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  • 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
  • We came, We saw, We conquered

    Awesome. Absolutely awesome. Words can not express how proud I am of all every Team Fairchild warrior! The wing has overcome significant hurdles over the past 8 weeks from inspections to an exercise. Like Professional Expeditionary Airmen, you rose to the occasion and achieved exceptional results. So, I would like to take this time to recognize
  • It's time to share the baton

    When it comes to training, the Air Force does it right. Extensive technical school and officer preparation courses, immediate on-the-job training requirements, and constant training upgrades in a well-rounded breadth of job and leadership areas consistently meld our military into a skilled and ever-improving force. With the looming manning
  • Greatness: An achievable goal

    I'm an early baby-boomer; baby boomers were born between 1946 and 1964. For that reason, I'm more familiar with the adjective "great" which often described noble men and women from many walks of life. I'm not sure what the most popular adjective is these days. Awesome? Phenomenal? Greatness can refer to authority, reputation, size, even