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Default Air Force Logo 10 helpful tips for long, successful Air Force career
A few years ago, I read an article written for an Air Force base paper in England. It was written by captain on the Area Defense Counsel. In it, he discussed -- from his experiences -- the top ten things an Airman could do to stay out of trouble. I've had the opportunity to command five different units and have found that advice to be spot on. I
0 4/18
2008
Default Air Force Logo Earn This
In the summer of 1998, there was a lot of discussion in the media about the opening 10 minutes of the film "Saving Private Ryan" and how traumatic it might be for our greatest generation, those who actually stormed the beaches at Normandy and lived to tell us their tales. As I sat in a very cold theater in the Pentagon City Mall in the midst of a
0 4/16
2008
Default Air Force Logo Building resilience, options for improved psychological health key to preserving most precious resource: People
With the number of warriors returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and recent college shootings, community resiliency and mental health has become a national conversation. It's amazing how family and community networks come together and help each other. This network of community resources, including healthcare providers, school counselors, chaplains
0 3/27
2008
Default Air Force Logo Are you ready?
Seriously, are you ready? The Air Force of today is significantly different than the Air Force I joined 18 years ago. I can't imagine how different it is for our Senior Leaders. Part of that difference is that we are a more expeditionary force, a more fit force and a more intelligent force. Today I will focus on the expeditionary aspect. So back to
0 3/20
2008
SOUTHWEST ASIA -- A 737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron crew out of Pope Air Force Base, N.C. flew a medevac mission Jan. 31, 2008 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom which helped save the life of a 13-month-old Iraqi boy injured by an improvised explosive device attack in southern Iraq which claimed the lives of both his parents. The aircrew, (top row left to right) Capt. Jeff Noble, aircraft commander, Capt. Neil Hoy, co-pilot, Capt. Nathan Preuss, navigator, and (bottom row left to right) Senior Master Sgt. J.R. Miller, engineer, Senior Airman Chase Cantrell and Airman 1st Class Ross Hagen, loadmasters, recently returned home from their deployment to a Southwest Asia air base in support of the Global War on Terror. Their mission while deployed was to transport cargo and passengers throughout the deployed theater. (Courtesy photo) A Ride To Remember
The back end of a mighty C-130 Hercules at any altitude has never been considered a comfortable place. During flight, a steady vibration shakes all aboard; the passengers, who are rarely afforded knee or elbow room, wear earplugs to help block out the hum of the propellers which continuously cut through the air like a hot knife through butter.
0 3/20
2008
1st Lt. Rachel Phillips Flexibility really is the key to airpower
It's Friday afternoon, and all seems quiet around Charleston AFB. A staff sergeant is in the protocol office planning her weekend. The phone rings and it's the command post, and they're telling her a distinguished visitor is on board a C-21 set to arrive on base in 30 minutes. She has the distinguished visitor's full name and rank, but that is it.
0 3/10
2008
Default Air Force Logo First sergeant thanks you for serving
When I enlisted in 1983, the world was a very different place. Russia was our enemy, the one computer our unit had was large enough to fill an entire room and Michael Jackson's "Thriller" created a new form of entertainment called the music video. "Back in the day," many of us joined the Air Force to travel, earn money for college or simply to get
0 3/06
2008
Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Rodney J. McKinley is scheduled to visit Dover Air Force Base Feb. 11 and 12. During his visit, the chief will tour a few Dover centers of excellence and help present the Maintenance Group Annual and Professional Performers of the Year Awards. Additionally, an enlisted call is scheduled on his behalf. (Courtesy photo) Message to our enlisted force
Wow! That's the first word that comes to mind when I reflect on my first few months as the 436th Airlift Wing command chief. My wife Terri and our family are so honored to be a part of this winning team. During our time here, we've been simply amazed by the amount of buzz generated by Team Dover. Your daily contributions in defense of our great
0 2/07
2008
Default Air Force Logo Leadership from the 'heart'
I was sitting in the front row of the auditorium in my son Jackson's school waiting for the spelling bee to start. I was anxious to see how Jackson would do amongst the best spellers in school. Once it started, he was the fifth person they called. His word was, "intermediate." He replies, "Intermediate, i-n-t-e-r-m-e-d-i-a-t-e,
0 2/06
2008
Default Air Force Logo The essentials: Personal integrity
I am my own responsibility. That's a simple statement. Is it true for you? I've been considering the comments made in a recent discussion during the chaplain's regular Public Affairs visit regarding the conflict between the wingman concept and personal integrity. Both are necessary, I decided, but where would one be without the other? One should
0 1/22
2008
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