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  • Two-wheeled safety

    With warm weather fast approaching many will soon opt for two-wheeled transportation. Although motorcycles are exciting and save money at the gas pump, riders need to keep a few key points in mind. First of all, remember that it's been upwards of four months since you've straddled your motorcycle. Before you turn the key, spend an evening reviewing
  • Letter from the Chief

    This will be the first weekly column I will be writing for our on-line paper, and I want to thank both the Public Affairs staff and Col. Thomas Sharpy, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander, for giving me this opportunity to communicate with you. They say that first impressions are everything, and I have to tell you I have been overwhelmed with what I
  • Put people first through AFSO 21

    I hold strong to the "people first" adage. We've all heard it: Take care of your people and the mission will happen, even flourish. Take care of your unit's family members and they will be there to take care of the servicemember, and therefore the unit. During these years of decreased manning and increased global responsibility, that adage may be a
  • Wingmen for life

    One of my top three priorities is developing our Airmen and taking care of them and their families. It's a notion that's deeply rooted in our Air Force culture and heritage. "Taking care of Airmen" means more than just providing them with the training, equipment and quality of life they deserve. It also calls for providing leadership they can trust
  • Priorities – Key to mission accomplishment

    I am proud to join you here as the incoming Air Refueling Wing commander. I will do my best to give you my full commitment as we continue engaging in the Global War on Terrorism. Throughout my tenure here, this wing's priorities will key on people, mission, family, community, Smart Operations and safety. As you know, people are the Air Force's most
  • Commander’s commentary: Thank you for the warm welcome

    Let me start out by saying it again ... Wow! My family and I have been overwhelmed by the tremendous reception that we have received since our arrival. We have been impressed with the pristine condition of the facilities and landscape of this awesome installation. Even more impressive has been the professional and extremely friendly men and women
  • Memorial Day: Please remember

    A substantially significant holiday is upon us. On this last Monday in May, fly your flags with great pride, bow your heads in reverence, share stories of those you remember and adorn the graves of the fallen with the most beautiful décor. Remember that this day is not just a day off, a chance to start up the grill or an excuse to picnic at the
  • Responsible choices critical as summer nears

    As summer nears and the weather continues to warm up, there will be ample opportunities to get outside and enjoy the great Inland Northwest. It is critical that we make responsible decisions and stay safe as we take advantage of all the Spokane area has to offer. Culture of Responsible Choices I would like to take this opportunity to highlight the
  • Transitioning to a new era

    The March 30 edition of the Fairchild Connection marks the last print edition of our base newspaper. Since the beginning of the year, we have migrated news and information onto our public Web site - coined The e-Connection. We are at the cutting edge of a sweeping Air Force-wide initiative to revolutionize news delivery. Our Web site is now the
  • Roll Call: Keeping Airmen in the know

    The Air Force initiated the Roll Call program late last year to encourage and enhance communication between supervisors and Airmen. Information flows incredibly fast these days and it seems electronics have often replaced face-to-face communication. While we have good information sources on e-mail and various Air Force Web sites - including our own