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  • Ready for the mission, ready for the challenges

    First, I would like to thank our AEDC team and the community for the world-class reception you have given to my wife, Debbie, and me. We are absolutely thrilled with our assignment - an assignment that I requested. While being given this opportunity to live in this wonderful part of the country and to join this fantastic community is a great
  • 2009-2011 at AEDC…Our Family’s Best Ever

    Words just cannot describe our gratitude for what has become far and away the best two years in our Air Force journey. When we arrived, we had no idea what lied ahead: a totally new mission, a completely unfamiliar area, and more than a little apprehension. At the same time, we were thrilled with the opportunity, excited about the possibilities,
  • CFT: Let’s review what we have learned

    It's hard to believe, but this will my last edition of the "Commander's Fit Tip." It's been a fantastic two years, and I can't thank you enough for your interest, comments and correspondence as we explored the universe of topics related to boosting performance, shedding pounds and developing a healthy, life-enhancing lifestyle. It's been an honor
  • Celebrating a significant milestone in our nation's history

    This weekend, we will celebrate perhaps the most significant milestone in our nation's history ... our Declaration of Independence. This is right on the heels of our own celebration of six decades as the world's leader in our mission here at AEDC. These certainly call for a special event, and today we are honored to partner with the Tullahoma
  • Now, that is mentoring

    About ten years ago, after enlightening me with, no doubt, another gem of wisdom that went over my head, the colonel said to me, "now, that's mentoring!" Years later, I'm beginning to understand what mentoring really is and that we can easily miss it, even when it's right in front of us. We often seek mentoring from the wrong sources, we don't
  • Smart Summer Strategy: Offense or Defense? A Timeless Question

    Winning strategies seem to come in all shapes and sizes ... "the best defense is good offense" often attributed to heavyweight prize fighter Jack Dempsey. Others opine that "defense is the best offense." If you dig around, you can find opposing views on types of strategies, such as my personal favorite, the "prevent defense" successfully executed
  • CFT: Stuck in a Rut? Think Multi Sport

    Having just survived my first triathlon (our very own Mach Tenn!) I can tell you first hand that multi- sport training can totally transform your workouts and, more importantly, your results. Good news is, you don't have to be an aspiring tri-athlete to benefit from the "secrets" of multi-sport training. In fact, most fitness aficionados can
  • Commentary: Founding fathers’ ideals of independence upheld today

    We all enjoy a great many freedoms. Over the July 4th weekend, many of us will get together for a cookout or to watch fireworks with friends and family as we celebrate our nation's 235th birthday. While we certainly look forward to those activities, we should also use the holiday as an opportunity to reflect on exactly why it is we're able to
  • Commentary: On Memorial Day, take a lesson from the Old Guard

    The exact origins of Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, are not known. It was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868, by Gen. John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, that a day should be observed nationwide as a ritual of remembrance and reconciliation. That first observation took place May 30th of the same
  • Going After Some Green

    Since my arrival, I've been pushing for all of us to do our part and find ways to execute our mission more efficiently, and energy consumption is a big factor in the cost or our operations. "Energy" isn't limited to our electric bill (nearly $30 million last year!). Here at AEDC, we have to look at every aspect of our operation and look for ways to
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