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Default Air Force Logo Deployed Christmas wishes and a time for thanks
It's 5:30 a.m. on a Christmas morning and I'm waiting for a flight that will take me through Afghanistan and then over to my deployed location in Southwest Asia. I can't help but think, "Is this a great way to spend Christmas?" My answer to myself is simple -- "It depends." I say it depends because it all in the eye of the beholder. For me, being
0 12/24
2009
Col. Kevin J. Kilb, 62nd Airlift Wing commander Thank those who 'generate' you this holiday
Recently, I heard our Eighteenth Air Force Commander, Lt. Gen. Allardice verbalize an insight to our Airman culture in such a meaningful way that I'm compelled to share it with you. I do this with the hope it will inspire you in the same way it has inspired me. The metaphor is based on our recognition that Airmen "generate" aircraft and Airmen
0 12/22
2009
This photo was taken sometime in 1970, about a year before my father died in a car accident. This was the last time we had a "formal" family photo taken as children. The changes his death wrought included the exclusion of family photos. Neither money nor my mother's work schedule allowed for another family photo. Years later, as young adults, my sisters and brother and I surprised our mother with a current family photo. I'm in the middle, approximately 4 years old. (Courtesy photo) The final nail in the coffin, literally
Irony abounds -- in the midst of celebrating the Year of the Air Force Family (here at our joint base its the Year of the Military Family), we started off the fiscal year with a sharp spike in vehicle-related fatalities. A sad note on so many levels ...This trend, which is being widely addressed, has inspired me to share the below personal story.
0 11/25
2009
Default Air Force Logo Military family memories pressed together in a dining room table
Its biggest job of the year is to hold the holiday meals that will be placed on it. The 2009 holiday season brings with it the first test of my craftsmanship in constructing something for our dining experience -- our family dining room table.I recently finished building this table from bits and pieces of wood I've had hanging around the house
0 11/24
2009
Default Air Force Logo Where others have gone before
I stared at the rain streaming down the outside of my dormitory window at the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center campus on Nov. 11. It was barely getting to be light outside as the early morning stirrings of all of us in the Combat Airman Skills Training Course were getting ready for another long day of training. This day, which also happens to be
0 11/11
2009
Ch. Lt. Col. Mike Lovett Inspecting our integrity, embracing higher standards
During my last deployment, I watched as one of our chief master sergeants performed an inspection of the security forces morning guard mount. As I watched him move from Airman to Airman, I was reminded that the rite of inspecting the troops is a very old military ceremony. This ancient ceremony has particular importance to Airmen because it speaks
0 10/19
2009
Master Sgt. Mike Sanders runs for the finish line during the U.S. Air Force Half Marathon at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Sept. 19.  Sergeant Sanders ran the event one year and eight months after beating cancer.  His running partner was Second Lt. Evan McNichols (not pictured), who was one of Sergeant Sanders' students when he served as an instructor with the University of Portland's Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program. (Photo courtesy Master Sgt. Mike Sanders.) In his own words: Wingman helps cancer survivor meet Air Force Half Marathon goal
A day may come and a day may go, but in each day a memory can be made. For me, the days leading up to the U.S. Air Force Half-Marathon were a mixture of both. Some were relaxing and some were stressful ... each having moments of joy and anxiety. The best part was that on one of those days a fellow Airman decided to be my wingman. Second Lt. Evan
0 10/19
2009
Default Air Force Logo Why are we here?
I would like for each of you, on Sept. 11 and the days that follow, to consider three questions or more appropriately one question three times. Why are we here? Why are we here? We are here to remember those who lost their lives eight years ago today on Sept. 11, 2001, and those who continue to do so today combating terrorism around the world. We
0 9/11
2009
A color guard leads a parade for Independence Day festivities in Wakefield, Mich., on July 4, 2009.  (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol) Living among patriots
Every place I live I try to make sure I have an American flag, with no rips or tears, properly displayed in the front of my home. It's not because I'm overly patriotic, it's because I'm so thankful that I live in the United States and that I have the privilege of serving as an Air Force Airman. The flag in front of my home will fly on Sept. 11 --
0 9/09
2009
Three veterans of the Doolittle Raid over Tokyo, Japan, of April 18, 1942, visited Air Mobility RODEO 2009 at McChord Air Force Base, Wash., July 22, 2009.  They include, from left, retired Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, retired Maj. Thomas C. Griffin, and retired Lt. Col. Edward J. Saylor. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol) A lifetime history lesson in a day
Rarely in the career of an Airman can you learn so much about Air Force history in such a short time. For me, it fell into one day. That day, July 22, happened when I went to Air Mobility RODEO 2009 at McChord AFB, Wash. My job was to work my public affairs role in highlighting the competition. On that day, I had a day that historically enriching
0 8/25
2009
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