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  • 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
  • Commander’s Corner: Thank you volunteers; stay safe Kirtland

    I'd like to start this week's commander's corner by extending my appreciation to the 70+ volunteers who graciously gave up their Saturday evening to pay tribute to one of our local heroes. Last week, the Tuskegee Airmen were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington, D.C. This medal is the highest civilian award that can be bestowed by the
  • Career Focus: Balance work with family

    Working extra hours is normal in our profession. Yet, we sometimes push ourselves beyond the norm. When I was an Airman, I willingly worked an 18-hour shift on the flightline. I was not supposed to work beyond 12 hours for safety reasons, but I got so immersed in troubleshooting an A-10's malfunctioning generator system that I lost track of time. I
  • Commander's Corner: 377th MDG takes care of returning servicemembers

    The spotlight on Walter Reed Army Medical Center, D.C., has caused concern over the medical care our injured servicemembers are receiving, especially our men and women returning from deployment. If you saw the story in last Sunday's Albuquerque Journal, then you know that we have a good news story to tell locally. The 377th Medical Group is
  • Airmail: Where to smoke?

    Question: What are the current and future base smoking policies? Where is smoking not allowed, and is there a plan in the future to make it base wide? Answer: Tobacco use policy is derived from Air Force Instruction 40-102, Tobacco Use in the Air Force and Kirtland Instruction 40-102, Tobacco Use on Kirtland AFB. Although there is discussion at
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