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  • Is this purchase authorized?

    Too many times Airmen do not know the proper procedures for using their Government Purchase Card. Yes they have gone to training, but did they pay attention and if they did, was enough information retained for when they actually use the card? There are times when that answer is no.  It's those times that Airmen either using the card or those
  • Are we doing enough?

    Are we doing enough? Briefings, stories in the base paper and commanders' calls are all mediums that have been used to tell us about suicide prevention. The tools are there for us to use, but people still attempt and commit suicide everyday. Although the specifics involved with stories I hear about suicide differ, certain comments never seem to
  • Airmen cautioned against identity theft

    The amount of credit card fraud, debit card fraud and identity theft in the United States are seemingly on the rise. Security forces investigators from the 354th Security Forces Squadron at Eielson receive about one report of credit/debit card fraud or identity theft every month. The amount of reports fielded by civilian law enforcement agencies
  • Wing commander sends holiday greetings

    As 2006 winds down, Lisa and I and my family would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for all your efforts in making Eielson Air Force Base the best place to live and work in our Air Force and to wish all of you Happy Holidays, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It's been an honor and a privilege to work alongside each and every
  • Additional Duties are Not Four Letter Words

    There are so many opportunities in the Air Force to prepare yourself for success as you move up through the ranks or transition to your post military career. The Air Force teaches us technical skills, pays for college degrees, develops in us a positive work ethic and the list goes on. These opportunities are readily shared with us by everyone.
  • December 7, 1941: The sleeping giant awakens

    On an early Sunday morning 65 years ago, America changed forever. Shortly before 8 a.m. on Dec. 7, 1941, the skies over the Hawaiian island of Oahu were darkened by 353 aircraft from the Imperial Japanese Navy--their mission: to destroy America's military establishment in the Pacific ... and with it, our national will to wage war. Despite heroic
  • Leadership challenge: Empowering your folks

    It's a dilemma we all face. Do you complete a task yourself, or empower someone else? You may know how to do the job, but should you always accomplish it? Empowering someone may require training, but isn't grooming your subordinates as technicians, managers and eventually, leaders, one of your primary leadership responsibilities? There are costs
  • Teamwork equals success

    "It is amazing how much you can accomplish when it doesn't matter who gets the credit." Teamwork: we all have a passion for what we do, but rarely do we have the capability to succeed alone. As you review your plan for next week, take some time to consider what you'll accomplish without any help. Whatever you do, whether it's repairing aircraft,
  • Get in the wheelbarrow

    After completing a highly dangerous tightrope walk over Niagara Falls in appalling wind and rain, 'The Great Zumbrati' was met by an enthusiastic supporter, who urged him to make a return trip, this time pushing a wheelbarrow, which the spectator had thoughtfully brought along. The Great Zumbrati was reluctant, given the terrible conditions, but
  • A salute to first impressions

    Ever heard the saying, "You never get a second chance to make a good first impression?" Do you ever think about the first impression you make walking around the base? Most of you will probably be thinking about how your uniform looks. But have you ever thought about the impression you leave on another person when you exchange salutes?The salute is