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  • Optimist or Pessimist?

    How many people do you know who are pessimists? To many people, looking at the negative is so much easier than looking at the positive. For some the good in our world is hard to see. There is much in our world to give a person reason to be a pessimist. Here are some words from John R. Gunn: "With so much war and carnage and death and destruction
  • Create results through action with CFC

    Most people have a philanthropic soft spot, a surge of concern for a particular topic, problem, group of people, etc. Mine is for people suffering in third-world or warring countries. Children who are impoverished from birth with little hope of opportunity ... Single mothers in war-torn countries with no hope for change ... Refugees with no home.
  • Top Priority: Our People

    I would first like to say that I am humbled to be the commander of the awesome men and women at the 92nd Air Refueling Wing. Over the next few weeks, I would like to share some insight into my priorities for the wing: People, Mission, Family and Community - including Smart Operations and Safety. My first priority is you. As you know, the mission
  • Don’t take the shortcut to life

    Life is a marathon race and sometimes the going can get tough. We sometimes want to take a shortcut through life's difficulties. This is illustrated in the life of the man whose farm was failing, his wife needed surgery and his bills were all past due. His credit wasn't strong enough for a loan so he decided to take a shortcut. He decided to rob a
  • Patriots for a lifetime

    In preparation for the Sept. 11 Patriot's Day Parade in Spokane, I found myself marching on the lot across from the White House. The sun blazed down on the backs of the flight in formation, the heat permeated our uniforms and our skin became moist with perspiration. Falling into the steps with ease, as though I had been marching since birth, I let
  • AMC commander’s greeting

    To the Men and Women of Air Mobility Command: As we return to AMC, my wife, Chris, and I are humbled and honored to serve beside the professional and dedicated mobility warriors who make our nation's Global Reach a reality. As your new commander, I look forward to serving with you as we carry forward the enduring legacy of our command. Right up
  • Air Force 60th Anniversary a time to celebrate

    We're about to celebrate a very important birthday. On Sept. 18, the United States Air Force will celebrate its 60th anniversary. The Department of Defense and the Air Force were created on the same day as a result of the National Security Act of 1947. Before that, the Air Force was part of the United States Army and was known by many different
  • Turn knowledge into wisdom

    Our human fabric is woven with the desire to learn and understand. Our minds set us apart from animals ... We analyze, discuss, theorize, conceptualize and debate everything from religion to science. We build schools, institutes and universities where teachers and professors can teach us about the world and life. The pursuit of knowledge has become
  • Glorifying God, Honoring Airmen, Serving All

    The vision statement of the U.S. Air Force Chaplain Service is expressed in six simple words, characterized by three short phrases: Glorifying God, Honoring Airmen, Serving All. One can appreciate the brevity and depth of these few words. "Glorifying God" speaks of the free exercise of religion as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the
  • Air Force Ball: Food, fellowship, celebration

    Fairchild's Air Force Ball is scheduled for Sept. 8 and I want to encourage everyone to come out and participate in this great event. The Ball isn't just for wing leadership and senior enlisted folks - it is for everyone. This is a chance to come together and celebrate our proud heritage, commemorating the 60th anniversary of our Air Force and our
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