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  • Inspired, driven AFSOC Airmen ready to lead fight against global terrorism

    Special Operations Airmen today are inspired and driven by the same passion for flight that shaped the Air Force 60 years ago. As the next generation of air-minded leaders comes of age, it is critical that our history, values and vision are instilled so they are prepared to lead the fight against terrorism in this new era of global
  • Safety - A Matter Of Trust And Responsibility

    Happy New Year! I hope those at home station were able get a good break and enjoy the company of family and friends over the holidays. For those deployed, I once again want to thank you and your families for your sacrifice as you continue to do our most important work across several AORs. Lt. Gen. Wooley and I got to see many of you just before
  • "Bring me warriors..."

    Several years ago, the U.S. Air Force Academy made a decision to remove the quote "Bring me men" from a prominent location on Academy grounds. While the debate focused on the words and their historical context, the author's message somehow seemed overshadowed by the controversy. Simply speaking, "Bring me men" translates easily to "Bring me
  • AFSOC command chief addresses Hurlburt Airmen

    In my first eight weeks as your Command Chief, I've had the opportunity to visit many of you at locations around the world. Perhaps my most overwhelming impression from my visits is this: our nation is incredibly fortunate to have you. On a swing through Washington, I met with special operations weathermen at Fort Lewis and survived a Monster Mash
  • We didn't start this fight, but we must win it

    We sent three young men and a young woman home in flag-draped, metal containers a few days ago. I was flying over the scene shortly after one of the young men died. The warrior we were talking to on the radio was audibly shaken by the event. Looking down on the situation from two to three miles above, I was too far removed to truly feel his pain.
  • Autism awareness month:putting puzzle pieces together

    We were stationed in England the first time we heard the word autism associated with our son. Of course, we thought of the young child detached from the world, rocking back and forth. The characteristics we thought were associated with autism was emotionless detachment. Our son was far from that. It wasn’t until we continued to have problems at our
  • What are you doing with your tax return?

    An Airman walked into my office the other day excited about the new flat-panel television he was about to purchase. Curious as to how the Airman could afford such an extravagance, I asked how he’d pay for such a pricey item. He smiled and said, “I’m buying it with my tax return money.” I’ve taken it as my life mission to help young troops avoid the
  • Do a good job – people do notice

    Twenty eight years have now passed since I arrived at my first base as an airman basic, fresh out of technical school and eager to become a part of the “real Air Force.” I’ve held several jobs during those seven years of enlisted and 21 years of officer service, in two branches of the military. What have I learned over that time that could be of
  • Drinking, driving proves costly mix

    DUI is a three-letter acronym that stands for driving under the influence – including the influence of alcohol. We all know it’s no longer socially acceptable, nor will the Air Force tolerate, drinking and driving. Then why do people still put themselves into a career-threatening, or worse, life-threatening situation? I don’t have the magic answer
  • Our most important asset: Airmen

    Time and again, Team Hurlburt has proven the ability to rain down lethal combat power against America’s enemies across the globe. Our continued success in the no-fail Global War on Terrorism is not only dependent upon cutting-edge technology, innovative leadership and significant financial resources but also the unparalleled quality of our Airmen.