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  • Community - A lasting partnership

    Over the past several weeks I've shared with you my priorities for the wing: people, mission, family and community. I want to give you my thoughts on the fourth priority, community. Throughout my years in the Air Force I've learned that a big part of the military's success depends upon the support it receives from the community. Fairchild and
  • Bigger on the inside

    While making the rounds at a local fair a man encountered a little girl carrying a huge mass of cotton candy on a paper cone. He asked, "How can a little girl like you eat all of that cotton candy?" "Well, you see, mister," the little girl answered, "I'm really bigger on the inside than I am on the outside." As we approach Thanksgiving I wonder how
  • To fellow Airmen

    I know you are all busy providing our Air Force's critical capabilities in service to our great nation. I appreciate the sacrifices in time and effort you make on a daily basis. Please take a moment from your busy day and reflect with me on the recent passing of a great American who did his duty when our nation needed him most. America lost a
  • To the heroes

    Gen. John P. Jumper, the Air Force Chief of Staff from 2001 to 2005, once said "The character of a country can be seen in the character of those who come forward to serve." In recognition of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, I would like to share an experience while deployed to Balad, Iraq, in the fall of 2006 which illustrates the character of those who
  • Honoring those who’ve served: Proud heritage, boundless horizons

    On Veteran's Day, we pause to do what Americans have proudly done for decades - pay special tribute to the men and women who have taken the oath and worn the uniform in defense of our country. It's a remarkable tribute to our nation's spirit that every generation has provided citizens willing to go in harm's way to protect liberty. Many times in
  • Earn more, spend less

    When I heard the comment, "To save money, you must earn more and spend less," I actually laughed a little. I thought that was making things a little over-simple. But it's not. As silly as the statement may sound, it is, in fact, very true. We've all probably seen classic examples of the young man in his 20's. He decides he wants a car that attracts
  • 36th RQF thank you

    On Oct. 1, the 36th Rescue Flight dispatched a UH-1N Huey helicopter in search of a 77-year-old man. Four Airmen from the flight conducted rescue number 617, assisting Lloyd Johnson as he was critically injured in the Selway Wilderness near Mink Peak, Idaho. The rescue was delayed until the following morning due to adverse weather conditions and
  • Consider the turtle

    I read a short story about the turtle by Jerry Hayner. He discussed the poor reputation of the turtle. How many of us know of a story with a turtle as the hero? Yes, I know the story of the race between the turtle and the hare. In this story the attention is mainly on the failure of the hare rather than the "speed" of the turtle. Usually the turtle
  • The Enlisted Perspective: Air Force Families

    Some lasting memories I will always cherish from my Air Force career are the tarmac reunions of loved ones and our returning Airmen warriors. Witnessing spouses, parents and children with tears of joy running down their cheeks simply leaves one speechless and reminds us what is truly important in life. Those who sit on the other side of the dining
  • Much more than time

    Volunteering is not new to me. Beginning in middle school, I was constantly involved in programs that encouraged students to reach out into the community. Soup kitchens, food drives, auctions, holiday gatherings for children, yard work, meal deliveries, and the list goes on. Though, each time there was something special that made me take a step
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