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Default Air Force Logo Colonel Friend, General Abrams, and an M60A1
The hot war in Vietnam was winding down in Southeast Asia and I really had not planned to go into the military.  Nevertheless, instead of being drafted, I enlisted.  After nearly three years in the Reserves, I volunteered to go to West Germany on active duty.  It was the height of the Cold War and the Army assigned me to a tank battalion, the 3rd
0 10/06
2014
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton) The beauty of unity
What do cheeseburgers, musical groups, sports teams and the United States of America have in common?If you said "the letter 's,' you're right, but that's not the answer I'm looking for. The real answer is that one factor ties all of them together - unity.How many of you want to eat a plain hamburger patty, listen to an hour-long bass guitar solo or
0 10/03
2014
Default Air Force Logo There I Was...Armed with a cell phone loaded with numbers
So there I was, receiving the phone call confirming that I was selected for a short notice deployment tasking. I was going to serve as the first sergeant for the 780th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron in Mihail Kogalniceanu, Romania. It's a small city in south-east Romania near the Black Sea. My report no later than date was Jan. 15, 2014. The
0 9/24
2014
Lt. Col. Nathan E. Schalles Are you part of the solution?
As our Air Force, military, and nation make the transition from continuous armed conflict to a time of reduced ops tempo, shrinking budgets, and reduced manpower it is clear that the environment we have become accustomed to is rapidly changing. Many of our senior leaders have challenged us to adapt to this change in various ways such as saving
0 9/24
2014
A popular morale patch crafted from the four-letter note a boy named Gavin sent on a holiday card - "Hope you make it." The boy's note continues to amuse and inspire many deployed members at Forward Operating Base Oqab, Kabul, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Mike Hammond) Thanking Gavin: Boy's holiday card amuses, inspires deployed troops
The card posted on the wall consisted of just four short words and the owner's name. It read, "Hope you make it - Gavin." This simple message from a grade school holiday card at the entry to the dining facility on our small Forward Operating Base in Kabul, Afghanistan, brought no small amount of joy and quite a bit of laughter to all who saw it.
0 9/17
2014
Default Air Force Logo Look past 1947 for Air Force roots
The Air Force officially turns 67 this month, but my uncle Gino thinks it's older.He's 90, and the lone surviving brother of my father. Both of them served in World War II, as did two of their siblings. My father was in the Navy, as was his eldest brother, Europeo (his real name, I swear). Gino and my late uncle Dario were both aircraft mechanics
0 9/16
2014
Default Air Force Logo It is my honor and privilege
How do you respond when someone says thank you? Do you smile and nod your head? Do you say, "No problem."? How about, "I am just doing my job." Perhaps a thank you catches you off guard and you fail to provide a response at all? I understand all of these reactions. It is easy to feel embarrassed by someone thanking you, especially when it is
0 9/15
2014
Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Justin Walker 60th Security Forces Squadron Manager Learn to adapt, overcome before becoming extinct
While working in a joint assignment, an old U.S. Army lieutenant colonel whom I worked with was less than familiar with basic computer functions, so I spent a lot of time helping him format Microsoft Word and Excel documents. He always asked me to "teach him how to fish," meaning he wanted me to show him. Sometimes this took more than once, but,
0 8/28
2014
Commentary by Lt. Col. Scott Lew 570th Global Mobility Readiness Squadron Embrace obstacles, enjoy career you have
If you're at all like me, then you're a planner. I try to have a plan for everything. I'm the guy who plans out his clothes the night before so he doesn't have to do it in the morning. I've already thought about the next vehicle we're going to buy even though we don't need one. Similarly, I even tried to plan out my career in the Air Force. If your
0 8/28
2014
Evalle as a young Airman entering the service. (Courtesy photo) Chief retires after 30 years
As a term to wish for someone's well-being at parting, "farewell" is very appropriate. For my bidding farewell to the Air Force, the term "farewell" feels incredibly less than satisfactory. I simply want to wish so much more for the men and women that will carry on and continue to serve our country in the United States Air Force. A wish for
0 8/21
2014
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