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  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Reviewing maintenance operations history

    With the New Year fast approaching, I began thinking about all the changes and events that will accompany a change in the calendar year. One of those significant changes for the 92nd Maintenance Group and my squadron, the 92nd Maintenance Operations Squadron, is the deactivation of our unit next summer. The mission of our unit will not change and
  • It’s the most wonderful time of the year … Maybe

    The holidays are once again upon us (not enough shopping days 'til Christmas) and, as the classic Andy Williams song tells us, "It's the most wonderful time of the year." While this may be true for many of us, it is unfortunately not the case for some of our fellow Airmen and civilian colleagues alike. This time of year can actually be the most