually the case, our Airmen
  • Stay alert: See something, say something

    Let's talk about ISIS for a moment.No, not the Egyptian goddess. I'm not here to proselytize. I mean the terrorist group, more accurately known as ISIL, or the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant, which is neither a state unto itself nor, for that matter, Islamic.So what? What makes ISIL worth paying any attention to?First, ISIL is on social
  • National Disability Employment Awareness: Vets say support program is worthwhile cause

    October marks the 69th anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Observance and this month, we celebrate the contributions those with disabilities bring to the workforce. Despite the positive attributes people with disabilities have to offer, many still struggle to find employment that empowers and recognizes their skills.Luckily, a
  • Thanks, USAFA!

    Teammates, I wanted to take a moment to send you a great big "thank you" for all your work these last couple weeks. I visited with multiple senior leaders on base last week and to a person they had nothing but great things to say about their stay at the Academy. They were impressed by every facet of our installation and commented on the great work