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Default Air Force Logo Parting words: A small few can make a big difference
When the time came for me to write what would be my final article I thought long and hard about what I wanted to say. I pondered about giving words of wisdom or leaving you with some profound statement to invoke spontaneous deep thinking or perhaps even provide a theoretical perspective on why I joined the Air Force. But that is not who I really
0 4/30
2013
Default Air Force Logo Bold, Innovative and Intelligent Risk Takers
When Lt. Gen. Darren McDew visited Fairchild, I observed briefings by 92nd and 141st Airmen. A repeating theme caught my attention. After Airman 1st Class Jessica Huckabee's Total Force Enterprise and Innovation briefing, the 18th Air Force commander asked how she became an Aircraft Generation Equipment Technician. She came in the Air Force to do
0 4/17
2013
Default Air Force Logo Taking charge of your future
Who is in charge of where your life is headed? Is it you, someone else or no one? If "you" is not the answer, read on. Setting goals is a lesson I learned from my parents early in life. I quickly found that I like having control of my future. At first the goals were small, like attaining a specific rank in Boy Scouts or saving money for a new bike.
0 4/02
2013
Courtesy photo A Family of Airmen
I take being a tanker pilot very seriously. You see, my family depends on it. My brother, Maj. Will O'Brien is a bomber weapons system officer and my brother-in-law, Maj. Kevin Hicok is a fighter pilot. They are both combat-tested aviators and weapons school instructors, but without tanker gas neither of them would be able to do their job of
0 3/13
2013
Staff Sergeant Matt Todd, 92nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, bench-presses at the new facility March 26. The fitness center is open seven days a week. Monday through Friday from 4:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Taylor Curry) Just do it
Do you remember when your parents had to drag you inside from playing outdoors? I'm still trying to figure which point in our lives some of us lost the desire to run like the wind to dreading each lap around the track. I think people just dislike PT because it's hard, physical work that requires a long-term commitment. In my 29-year Air Force
0 3/05
2013
Default Air Force Logo Strengthen the ‘Long Blue Line’
I frequently choke up a bit when I am at a retirement ceremony or going-away function and I hear people reference the "Long Blue Line." For me, it is one of the most reverent terms in reference to our great service. The thought that countless Airmen have served our nation proudly and professionally, expecting no grand adulation for their
0 2/19
2013
Default Air Force Logo Community support
I'm four months from moving on to my next Air Force adventure. My family and I look forward to the change, but it will be hard to leave Spokane.Although I love my job at survival school, and Fairchild Air Force Base is a team-orientated base, the Spokane community is what we'll miss the most. It's not just all of the amazing things to do in and
0 2/13
2013
Default Air Force Logo From the flight line to line officer
I made the decision to retire from the Air Force after 26 great years and couldn't help but reflect on where it all started. When I was a junior in high school I had no idea what I was going to do with my future. My parents never talked to me about college; I couldn't spell college, and really had no idea what that was all about. One day my father
0 2/05
2013
Col. Brian Newberry, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander, and his son Matthew lay a wreath on a veteran’s headstone Dec. 15, 2012, during the Wreaths Across America event at the Fort Wright Cemetery in Spokane, Wash. This marks the first year that Wreaths Across America was held at the cemetery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Taylor Curry) Celebrate family, celebrate Fairchild
This is one of my favorite times of the year.The holidays give us a chance to celebrate our friendships and families, reflect on the year behind us, and recharge to meet tomorrow with a smile and a drive to succeed. Next year promises to be bright for Team Fairchild, very bright. Skyfest 2013 returns in May. In addition to hosting thousands of
0 12/18
2012
Default Air Force Logo Air Force brat reports as ordered
"So, where are you from?" It's an ordinary question usually having only one answer that elicits a nod, smile and a continued conversation. However, for an Air Force brat, it's never that simple. When I was younger, that question would make me a little anxious. I always dreaded that question, not because I wasn't proud of my upbringing, but because
0 12/04
2012
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