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  • Stay the Course

    In his book A World Lit Only by Fire, William Manchester relates the story of Ferdinand Magellan's circumnavigation of the globe, which includes a surprise ending. On Sept. 20, 1519, five ships carrying 270 men left Spain in hopes of finding a westward route to the Spice Islands of Indonesia. Their leader, Ferdinand Magellan, would be the first
  • Time to be thankful

    It's that time again. Time to loosen up the belt, eat until your stomach hurts or until the tryptophan from the turkey kicks in and you sneak away to take a nap on the couch. The last Thursday in November was established as the annual national Thanksgiving in 1863 during the Civil War by President Abraham Lincoln, but was changed during the Great
  • Drive safe on base, please

    It seems like driving is becoming a big concern these days, in general and with the winter months approaching. One thing that we all need to keep in mind, whether the weather is fine or dire, is to continue to follow the rules. The speed limits and regulations for driving on base are put into place for a reason. Excessive speeds, drinking and
  • 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