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  • 11 Space Warning Squadron History

    1 October 2017 marked a historic day for the 11th Space Warning Squadron. Not only was it the 23rd anniversary of the unit’s activation, it marks the completion of the unit’s first Space Mission Force (SMF) operations cycle performing the Spaced-Based Infrared Systems (SBIRS) mission. While this is certainly a great day in 11 SWS history, the unit
  • Every Airman a Leader

    “Every Airman a Leader.”  I firmly believe that.  Our service to our nation requires the habit of excellence.  Each of us must strive to be better today than we were yesterday.  We must be prepared to act without waiting for direction; to lead from where we stand.Twenty-seven years ago, I was on a bus full of Airmen arriving at Keesler AFB,
  • When the light at the end of the tunnel goes out

    When you see a service member at a gas station or stopping at the grocery store on their way home from work, you might see the uniform with all its stereotypes that live within the fabric. We’re supposed to be invincible; we’re supposed to be in top physical shape, and we’re supposed to be able to pack our bags and leave the country at a moment’s
  • The Beginnings of the US Air Force Academy

    For nearly 60 years, the US Air Force Academy (AFA) has welcomed cadets for the purpose of training them as officers. However, the opening of the Academy’s campus in 1958 was merely the beginning of the second chapter of its existence. From 1954-57, Lowry Air Force Base served as its home.The origins of the Air Force Academy go back to 1918, when
  • Are You The Vulnerability?

    If you watched the news in April 2014, it might have seemed like the information technology world was on fire. Major corporations, banks, and some governments were scrambling to secure their websites; and everywhere you turned there were talks of “Heartbleed.” Over 600,000 websites were affected and a largescale amount of damage was done. The chaos
  • Famous Women in Air Force History

    In honor of Women’s History Month, we take the time to recognize just a few of the many ladies who pioneered an enduring legacy within the worlds of the Air Force, aviation, and space. Their achievements continue to provide an example of innovation and service to all those who have followed in their footsteps. Esther Blake: Known as “The First
  • Priming the Pump: AFSA promotes a culture of continual care

    Early in my Air Force career, I was told to sign up for a professional military organization. I was stationed at McChord Air Force Base, Washington, and the Air Force Sergeants Association was the biggest and most prevalent organization on the installation. The members were significantly involved with activities across the base and in the
  • Why History and Heritage Matters

    During my high school years, our football team had a sign above the locker room door that we’d touch prior to going out on the field. The sign exhorted us to “Add To Tradition,” listing all the state championships and playoff appearances that prior teams at the school had achieved. Touching the sign was our acknowledgement of what they had
  • Taking a hard look at yourself as a leader

    Most employees are striving to get to the next grade and aspire to perform at a level that will enable them to move up the ladder and eventually become a leader. In some instances, leaders are placed in supervisory roles much sooner than expected or prior to achieving the skillsets necessary to perform supervisory roles. Today's society is so
  • I'm not an astronaut, but I make the mission

    I can understand how some may look at the career fields within the military and wonder why those jobs exist. In fact, I have wondered this many times in the past myself. I have been in the military for 14 months; this includes my time in Basic Military Training and Technical Training. So, needless to say, I’m still new to this lifestyle. Being a