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  • TEAMWORK: Gotta have it!

    "Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success."                                             - Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company  In many aspects, this quote can be applied to the military. Being in the military is all about teamwork. Every mission relies on it. The deployed environment is
  • Challenge yourself to be a better Airman

    hen you arrived here in the AOR and got off that plane, your first thought might have been centered on finding out when you would be able to go to sleep and where. Most of us who have been here a while or have been here before understand - it's normal. After a good night's sleep or two and a good orientation to the base and work center you probably
  • Southwest Asia air base acts as mobility hub for AOR

    "Global Reach" is one of the key capabilities the U.S. Air Force provides to Combatant Commanders. In the central command area of responsibility, this base provides the best example of the contributions mobility forces make to the fight. Every day, nearly 70 percent of the Air Tasking Order is comprised of mobility sorties. This location hosts
  • Celebrating multiculturalism helps defeat racial inequality

    Every February, our nation recognizes the achievements and contributions of African Americans. This year's theme, "Dr. Carter G. Woodson and the Origins of Multiculturalism," celebrates Dr. Woodson's successful efforts to acknowledge the contributions of African Americans. This month is about not only their history but also world history and
  • It really IS a great day to be an Airman

    Welcome Air Expeditionary Forces rotation one and two. I hope you're making your adjustment to Southwest Asia. Please keep in mind that you can make this deployment experience whatever you want it to be. Your four months can be a fun and lasting memory, or it can drag along if you don't get out of your rooms or offices and experience some of the
  • Remembering the past, looking toward the future

    We're excited about change here. We've nearly completed a successful AEF swap-out; all while sustaining combat and combat support operations across the theater. The base is full of newly arrived professionals determined to do their part in the ongoing struggle in this region. While we swap out our people, we've opened outstanding new facilities
  • Airmen accept challenges to achieve greatness

    The Soldier and statesman General Colin L. Powell wrote, "Organization doesn't really accomplish anything. Plans don't accomplish anything, either. Theories of management don't much matter. Endeavors succeed or fail because of the people involved. Only by attracting the best people will you accomplish great deeds." We've all heard it time and time
  • What makes our military so special?

    President Reagan liked to tell a story about what makes our military so special. In his first Presidential Inaugural Address, he described a young man named Martin Treptow, who joined the Army and left his small town in 1917 to go to France and fight during the First World War. Private Treptow was killed in combat delivering a message to his
  • The Global War on Terror is nothing new

    The philosopher and author George Santayana once wrote, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." As you know, we just celebrated Remembrance Day and Veteran's Day, and in another week, we'll have a remembrance ceremony for Pearl Harbor. With that in mind, let's remember that the Global War on Terror is nothing new to our
  • Handling the Holidays while away from home

    What comes to mind when you think about the holidays? Maybe thoughts of sugar plums don't immediately begin to dance in your head, but maybe images of turkey dinners do. For others, the holiday images may include spending extra time with friends or family or sitting around and watching football. It is certainly not easy to be a long way from home