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  • Making the Days Count

    Many of us have heard the old saying on deployments "Don't count the days, make the days count." So what does this really mean? In September of last year the Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Norton Schwartz, signed a policy letter changing the AEF baseline for the active duty component from 120 days to 179 days. For the vast majority of the Air Force
  • 3-43 ADA shines at Airfest 2010

    The sun was shining as always in Southwest Asia as the 3rd Battalion; 43rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment partnered with the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing for the second time this year to participate in Airfest 2010. This one day event spotlights each of the airbase's tenant unit's most fascinating pieces of equipment. With live musical
  • Taking Care of Business and Each Other this Holiday Season

    As the weather back home gets colder and holiday decorations announce the arrival of the traditional holiday season, it's important to pause and reflect, to take stock of who we are and what we do as Airmen. Service before self, one of our most important Air Force core values, is an attribute we live day-in and day-out, especially while forward
  • The story behind the Poppies

    The Poppy was adopted as a symbol of remembrance in 1918 as a result of the inspirational poem on Flanders field written in 1915, anonymously but since credited to John McCrae. Of interest it was while in New York that the person accredited with the adoption of the Poppy as a national Symbol, Moina Michael, heard the poem which was very popular in
  • Hispanic or Latino: What’s in a name?”

    From Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, the United States will once again celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. In 1968, Hispanic Heritage Week originated as a result of public law to promote educational awareness. From that humble beginning, the celebration blossomed into month-long ceremonies and activities that recognize the accomplishments of Hispanics and
  • What I've learned

    In the words of one of the four expeditionary group commanders at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, the commanders were "issued friends" when they got here. That's why, for the four of them and, really, for the rest of the base, it's great they like each other. Though their jobs and personalities are distinctly different, Colonels John Kubinec
  • What is communication?

    Communication has evolved from the early days of humankind with grunts and 'oogas' to tweets and emails. Today "communication" evokes images of twitter feeds, web posts, blogs and emails. But communicating is more than just throwing a bunch of words onto a blog or email...it more about imparting useful information that evokes some action or
  • What will your ‘take aways’ be?

    How many of you have deployed before? What was your biggest challenge during your previous deployments? What is your biggest challenge during this one? Have you thought about what your "take aways" are going to be when you depart? I have been blessed to be in the greatest Air Force in the world for 25 ½ years, and I have to admit, this is my first
  • Find a cause and commit to it

    In his "Speech at the Great March on Detroit" on June 23, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "There are some things so dear, some things so precious, some things so eternally true, that they are worth dying for. And I submit to you that if a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live." When Doctor King gave that
  • Ripples in a big pond

    I have the distinct honor of commanding the 746th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, the only complete Reserve unit on base. As a 13-year member and current commander of our home unit, the 357th Airlift Squadron, 908th Airlift Wing, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., I believe I know my unit members very well. The relationships I share with my fellow