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  • 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
  • CCAF degree important career milestone

    I recently attended the Community College of the Air Force graduation and wanted to take a few minutes to relay the importance of reaching such a major milestone in your military careers and lives. Gaining a CCAF degree is more than a piece of paper; it's a significant accomplishment that reflects the priority you place on education in your life
  • Chaplain: 'It's all about endings and new beginnings'

    The 92nd Air Refueling Wing has experienced a great many leadership transitions since May. The change-of-command ceremony is the formal manner in which the Air Force acknowledges a change in leadership. The narrator of these ceremonies normally begins with an announcement to silence all pagers and cell phones to prevent unwanted interruptions
  • Education: Don’t quit, ever

    I recently completed another step in my life's path, and this step was a long stride. How long, you might ask? The answer is, almost 25 years in the making with stops at 14 assignments and more than two dozen deployments. So, what was the step? I had the honor of receiving my Master's degree in Leadership and Management from Webster University June
  • Eat your fruits and veggies

    Did you ever sit at the table hoping your trusty Labrador would beg for scraps, just so you could clear your plate and be released from the table? I did, sort of. Only, I didn't have a Labrador. No matter, I still didn't want to eat my veggies. Fruit, maybe. But veggies? No way. Just the thought of broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery and any
  • Take care of the irreplaceable pet

    I can remember when I was a little tyke; I would look up at my father with my big brown eyes and beg for a puppy. Even if he said no, giving up was not an option. I would then take my begging to my mother. "Mom, please let me get a puppy. I'll feed it and water it and love it and care for it and give it treats and teach it tricks ... Can I please?"
  • Say thank you to our veterans

    "I didn't know how important this was until now." These were the words spoken to me by a family member of a World War II Navy veteran following a short ceremony at the family home on the outskirts of Spokane Aug. 11. In September 1943, just shy of his 18th birthday, this veteran enlisted in the United States Navy and for the next three years sailed