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Default Air Force Logo Gen. North sees similarities between today's military, revolutionary soldiers
This week we will be celebrating America’s 230th year as an independent nation. As we remember the past and honor those Soldiers who fought for our freedom, I often wonder what the common soldier thought when he heard that Congress had declared independence. The thought that comes to my mind, and many historians, is those soldiers must have
0 6/29
2006
Default Air Force Logo Lessons learned from exercises
Last week, the 77 Fighter Squadron and Aircraft Maintenance Unit completed a long set of exercises helping hone skills needed for combat and to prepare for Air Expeditionary Force 3 and 4 tasking. In roughly two months, we successfully deployed to Southwest Asia, Hill Air Force Base and Canada. We clearly demonstrated our ability to project combat
0 6/15
2006
Default Air Force Logo Obesity affects military -- Take action to prevent 'growing' problem
It was just two months ago when I sat in my friend’s living room sharing pictures from her past. It was her high school year book, 1967, and something very striking caught my eye, “Wow, I exclaimed, all of you were skinny!” My friend laughed, and staring at the picture responded, “You are right, I had not thought or noticed it.” Not one adolescent
0 6/02
2006
Default Air Force Logo Building a combat mindset
The Air Force’s role as we knew it a decade ago has drastically changed. The tragic events of Sept.11 pushed our nation to combat terrorism at home and abroad. At the same time, the U.S. military services have experienced downsizing. The Air Force has found itself tasked to greater extent with members being exposed closer to combat since the
0 5/19
2006
Default Air Force Logo Airman finds stength in dying boy
I’ll be the first to admit, there are days when I awake and do not want to go to work. The reasons or excuses are many; I feel unappreciated, I work 12-14 hour work days, I’m tired, I don’t get paid enough, blah, blah, blah, but I get up and perform because it is my duty, people count on me and I love what I do. I enjoy the people I work with and
0 5/12
2006
Default Air Force Logo Integrity: more than just core value
While doing a job, have you ever asked yourself, “Why not just skip these steps? They are not that important. Besides, it would help me finish more quickly.” We’ve all asked that question. There’s nothing wrong with the question. The problem lies in the answer. Because integrity is such a powerful word, retired Gen. Ronald Fogleman, former Air
0 5/05
2006
Default Air Force Logo Like parent, like child
As a little league coach, I see all kinds of personalities from different players — from shy, calm, tense and natural leaders. A lot of these traits are learned from their parents. Unfortunately, they also learn poor sportsmanship from their parents. One of the boys on my team, whom we will call Billy, is good at blaming other players, coaches and
0 5/02
2006
Default Air Force Logo A pride that sustains
Over the past several years, the men and women of the active-duty and reserve components of all branches of the military have been packing up and deploying to support operations throughout the world. They have been joined by civilian members of the Defense Department and other agencies as well as civilian contractors. They have left home, family
0 4/12
2006
Default Air Force Logo Force shaping, one lieutenant's morale
Balance the officer and enlisted corps. That is the current need of the Air Force. I've been told from day one, the “needs of the Air Force” come first.What happens when those needs mean the loss of my job -- and not just my job, but a career of integrity, service and excellence? I vowed to protect the Constitution. To continue what my father and
0 1/30
2006
Default Air Force Logo ‘Four years, I'm out’
I am willing to bet every Airman has heard these words at least once in their career: “Four years, and I’m out.”Maybe it’s an off-hand remark at the end of a frustrating week or after a long, thoughtful gaze at the inviting green grass on the other side. Either way, most of us have considered it.Somewhere along the way a change occurs. Whether the
0 1/30
2006
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