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Archive for September, 2013

A Test For Excellence

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Kids are officially back in school and ready to learn!  Education is such an important part of our kids’ lives, and I’m especially proud of the middle school students in my county, Clark County.  Seeing the school buses roll by each morning reminds me of the special program I was involved with earlier in the year. This Spring I was lucky enough to participate in this... read more

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Flashback: New Hampshire’s Jewel—MHT, My New Hometown Airport

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You hear the gear drop and flaps lower. The Flight Attendants have made their final pass through the cabin for trash and to remind you to raise your seat back and tray table and to turn off your electronic devices.  You can feel the plane descending and yet all you can see are trees looming closer. If it’s night, there is an occasional streetlight but nothing more.  You... read more

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Preparedness Month: Ready When the Time Comes

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Following the tumultuous weather events of 2012, including Hurricane Sandy, Oklahoma tornadoes, and most recently, flooding in Colorado and the western region, being prepared in the wake of a disaster is more relevant than ever. While we can never predict such events, Southwest Airlines maintains relationships with disaster response organizations year-round to ensure we... read more

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2012 Southwest Airlines One Report: People in Photos Part 2

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This is the fourth in a series of posts about our fourth annual integrated annual report, the 2012 Southwest Airlines One Report™, where we illustrate our triple bottom line approach that takes into account our Performance and productivity, the importance of our People and the Communities we serve, and our commitment to efficiency and the Planet. I started my career at... read more

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For James, It Was All Worth It

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When I think about my son, James, I remember his contagious smile.  Today marks six months from James’ passing, but I will always remember the joy that he brought to our family, and the lives that he touched while he was with us.  I also remember the special time that I got to spend with him on his Make-A-Wish® trip last summer. Our entire family accompanied James on his... read more

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Going Green: Recycling Symbols Decoded

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Have you ever looked on the bottom of a plastic bottle or flipped over a box and seen a recycling symbol?  Today, those symbols are fairly commonplace, but do you ever wonder what exactly they mean? Sometimes it might seem like there’s a lot of decoding to do when looking at the recycling emblems, but when you get down to it they’re pretty easy to understand.  Here’s... read more

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My Son, the Presidential Whiz-Kid!

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If you asked most five-year-olds where they’d most like to go  on vacation, I would guess someplace like Disneyland or Disney World would be at the top of their lists.  But if you asked my son Arden the same question, his answer would be Independence, Missouri, otherwise known as the home of Harry S. Truman and a variety of Truman historical sites. Not typical of his age,... read more

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Best of Flashback Fridays—Los Angeles International before SWA

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Choosing this week’s “Best of” Flashback Fridays was fairly simple—a “no-brainer,” some might say.  To begin, LAX celebrated a birthday this week, having turned the ripe, old age of 31 in Southwest years.  However, there was another reason—one that also has to do with a birthday—a birthday that wouldn’t be celebrated the same way this year as it had in the... read more

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The Hope-Providing Team

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“Never, never, never give up.”  This phrase, often quoted from Winston Churchill, is a motto I live by and a motto I tell every patient I meet. As the Director of the Institute for Cancer Care, Chief of Surgical Oncology and the Director of the Peritoneal Cancer Program at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, I meet peritoneal cancer patients every day who have been told... read more

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Going Green: Going Green in the Conch Republic

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Across our system, Southwest and AirTran Employees implement ways to operate with a green filter both at work and at home.  One of our newer stations, Key West, is no exception. There, the Team worked together to recycle items that would normally go to waste and use them for a good cause. Laurie Snow Hawkins, a Ground Ops Customer Service Lead, and Ali Laird, the Key West... read more

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