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  • Every Airman enables global fight

    Every week I welcome back another group of Airmen as they return to Fairchild from locations around the world where they executed combat missions, facilitated partnership building and enabled training missions in support of our national objectives. Then, in the span of only a few hours, I turn around and bid farewell to another group of Airmen departing to conduct the very same missions.
  • February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

    In the movie “Hacksaw Ridge,” the main character, Desmond Doss, is on a date with his new girlfriend. Their interaction in the movie theater is awkward and much like any first date. After a few moments, she jokingly infers that he needs to brush up on his dating skills. It may sound silly, but how realistic was that request?We all have our own
  • Mumps and You

    Mumps is a contagious viral infection that can cause pain and swelling in the salivary glands.Mumps is spread through the saliva or mucus from an infected person and is transmitted to another by coughing, sneezing or talking and sharing items, such as cups or eating utensils.The most common symptoms of mumps include fever, headache, loss of
  • The new Electronic Health Record … what does it mean to me?

    MHS GENESIS will integrate inpatient and outpatient systems and will connect medical and dental information across the continuum of care. It will better connect us to our downtown civilian healthcare partners, which will improve the secure sharing of your healthcare information between your medical providers. Furthermore, it will improve our ability to monitor patient safety, outcomes and population health data.
  • Earn your chocolate cake

    We had just been stationed at Lackland Air Force Base where I started teaching technical training school. We moved into a house on base, we met our neighbors and I started working … a lot! As I continued to work and be oblivious to the entire situation, Denise took action. My wife has a green thumb; she loves and has a passion for all things growing out of dirt. She decided that when she mowed, weeded, watered and planted flowers at our house … she would just do the same for our neighbor. This wasn’t once; it was ...
  • One man's story of living with an abuser

    Janet Bunn, 92nd Medical Group domestic abuse victim advocate, relates the true story of a male victim of domestic violence, how abuse against men goes largely unnoticed and dotes on the common misconceptions about male abuse victims.
  • Are you missing your chance to make history?

    You may not know this, but Christopher Columbus almost sailed right past his chance to make the history books in his 1492 landing in the “New World.” Had his ship sailed yet one day longer without sighting land, they would have turned around and headed back to Spain on the 12th of October.
  • Thank you Team Fairchild and Spokane Area

    As I prepare to relinquish command of this exceptional wing next week, I just wanted to pass on my thanks. See, this has been one heck of a ride and I could not be more honored having served with you all. This wing has proven that it is ready for the fight and will serve with all of its might. You are all true professionals that are dedicated to the J.O.B.
  • Nurse Advice Line in place to help

    It’s 4 p.m. on a Monday afternoon and you’ve hurt your back carrying a bag of groceries up the stairs. Or it’s Sunday morning and your child wakes up with a fever and a sore throat. More often than not, medical concerns seemingly arise out of nowhere. When it’s after normal clinic hours, what is the best option for medical care? Walk-in clinics, Urgent Care Clinics and Emergency Departments all provide after-hours care, but understanding the differences in levels of care, and the costs that can be incurred, can be overwhelming.
  • Mission first, people always

    “Mission first, people always.” This saying, or some variation of it, is common throughout the Air Force as a direction for good leadership. I admit, as a young NCO I often scoffed at it. I tend to look at things mathematically. If I’m going to dedicate myself 100 percent to the mission, how can I always do what’s right for my people and their families 100 percent of the time? The answer is, of course, you can’t, but as I have progressed through my career I have gained a progressively better understanding of this phrase and how to apply it.