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  • Culturally diverse, environmentally aware

    Part of our mission, as it is for all Air Force bases, is to be conscientious stewards of the land and its resources and I believe we are doing an excellent job of caring for our environment. We are required to adhere to the same environmental regulations everyone has to follow regarding the tools

  • Career Focus: Beyond material compensation

    Today, I received a letter from our accounting and finance office with the heading: Personal Statement of Military Compensation. This letter reported the annual value of my direct compensation from basic pay, allowances and bonuses. It also reported the value of indirect compensation from medical

  • Commander’s Corner: DVs visit; 101 days of summer kicks off

    Whew! To say it's been a very busy week for Team Kirtland would be a huge understatement! Over the past seven days, Kirtland opened its gates to many distinguished visitors. Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo of Guam honored us as the guest speaker for the Asian Pacific American Heritage banquet last

  • Career Focus: Blue Star Mothers give every Airman a hero’s welcome

    I am always amazed at how quickly time passes. It also amazes me to think of the thousands of wonderful people I've met serving as an aircraft maintainer, instructor, career advisor and acting first sergeant. Truly, I have been blessed to work with great people in my career. I am reminded of this

  • Commander’s Corner: Get out, experience Team Kirtland

    One of the most repeated comments heard after Air Force members attend in-residence Professional Military Education is that the best thing about the course was the chance to interact and learn from their Air Force teammates. Our new Airman's Creed reminds us of all that binds us together as Airmen.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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