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  • Career Focus: Key spouses have connection power

    Have you ever thought about the number of people who make Team Kirtland's missions happen? Airmen are launching fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, and training to be, or serving as aircrews. There are pararescuemen learning and practicing warrior and healing arts. There are brilliant scientists testing and developing weapon systems. Finally, there is
  • Commander’s Corner: Save our TDYs, turn down your thermostat

    When you turn your thermostat down at work, you wouldn't think the energy that you're saving could translate into more temporary duty assignments for yourself or other Airmen. However, that's exactly the thinking that's taking place at Kirtland and across the Air Force right now. It's no secret that the Air Force is searching for clever ways to
  • Career Focus: Make the right decision for yourself and family

    On the last Wednesday of every month, I conduct a Right Decision Seminar for first and second term Airmen who are 12 to 15 months away from the end of their enlistments. This briefing provides information to help Airmen make an informed re-enlistment decision. The briefing begins with speeches from Kirtland's command chiefs. They provide career
  • Chief's Corner: Farewell Team Kirtland, thanks for everything

    I'd like to thank Colonel Suminsby for offering up this week's Commander's Corner to me so I can make some final comments as I depart for Fairchild AFB, Wash. I have been truly blessed with great bosses since I've been here, and this is just another example of the teamwork I've been allowed to share with them. As I look back on my two years here in
  • Commander’s Corner: New Air Force creed brings honor, pride

    Last week, Gen. T. Michael Moseley released his monthly CSAF's Vector and with it, the new Airman's Creed. For those of you who haven't read the new creed, I encourage you to take a few minutes to study the 18 lines on Page 7 that will replace all Air Force-related creeds currently in existence. The Airman's Creed goes right to the core of what we
  • Career Focus: Pay yourself first

    I once heard that gas prices rise like a rocket and fall like a feather. Recent gas prices seem to confirm this. Like many, it hurts my wallet each time I fill up at the pumps. All drivers must deal with gasoline costs, but we also have many other bills like mortgages, rent, utilities, car payments, food, clothing and other miscellaneous expenses.
  • Commander’s Corner

    Don't let illegal activities continue in your office Kirtland's Air Force Assistance Fund drive has only one week left. This is the one fund drive that gives us the opportunity to help our fellow Airmen and their families, both active duty and retired. The money we collect goes to four charities, three set up to help widows and widowers with
  • Career Focus: Don’t make the wrong decision

    When I volunteered to serve as my squadron's additional duty first sergeant, I was very motivated to learn about this prestigious and demanding position. I knew it was going to be tough. I knew it would expand my view of the Air Force and enable me to help people. I felt prepared to handle anything - after all, I had gained a lot of knowledge and
  • Career Focus: Our future is in excellent hands

    Organizing, facilitating and teaching enlisted professional enhancement classes are my favorite and most fulfilling career advisor duties. I'm passionate about teaching and learning, especially when the subjects are leadership and management. When I recruit instructors for these courses, I seek leaders with the same passion. Together, we hope each
  • Commander’s Corner: ANG 150th Fighter Wing – With a single mission for 60 years

    The 150th Fighter Wing, New Mexico Air National Guard, is a Total Force partner here and has been so for the last 60 years. The 150th started out in P-51's in 1947, and has progressed to F-16C+ Block 30s. Our mission has, remarkably, always been in single seat, single-engine fighters. The 150th Fighter Wing is now uniquely positioned to proceed