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Words matter in creating a climate and culture of trust
June 9, 2021
— Trust is built over time generally based on character, commitment, competence, and compassion. Service members (military and civilian) must trust each other in order to execute our no-fail mission. Sometimes, the environment created diminishes someone purposefully or accidentally, and everyone is empowered to prevent and stop those...
Joint Base Charleston Hosts Leadership Reasonable Accommodation Training
May 7, 2021
— Many by-law programs are available for leaders to optimize the workforce and ensure inclusive practices. Navigating the intricacies of all the programs and requirements can be challenging. To provide education and training for the Reasonable Accommodations Program, Joint Base Charleston championed the deliberate leadership development initiative to provide a virtual session on May 10, 2021 from 1000-1130...
Social Connection through Human Dignity and Respect
April 7, 2021
— “People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.” - Theodore Roosevelt The Community Action Team (JBCARES) is comprised of agencies that work together to track program trends and develop potential action plans that impact our Joint Base Charleston community – our collective goal is to always create and sustain a thriving connection culture. People programs that leverage and build “critical/soft skills” sometimes take a back burner to the prioritized programs that build the “hard skills” necessary to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace. The Air Force excels at progressive upgrade training for the knowledge, skills and abilities to do the essential components of jobs and finding efficiencies for processes to streamline those jobs. I believe people are the critical component of mission accomplishment – and their deliberate development in skills that make them a consummate teammate and leader is equally important. ...
But it’s all natural!
March 23, 2021
— The air floods thick with pollen every spring. This is nature’s way of saying, “I’m alive and ready for the new year.” The ensuing blanket of yellow is followed by shouts and gestures resembling a mother’s reaction to finding a can of open paint in the same room with the rapture of children at play. Rain puddles mixed with pollen do resemble a puddle of yellow paint. Another common sound heard may be the noise of a power washer running or the screams of people being sprayed with cold water while trying to wash the unsightly pollen and other detritus off houses, vehicles, driveways and white picket fences. This is all a natural response to; “Hey … it’s dirty and needs washing!”...
Why we need to protect wetlands
September 30, 2020
— Many people living in the United States are unaware of the importance of wetlands and the need to protect them. It's an issue occasionally reported on television news and sometimes on programs found on cable TV channels such as The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and the National Geographic Channel. But what are wetlands? And why are they so important? Wetlands are land in which the soil is saturated with moisture either permanently or during certain times during the year. Wetlands may be partially or completely covered by shallow pools of water and include lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, swamps and marshes. They can be saltwater, freshwater or brackish. Another way to describe a wetland is that it is an area of land having a water table that stands at or near the surface for a long enough season each year to support aquatic plants. ...
Suicide and Mental Health Awareness
September 23, 2020
— Life is filled with obstacles and stressors amplified by uncertainty related to the pandemic. As children return to school and parents return to work, managing stress in both environments requires a team approach to transition back into these environments and overcome difficulties. During these times it is vital to assist service members with adjusting to the work environment, help manage stress and find ways to remain connected while social distancing as pandemic precautions fluctuate. While brief periods of stress motivate us to achieve goals and develop creative solutions; extreme and ongoing stress can lead to financial problems, relationship concerns, job issues, changes in sleep and eating patterns or health challenges...
Retraining into Equal Opportunity for FY21
September 9, 2020
— This is one of the most meaningful times to retrain into the equal opportunity field. The field has been instrumental in discussions regarding societal trends of racism, sexism and many other current hot topics, and will continue to be critical in the future as a sustained by-law program. For service members interested in fairness, equality, human dignity and respect, the fiscal year 21 Retraining Advisory Listing on the myPers website showed the Equal Opportunity career field, AFSC “3F411,” has a total of 10 retraining quotas, five Tech. Sgt.’s and five Staff Sgt.’s, available for members to retrain into EO. ...
Women's Equality Day
August 27, 2020
— Since its designation in 1973, Women’s Equality Day is celebrated across the United States every August 26, commemorating the passing of the 19th Amendment and guaranteeing women the right to vote.Initially, the Constitution did not explicitly define suffrage, or the right to vote, but allowed each state to outline voter qualification. While some...
A Message from 628th ABW Leadership
May 31, 2020
— Airmen and Sailors of the 628th Air Base Wing, We are hurting as a nation, we are hurting as communities and we are hurting as individuals. We are a nation of great accomplishment, we are a nation of sorrowful moments and we are an imperfect nation always searching for a better tomorrow. We are a nation and a military of diverse experiences, beliefs and pursuits… we are Americans. ...
Preventing Water Pollution
December 12, 2019
— When the subject of water pollution comes up, most people think of oil, chemicals, hazardous waste, sewage, garbage and other contaminants being discharged into waterways. In reality, pollution from stormwater runoff is one of the leading sources of water pollution in the United States...