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  • What You Need to Know About UIF and ARCNet

    The early end of winter, and Syracuse basketballs' progress through the post season (both men's and women's) has made this a memorable and pleasant month of March. The commanders, chiefs and staff continue to make my first few months as the Air Defense Group Commander memorable and pleasant because they are some of the finest leaders I've worked
  • Anti-Terrorism: Know the Threat and Take It Seriously

    I recently attended the Antiterrorism Level IV Executive Training hosted by the Joint Staff. The origin for this comes from the 1996 Khobar Towers terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia. The course reinforced for me that we have many adversaries with the intent and ability to do us harm anywhere in the world, to include right here at home. I'm not going
  • The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Air Defenders

    I couldn't be prouder of our 2015 EADS Annual Award winners and nominees. These highly effective leaders and professionals inspire all of us. I want to share with you a book that inspired me early in my leadership journey: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. Although the title makes it sound like a self-help checklist,
  • Continued Focus on Priorities Will Ensure Success in 2016

    In last month's Sector newsletter, Chief Rojo and I each wrote about the events of 2015 and the many advances and accomplishments you all should be very proud of. This month's article looks forward to 2016.As we look ahead, we are guided by the Vision, Mission and Priorities we developed and published last year. All our efforts, in some way, pursue
  • 2015 Was Year of Challenges and Progress

    As 2015 draws to a close, it's important to reflect on the past year's key events and our many accomplishments.Organizational Changes Completed. In January, the 224 Air Defense Group and its two squadrons were activated. The 224 ADG is the NYANG unit deployed in place and charged with providing trained and ready Airmen to conduct the Eastern Air
  • AFIS Progress Being Made

    EADS is twelve months from completing our first Unit Effectiveness Inspection cycle under the new Air Force Inspection System (AFIS). We are making good progress in implementing AFIS but we have quite a ways to go. Your continued efforts are critical.A major element of AFIS is decentralizing decision making and empowering Airmen and their
  • Leadership Requires Service Before Self

    On August 21, passengers on a train bound for Paris thwarted a massacre.  Three friends from Sacramento subdued Ayoub El-Khazzani, who was armed with an AK-47, a Lugar pistol, box cutters and plenty of ammo. Of the three, USAF Airman Spencer Stone was slashed multiple times with a box cutter. Another man, born in Durham, N.C. but living in Paris,
  • Updated Priorities Support Mission and Vision

    In last month's Sector, we published the new EADS Vision Statement: "We will detect and defeat the next air attack on America." In the previous issue, we unveiled the updated EADS Mission: "Counter all air threats to EADS' assigned Area of Operations through vigilant detection, rapid warning and precise tactical control of NORAD/USNORTHCOM
  • VISION: We will detect and defeat the next air attack on America

    The EADS Strategic Planning Council met on June 11 and approved this Vision Statement. It inspires and guides all our actions in the Sector as we guard America's skies today and continually increase our readiness to detect and defeat tomorrow's threat. This vision applies equally to all of us, whether you are characterizing air tracks in the
  • Symmetrical vs Asymmetrical Threats: Balancing NORAD's full-spectrum air defense

    The terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 were clearly a turning point in the history of the NORAD/CONR/Sector air defense mission. Prior to that day, NORAD's primary focus was on the greatly diminished external Russian threat. Post-9-11, the main effort shifted to combating a well-organized "asymmetrical" terrorist threat.During his recent
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