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Keeping your eye on the doughnut

Lt. Col. (Dr.) Alvin Bradford's wife, Dina, attaches the commanders pin onto Bradford's service coat for the first time during the 507th Medical Squadron assumption of command ceremony at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Feb. 9, 2019. Prior to assuming command, Bradford served as the Chief of Aerospace Medicine in the 507th MDS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Grady Epperly)

Lt. Col. (Dr.) Alvin Bradford's wife, Dina, attaches the commanders pin onto Bradford's service coat for the first time during the 507th Medical Squadron assumption of command ceremony at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Feb. 9, 2019. Prior to assuming command, Bradford served as the Chief of Aerospace Medicine in the 507th MDS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Grady Epperly)

Lt. Col. (Dr.) Alvin Bradford salutes the 507th Air Refueling Wing Commander, Col. Miles Heaslip, as Bradford assumes command of the 507th Medical Squadron at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Feb. 9, 2019. Prior to assuming command, Bradford had been the Chief of Aerospace Medicine in the 507th MDS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Grady Epperly)

Lt. Col. (Dr.) Alvin Bradford salutes the 507th Air Refueling Wing Commander, Col. Miles Heaslip, as Bradford assumes command of the 507th Medical Squadron at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Feb. 9, 2019. Prior to assuming command, Bradford had been the Chief of Aerospace Medicine in the 507th MDS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Grady Epperly)

The 507th Air Refueling Wing Commander, Col. Miles Heaslip, officiates an assumption of command ceremony at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Feb. 9, 2019. During the ceremony, Lt. Col. (Dr.) Alvin Bradford accepted command of the 507th MDS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Grady Epperly)

The 507th Air Refueling Wing Commander, Col. Miles Heaslip, officiates an assumption of command ceremony at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Feb. 9, 2019. During the ceremony, Lt. Col. (Dr.) Alvin Bradford accepted command of the 507th MDS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Grady Epperly)

Lt. Col. (Dr.) Alvin Bradford stands ready to accept the guideon from the 507th Air Refueling Wing Commander, Col. Miles Heaslip, during the 507th Medical Squadron assumption of command ceremony at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Feb. 9, 2019. Prior to assuming command, Bradford served as the Chief of Aerospace Medicine in the 507th MDS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Grady Epperly)

Lt. Col. (Dr.) Alvin Bradford stands ready to accept the guideon from the 507th Air Refueling Wing Commander, Col. Miles Heaslip, during the 507th Medical Squadron assumption of command ceremony at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Feb. 9, 2019. Prior to assuming command, Bradford served as the Chief of Aerospace Medicine in the 507th MDS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Grady Epperly)

Members of the Tinker Air Force Base Honor Guard post the colors during the 507th Medical Squadron assumption of command ceremony at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Feb. 9, 2019. During the ceremony Lt. Col. (Dr.) Alvin Bradford accepted command of the 507th MDS from the presiding official, 507th Air Refueling Wing Commander, Col. Miles Heaslip. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Grady Epperly)

Members of the Tinker Air Force Base Honor Guard post the colors during the 507th Medical Squadron assumption of command ceremony at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Feb. 9, 2019. During the ceremony Lt. Col. (Dr.) Alvin Bradford accepted command of the 507th MDS from the presiding official, 507th Air Refueling Wing Commander, Col. Miles Heaslip. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Grady Epperly)

Members of the 507th Medical Squadron stand in formation during an assumption of command ceremony at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Feb. 9, 2019. During the ceremony Lt. Col. (Dr.) Alvin Bradford accepted command of the 507th MDS from the 507th Air Refueling Wing Commander, Col. Miles Heaslip. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Grady Epperly)

Members of the 507th Medical Squadron stand in formation during an assumption of command ceremony at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Feb. 9, 2019. During the ceremony Lt. Col. (Dr.) Alvin Bradford accepted command of the 507th MDS from the 507th Air Refueling Wing Commander, Col. Miles Heaslip. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Grady Epperly)

Members of the Tinker Air Force Base Honor Guard prepare to post the colors during the 507th Medical Squadron assumption of command ceremony at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Feb. 9, 2019. During the ceremony, Lt. Col. (Dr.) Alvin Bradford accepted command of the 507th MDS from the presiding official, 507th Air Refueling Wing Commander Col. Miles Heaslip. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Grady Epperly)

Members of the Tinker Air Force Base Honor Guard prepare to post the colors during the 507th Medical Squadron assumption of command ceremony at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Feb. 9, 2019. During the ceremony, Lt. Col. (Dr.) Alvin Bradford accepted command of the 507th MDS from the presiding official, 507th Air Refueling Wing Commander Col. Miles Heaslip. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Grady Epperly)

Lt. Col. (Dr.) Alvin Bradford accepts the guideon from the 507th Air Refueling Wing Commander, Col. Miles Heaslip, during the 507th Medical Squadron assumption of command ceremony at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Feb. 9, 2019. Prior to assuming command, Bradford served as the Chief of Aerospace Medicine in the 507th MDS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Grady Epperly)

Lt. Col. (Dr.) Alvin Bradford accepts the guideon from the 507th Air Refueling Wing Commander, Col. Miles Heaslip, during the 507th Medical Squadron assumption of command ceremony at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Feb. 9, 2019. Prior to assuming command, Bradford served as the Chief of Aerospace Medicine in the 507th MDS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Grady Epperly)

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.