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  • More Lethal…Medics?

    In his October 2017 memo to Department of Defense (DoD) personnel, the Secretary of Defense challenged us all to “remain the world’s preeminent fighting force” by restoring readiness & building lethality, strengthening alliances, and bringing business reform to the DoD. Readiness and strengthening alliances make perfect sense to building a more
  • Are you a builder or a wrecker?

    All of us work (or live) around people who make a difference in our lives. Some of the differences are positive, while some are not so favorable. We probably interacted with people who we called "negative or positive" based on their outlook on a situation.Here is my question, "What about you?" Have you ever been that "negative" person who sees
  • Servant Leadership

    As leaders, we sometimes take our position, power and rank for granted. Yes, we earned our stripes, our bars, oak leafs or eagles, but the dedication and trust of our followers--that does not come with rank or authority, it comes from a genuine concern for our people. It comes from practicing servant leadership.
  • Walkie-Talkies

    One of the first few lessons I learned in life was on quality, communication and leadership.  All were centered on a walkie-talkie gift I received when I was around six years old.Transformers were big when I was growing up, and I remember seeing an “Optimus Prime” Walkie Talkie for sale at a local toy store for the “discount” price of around
  • Decisions: Airmen choose Article 15 as wakeup call

    The Misawa Air Base Judge Advocate General shares his perspective on the Article 15 process and the ways in which commanders use the administrative tool to shape units and Airmen’s lives for the better.
  • Career field exchange offers day in neighbor’s boots

    Introducing Misawa’s first-ever career field exchange and shadow program, which provides service members from career fields across the installation an opportunity to experience another’s day-to-day mission and duty expectations.
  • Misawa ghost hunting, part two

    It was a normal August summer day in the year 1945 when the base was suddenly attacked. Explosions could be heard from every corner of the base as bombs and gun fire caused mass destruction. After the bombings, more than 90 percent of the base was engulfed in flames. Panic struck the Japanese soldiers and families flooding the base hospital and
  • Misawa ghost hunting, part one

    With Halloween right around the corner, I’ve been digging into ghost sightings around Misawa. This week’s story took place at Leftwich Park.I’m not one to believe in ghosts or hauntings, but these bone-chilling stories got me curious about the most haunted places around the base.Many of these stories date back to the World War II era when the
  • Improving your stride: Run like a ninja, not a t-rex

    If dinosaurs were better runners, they might not be extinct today.Evidence suggests some dinosaurs ran by planting their heel first and springing off their toes; something many people do today. Those who run like this couldn't possibly get out of the way of a meteor fast enough.But you know who might? A ninja.Growing up I learned a lot from my dad
  • Empowering our Airmen and Families

    "Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family." - Kofi Annan, "Where on Earth Are We Going"I had already been a voluntary client at Family Advocacy by the time I began serving as a U.S. Air Force first sergeant in 1998. As my career progressed and life - in all its glorious