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  • 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
  • Driving drowsy: Just not smart

    After a long day at work, you are too excited to wait an additional day before starting your trip to go see your family. It's your leave, so why should you waste a day sitting at home? You load up the car, fill up with gas and hit the road; the drive's only a few hours. The drive begins as planned - you make it to the highway, bring your car up to
  • Outstanding choices

    How many times have you heard that the Air Force wants to foster a culture of responsible choices? Quite a few, I'm sure. What, exactly, does this mean? Making the responsible choice means doing the right thing at the right time. For example, you might be out with friends one weekend. Just about everyone is drinking. Making the responsible choice