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  • 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
  • Make R and R your two favorite letters

    High on our priority list are our Air Force responsibilities, whether it's maintaining and repairing aircraft, preparing meals, guarding the gate...or writing stories. In order to succeed, we must be dedicated to the task at hand and handle ourselves in a professional manner at all times. Right? For the most part, yes. But in order to maintain
  • It’s never to early to think about Christmas

    Christmas in July. What may sound like a party theme could really be an early thought on how to save loads of stress during the holiday season. Last Christmas, like many before, I waited until the last minute to find the perfect presents for a sister, mother, father, grandparents, friends... The list went on and on. I came across a big issue that
  • AMC commander’s Fourth of July safety message

    To my fellow Airmen celebrating this July Fourth holiday around the globe, thank you for your sacrifice. Two hundred and thirty-one years ago, brave patriots very much like you created our nation ... the land of the free. As you proudly wear those broad stripes and bright stars on your uniforms, you serve as a beacon of hope to those in need and a
  • Little Brown Book still shows enlisted path

    Over the years we have seen many changes in the enlisted force. We have gone from over a million strong to an agile smaller force, able to deploy anywhere, anytime. Even with the total force structure changes that have occurred, one thing has remained relatively the same - the enlisted force structure. AFI 36-2618, The Enlisted Force Structure, or
  • Safe and sensible

    Safety is always an issue. Safety is the surrogate mother that stops people in their tracks just when they're about to do something risky. "You'll shoot your eye out ... Let your food digest before you do that ... Don't go barefoot ... Watch out for poisonous spiders." These are the warnings we have all heard, or at least I have, a dozen times.
  • 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