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  • Putting our Challenges in Perspective

    Lack of money in a time of war, inadequate facilities, steadily dwindling manpower, increased belt-tightening... these terms are familiar to Air Force personnel as we cope with force shaping, reductions in force, and budget cuts - all while fighting a long war on terrorism. There's no doubt we face many challenges as we strive to operate and
  • Fiscal Responsibility and You

    The 47th Flying Training Wing recently received its initial distribution of funding, approximately $120 million, from Headquarters Air Education and Training Command to cover the mission requirements for this fiscal year. While this may seem like a substantial sum of money, it's actually much less than we had requested in the annual budget request
  • It's great to be an Airman

    What a great month we've had at Laughlin! I believe the most important accomplishment was that every single Airman, family member, civilian and contractor who was with us before the holidays returned to us safely after the holidays. Further each and every one survived the incredibly rare snow and ice storm this month. It is easy to take those
  • Total Force—Citizen Airmen Instructor Pilots

    Throughout US history, the American federal military has grown and shrunk relying on state, territorial, or regional militias and regiments to meet defense needs. Working typical jobs, normal citizens such as farmers, bankers and craftsmen have met the call to serve during times of need. Today, as the active forces continue to shrink from Cold War
  • PFE knowledge helps leaders lead

    Early in my career, I often wondered why information in the Promotion Fitness Examination Study Guide was weighted the same as the Specialty Knowledge Test for promotion testing. In each area, you have the opportunity to earn 100 points. But surely, I thought, the technical information from the SKT was more important for doing my job, right? I
  • "...Because the Noblest of Ideas Have Always Been Protected By Warriors"

    Before departing for his tour in Iraq, my little brother, an Army Reservist asked, "Would you...if something goes wrong, make sure my son understands why it had to be?" As a dutiful brother I agreed, but I had no clue what I would tell my 8-year-old nephew. Then, I remembered the dedication from "The Sum of All Fears" by Tom Clancy, "For...all the
  • Today's Youth

    "I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on the frivolous youth of today, for they are reckless beyond words. When I was young, we were taught to be discreet, respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly disrespectful and impatient." Who do you think articulated the above critique on the young? Sound like
  • Border Eagle retires after nearly 55 years

    For almost 55 years, members of Team XL have gotten their news on a weekly basis in the form of the print newspaper the Border Eagle; and up until now, the newspaper has been my primary means of communicating with you. However, with today's final edition of the Border Eagle, my new primary outlet for you to receive news and other important
  • Personal leadership requires self-assesment

    "To understand others is to be wise, but to understand one's self is to be illumined. One who overcomes others is strong, but he who overcomes himself is mighty."-- Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopherOne key to successful leadership is honest self-assessment. Leadership is an inherently human process, and leadership success often depends upon how
  • One more thing for which to be thankful

    Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and everywhere I go I'm reminded of the many things I have for which I'm thankful. I'm thankful for my new wife and the fact that we get to spend this holiday season together while so many others don't. I'm thankful I have a job I love to go to every morning where I work with a group of people I'm proud to call my friends.
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