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  • Why Drive?

    It may beg the question, but many people wonder why bars have parking lots in a world where driving drunk is prohibited. Here in Misawa City, that question is avoided altogether -- most bars simply don't have any available parking. Yet somehow, the number of service members who drive under the influence continues to remain steady. With no places to
  • Suicide prevention: A leadership challenge for all

    Every time a life is lost in Pacific Air Forces I am alerted. All are tragic in different ways, but among the most troubling is when it involves a suicide. During the course of my 35 years on active duty, I've learned that we cannot prevent every suicide attempt. More importantly, I've learned that we can prevent many through good
  • Honoring the legacy of heroes

    For all of us in uniform and those who support our great nation as part of our Air Force team, Memorial Day is a special holiday. Memorial Day observances began following the Civil War when it was known as Decoration Day. This day was dedicated to honoring those who had died during the Civil War. Today, these observances honor all Americans who
  • Secure your line badges, protect our assets

    One of the things I notice on a daily basis here is the display of restricted area badges, also known as line badges. One of the most important things I was told when I got my line badge was that it should be secured and out of view when not in the facility or area where the line badge is required. I don't necessarily blame the Airman, NCO, etc.
  • PT is kind of like dirty socks

    The phone rings in your office. It is the orderly room and they want to speak to you. Daily Air Force life lends itself to a couple possibilities. Performance report overdue? No. Late for a meeting? No. Orders? Can't be. When you ask them what they want, their response is simply, "You need to come and sign something." That could only mean one
  • Physical fitness a vital measure of readiness

    Imagine reporting for duty one morning and having your supervisor say you've been selected for a 270-day deployment to a provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan.  After the news begins to sink in, you then find out you have to complete some tough combat skills training at Fort Bragg, N.C. Holy cow! Oh, and by the way, you need to be there in
  • AFAF - Taking care of our own

    I am most proud of the priority we place on taking care of our fellow Airmen and their families. A great example of taking care of our own is the Air Force Assistance Fund (AFAF) annual fundraising effort. Through the AFAF, the Air Force Village Foundation, Air Force Aid Society, LeMay Foundation and the Air Force Enlisted Village provide tangible
  • Take a breath, a senseless death

    I hope the subject got your attention. As many of you have already heard, we lost a servicemember here recently - a senseless death that left a young family without a husband and father. Results of the autopsy revealed he was huffing. Huffing is a term for inhaling chemicals (such as vapors from aerosols, paint, and other products) intended to
  • I now know things that I shouldn't

    Technology can be a wonderful thing. With e-mail, instant messenger and Web cams, we can keep in contact with people on the other side of the world. I recently saw my son, stationed in Iraq, through a Web cam. It was great to see him and talk to him as if we were in the same room. Cell phones are pretty much the same way. It's great to be able to
  • Financial responsibility

    We often see Armed Forces Network commercials about credit card debts and ways to save money -- basically stressing and promoting financial responsibility. While I don't disagree with these commercials, it made me wonder if people really understand what financial responsibility means. The question, "what is financial responsibility?" seems to be