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Keeping your eye on the doughnut

Keeping your eye on the doughnut

Story by MSgt Grady L Epperly on 02/09/2019

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — The 507th Medical Squadron welcomed its new commander, Lt. Col. (Dr.) Alvin Bradford, during an assumption of command ceremony Feb. 9, 2019, at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma.

A native of Maryland and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Bradford has adopted his father’s favorite adage of “keep your eye on the doughnut” as a way to communicate a focus on specific objectives.

The complete adage, “Keep your eye upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole,” is a reflection of focusing on what you have versus what you don’t.

“For us in the 507th MDS, the doughnut is the medical support of the wing mission,” said Bradford. “By focusing on our doughnut, we become extraordinary and successful together.”

The 507th Air Refueling Wing Commander, Col. Miles Heaslip, officiated the ceremony.

“Because of Lt. Col. Bradford’s focus on his people, I could not think of a better person to command our medical squadron,” said Heaslip.

Prior to assuming command, Bradford served as the Chief of Aerospace Medicine in the 507th MDS.

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