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  • To See the World: Three Imperatives for Missile Warning Success

    In 2014, while serving as squadron commander, I wrote an article capturing elements of what constituted my leadership philosophy. In the article, I described the balance between taking care of the mission, unit personnel, and myself as the three pillars of sound leadership. These three elements have not changed over the years but they have – combined with changes in our strategic environment – prompted me to develop a Delta command approach motivated by three distinct imperatives: our oath as foundational to everything we do, our mission’s role in national security, and the development of space warfighters as key to operating in the new space environment.
  • Money makes the world go ‘round

    From the time of the Continental Army, the importance of a financial manager in the payment of entitlements has been widely known. On June 16, 1775, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Continental Congress established the first Pay Master General, James Warren. Today, most members primarily correlate our responsibilities to the financial operations function regarding military and travel pay; however, our role reaches far beyond what members encounter at the customer service offices. The second function of the Financial Management community is to manage budget and accounting operations for the entire service. This process starts with the development of a 5-year Future Years Defense Program (FYDP) that is codified by the passing of the National Defense Authorization Act signed into law each year by the President. This law reaches every aspect of our day-to-day lives from home station operations in garrison to supporting overseas contingency operations around the globe.
  • BSFB develops seamless integration, enhances culture

    I am proud to represent the United States Space Force as the Buckley Space Force Base commander.
  • The literal cost of leadership

    Many years ago, a mentor of mine relayed a story about one of the founding fathers of the U.S. Air Force, retired Gen. Benjamin Foulois. He explained that Foulois was assigned to the Signal Corps in the early 1900s and was part of the initial cadre to fly dirigibles for the U.S. Army. In parallel, the Wright Brothers were making improvements to their heavier-than-air flying machine which started to catch attention of military brass. Foulois’ experience with dirigibles and his vision of what the Wright Flyer could deliver in future warfare led him to write a thesis on airpower while at Professional Military Education. Because of that vision, he was selected to lead acceptance testing of the aircraft and then charged with learning how to fly this machine and make it practical for military action.
  • My thoughts on Black History Month

    When it comes to Black History Month, I suppose that I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, I love that we are taking time as a nation to celebrate the contributions and historical impact of Black people. Amazingly, during this month, people learn about all the great Black figures who helped shape the world we live in. As a child, I always loved reciting speeches written by Dr. Martin Luther King, Sojourner Truth, and other great Black Americans. I reveled in the fact that some of my favorite things were invented by people who looked like me.
  • Arctic Remembrance Day

    The 12th Space Warning Squadron at Thule Air Base, Greenland, is a shining example of the strong relationship between the United States Air Force, United States Space Force, and Royal Canadian Air Force.
  • The Importance of the Gates

    The Importance of Gates; a Defenders Perspective.
  • The 460th Medical Group Restructures

    Many of you may have noticed that the provider team you normally see at the 460th Medical Group has now changed.  Have no fear, the same great care you have received from your previous provider team will not change!  The mile high medics just completed a reorganization and re-designation of their squadrons as directed by the Air Force Medical
  • High expectations

    I witnessed authentic leadership in a 16 year-old high school marching band percussionist. At a state-wide competition, her band was staged in a parking lot overlooking the football field waiting for their time to perform. She and a small number of other musicians were watching a competing band on the field while they waited. Around her were about 30 of her bandmates, many of whom were chatting, laughing, and wandering aimlessly as a way to cope with the stress of competition -- then it happened.
  • 460th SFS launches “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine” enforcement campaign against speeding

    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during 2015, more than 9,500 lives were lost across America in speeding-related traffic crashes. Even one life lost to speeding is too many. Here at Buckley Air Force Base, we’re taking the safety of our members to the next level. The 460th Security Forces Squadron will intensify