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  • A spirit of giving

    Someone has said there are three kinds of givers -- the flint, the sponge and the honeycomb. To get anything out of a flint you must hammer it, and then you get only chips and sparks. To get water out of a sponge you must squeeze it, and the more you use pressure, the more you will get. But the honeycomb just overflows with its own sweetness. This
  • Holiday message from AMC/CC

    As we celebrate this holiday season, Chris and I extend our very best wishes to the Air Mobility Command family. We are extremely proud of the dedication to service before self you so clearly display as you accomplish our nation's global air mobility mission. Because of you, the United States has the unprecedented ability to simultaneously confront
  • Carry on

    I like modern technology, but I haven't adapted all that well in some areas. I wear glasses, bi-focals to be exact, and the combination of bi-focals and computer screens has resulted in chronic neck pain. Frequent typing on the computer has led to carpel tunnel syndrome. I've found that repetitive motions can often lead to chronic, painful
  • Make a difference this holiday season

    Thank you for the difference you make every day, defending the United States of America and promoting our interests and ideals around the world. As the holiday season approaches, we encourage you to make a special effort to make a difference in the lives of those immediately around you. Many of you will travel to your hometowns across the country.
  • Drinking and Driving: It's just not worth it!

    The holidays are finally here, and we all know what that means - holiday parties and some time to let loose, relax and party with family and friends. With this in mind, while everyone condones having a good time, ensure that you have a plan so you don't end up in the new "airman to civilian" program. We all know the program. It takes a bright,
  • A holiday season reminder

    Here at home base, the holiday season is a time of celebration, giving thanks, family gatherings and anticipation of a visit by that jolly ole elf. Even at our many deployed locations, we have dedicated groups such as chaplains, first sergeants and services professionals, who will do everything possible to bring good cheer and celebration. But amid
  • 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