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  • Insight to the assignment system

    I've been involved with the Air Force assignment system for more than 20 years and I want to share a few tips to help prepare you for your follow-on assignment after Kunsan Air Base or increase your chances for your dream assignments later in your career. Follow these tips and your assignment experience will be more enjoyable. 1) Be proactive and
  • The new ACE

    In this ever-slimming Air Force, we see force reductions in many different ways. To succeed, we must thrive in our jobs and as Airmen. We should strengthen our force by highlighting members who rise above others. As Airmen, we are not afforded many opportunities to put ourselves out there and show everyone what we can do. The new Airmen Committed
  • Standards? What standards?

    Recently, I was asked the difference between a good NCO and a great NCO. Well, I answered the question as best I could but failed to mention "standards." You see, a good NCO sets his sights on just "meeting" standards, while a great NCO is continually trying to "exceed" standards and motivates his Airmen to do the same. Webster's Dictionary defines
  • Look beyond the bullet

    Have you ever heard someone say, "You should do that; it would make a great bullet"?Bullets on an enlisted performance report can be daunting when the pressure to go the extra mile replaces the motivation for self-improvement and a dedication to serve.Last time I checked, the Air Force motto wasn't to 'Fly, Fight and Write Strong Bullets.' The
  • Heat adaptation: Preparing the human weapon system

    The summer season is in full swing here at Kunsan Air Base. Along with the good times associated with this time of year comes a host of human performance threats to include heat stress.In the last two years alone, the 8th Medical Group has treated 14 heat-illness cases. There are some variables we have little to no control over, like the wet bulb
  • The perfect Airman

    I'm the perfect Airman ... let me explain.Throughout my career, I've always come in to work on time. Well normally anyway. My uniform always looks sharp, though sometimes I could use a haircut and I might miss a spot shaving.I have a spotless record, unless you consider that I have received a few letters of counseling, at least one letter of
  • Nutritional supplements: Buyer beware

    In January 2011 a dietary supplement company based out of Southern Florida announced a recall of one of their weight loss supplements. The reason for the recall was the supplement contained a Food and Drug Administration regulated drug, commonly used as an appetite suppressant for weight loss, but was not advertised on the product's label. How is
  • Commentary: Spot the Heroes

    While over-the-top villains and superheroes steal the spotlight, others, the real heroes, shy away from it. It is the reason most people know names like Tony Stark, Peter Parker, and Bruce Wayne, yet they do not recognize the names of Tech. Sgt. Tony Whitley, Airman 1st Class Alex Tilling and Airman 1st Class Steven Fried. So trade your
  • What's your story?

    I remember the phone call three years ago like it happened an hour ago. My sister called to tell me our dad had died unexpectedly in his sleep. Among the many emotions I encountered shortly thereafter, I distinctly remember reflecting on my dad's Air Force service as I watched his flag being folded by sharp Air Force honor guard members. My dad
  • My job is prosecuting sexual assault

    Here's a simple truth...sexual offenders reject our core values of integrity, service and excellence, in favor of following their own base, undisciplined, criminal desires. Most sexual assaults committed by Airmen are "blue on blue," or Airmen victimizing other Airmen. So in addition to rejecting our core values, these undisciplined Airmen reject