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  • Eight Airmen from Dyess

    Sometimes a small daily anecdote helps to remind us that in our business, flexibility is the well known secret to our success, and that the Air Force truly personifies "One Team, One Fight." Nothing exemplifies this better than the outstanding performances on Jan. 12 of Staff Sgts. Ronald Farris and Richard Romano, Senior Airmen Neil Conn, Daryl
  • Never forget Andy

    On Oct. 10, 2001, Master Sgt. Evander Andrews, better known as "Andy" by his friends and co-workers, became the first American casualty in Operation Enduring Freedom. Sergeant Andrews was killed in a construction accident at the camp of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing at a different non-disclosed base in Southwest Asia. He left behind a loving
  • Make it count

    Not too far up the road from McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., arguably the most brilliant mind of the 20th century, Dr. Albert Einstein, taught as a professor at Princeton University. A small, but significant sign above his desk read:"Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be counted counts."I found that interesting
  • 'Scheduled Maintenance' in the New Year

    When I was young, I couldn't wait for Christmas; but I didn't have the same excitement about the New Year. As a kid, crossing into a new year in January meant I spent the first two weeks writing the wrong year on all my homework! Now don't get me wrong, I still enjoy everything about Christmas, but I've grown to appreciate the transition to a new
  • Their Story must be Told

    I have seen them all over the world, from supermarkets on the East Coast, beaches on the West Coast, airports in the Midwest and various countries around the world to the streets of Baghdad.They will fight for America, because they are her Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines. They are the faces of freedom. Every one of them raised their right
  • Precision Counts

    There I was...alongside my father mowing the yard, raking the leaves and trimming bushes outside our California house. Every weekend was spent working in the garage fixing the family vehicles, repairing the vacuum cleaner, putting touch-up paint on the side of the house, and again there was Dad. My thoughts were like every other kid in the
  • Holding A Place Among Their Equal

    One fateful September day eight years ago, I was summoned to the stateside mortuary to begin the task of preparing close to 200 remains of fellow military members and innocent civilians whose lives were taken in the Pentagon plane strike. This was a situation that would later beckon with meaning, the phrase "One team, one fight."Fareeq wahed katal
  • Don't think you are a leader? Think again.

    Leader. It is funny how a little six-letter word can be so important. Growing up in Detroit and then Concord, N.C., in the 1970s and 1980s, I never gave much thought to being a leader. In fact, the first time I ever really thought of myself as a leader was when I read my name in the newspaper during my senior year in high school, when the sports
  • Faster Than You Realize

    It's going to go by a lot faster than you realize. You will be sitting in the airport terminal not much longer from now, wondering how it was possible to be away from home for so long. Yet, at the same time, you will remember your arrival as if it were only yesterday. You had set goals for yourself, brought a can-do attitude, and showed up ready to
  • Flag Time

    As the proud mother of three amazing sons, I have been blessed on many occasions by the "honesty" only a small child can provide. The list of indescribable moments have been well documented; forever etched in my mind. Comments such as "Grandma, will you be a princess for Halloween because you are so pretty?" That remark earned my middle son