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  • Team Pope Embodies "Total Force" Concept

    Our Air Force leadership - Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Norton Schwartz - has made a point recently to stress the importance of recognizing our service's Total Force concept. The Total Force team includes every one of us representing the Air Force and completing its mission every day:
  • Fitness vs. Wellness

    Just two months ago, Maj. Jonathan Wright, 43rd Contracting Squadron Commander, wrote a spectacular commentary challenging us to take advantage of both the weather and the rejuvenating spirit that the spring season brings and to get in the 'PT Mindset.' In that article he discussed being both "War Fit" and "Fit for Life" along with the importance
  • Better Weather, Greater Hazard

    If you haven't noticed already, then let me be the first to remind you that spring has sprung ... especially here in North Carolina. There are more kids outside playing later in the evening and the motorcycles and watercraft are becoming more visible on the roads and lakes every day. I know a lot of you will be taking time in the next several weeks
  • The "New" AMC - It’s Full of Wow!

    It is apparent through the history of military service, the importance of being both mentally and physically strong is continually emphasized. And through my 26 years of service, I've seen the Air Force go from a non-existent physical training program to one which is focused on ensuring we are able to execute our missions daily, especially while
  • Being Sure To Take Care of Our Own!

    The Air Force Assistance Fund Drive kicks off Monday with a breakfast for Squadron Key Workers at the Airman and Family Readiness Center. What is really critical is that we all are Squadron Key Participants as we focus on crushing our goal of $55,000. Last year we raised more than $84,500 -- there is no doubt we can surpass last year's total with
  • Still Making An Impact ... Every Day!

    Today I will receive the out brief from our Base Realignment and Closure Site Activation Task Force visit, number 4. And while we wait for decisions to be made between the Air Force and Army HQ Staffs we'll continue to posture ourselves for success and begin to implement our plans for the realignment of Pope's real property and our
  • Involvement Pays You Back!

    If you've had the chance to talk with me recently during my travels around base, it's likely we've visited about the I Am challenge and putting Wow into how you do business. The Toy Trot, Santa's Attic, Operation Toy Drop and Super Bowl Bingo are just some of the events held in the last two months that have been possible due in large parts to
  • Success In 2009 Starts With Preparation

    Whether you realize it or not, all of us are continually making resolutions, they just get more press following the New Year. We plan to better ourselves mentally, physically or spiritually, or to better our situation in some way. For most of us, it has nothing to do with the turning of the calendar; it's simply a desire to always to the best we
  • SB Bingo - A Guaranteed "Wow!" Event

    Good Friday All! As we conclude our first week back following the holidays, and we begin to lay the foundations for a successful 2009, I want you to encourage you to join me and take advantage of an event guaranteed to be absolutely "Wow!" It has become a Pope tradition and one of my favorites; I am talking about Super Bowl Bingo! The "event" is
  • Focus on Families

    We've proven, after more than a year of planning and a summer's worth of exercising, that Team Pope truly is "excellent." Our four "excellents" from the LSEP, HSI, ATSEP and the ORI speak volumes about your motivation, enthusiasm and commitment. We are proven performers with an insatiable appetite to be the best we can be, and I want you all to