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  • Give a 'shout out' to the willing unknowns

    As Air Expeditionary Force 5/6 draws to a close, I find it necessary to give a big "Shout Out" to the "Willing Unknowns." Noted minister and author, Chuck Swindoll, refers to the people who do the small things that make the greater whole successful as the willing unknowns. Most of these people don't get recognized, don't win awards, don't get their
  • Do your best, "Deserve Victory"

    Sir Winston Churchill will always be remembered as a great leader and a prominent statesman during World War II. In my eyes he will also be remembered for coining the phrase "Deserve Victory" and infusing it into the collective consciousness of the British Empire during WWII. You may have seen the poster of him pointing his finger straight ahead
  • Who says elephants can't dance?

    Within our Air Force family, we often hear and talk about the culture of the Air Force. If you ask people what comes to mind when they think about the Air Force, they would say airplanes, fighter pilots, technology freaks, regimental, conservative, reliable, professional, etc. It's funny that many of those attributes refer not to what Airmen do,
  • What's in it for me?

    Many of you are sitting here at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing wondering, "Why am I here? What's in it for me?" Well, these are fair questions, but perhaps a little enlightenment on our situation will help you see the big picture and feel a sense of worth. I think the first question is an easy one. You are here because you volunteered to serve
  • We fight for all four corners

    I recently read an article from a local newspaper where my family lives in Gig Harbor, Wash. It describes the activities on a busy intersection where on one corner stand members from Women In Black, on another corner the "We Support Our Troops" crowd, across from them is a lone figure with his "POW/MIA" flags and posters, and on the fourth corner
  • Don't be an AF 8-track: Learn something new every day

    We've all got to keep learning and growing every day. Where would the Air Force be if Airmen wouldn't or couldn't learn new things? Let's take a look back to see how life in the Air Force has changed (relatively) recently. My example is now a 30-year chief master sergeant... let's call him Moses... when Airman Moses first enlisted in the Air Force
  • Invest in yourself: The desert is a wonderful place for change

    Part of the wing's mission statement is to make Airmen better while deployed. From my perspective there are two facets to that goal. First, it implies that leadership will invest on a professional basis in those who serve here away from home. Also, as we each share our home station practices with one another, we can combine them as we complete the
  • Aeromedical evacuation a Total Force operation saving lives every day

    Total Force. We are all familiar with the term. In these days of expanding missions and limited dollars, the United States military has moved the "one team, one fight" idea from concept to reality. The United States Air Force has led the way--from Panama to Desert Storm, to Somalia, to the Balkans, and beyond. Our Air Force has faced the challenges
  • There I was...reflections from a troubled mission

    Like most pilot stories this one begins with "There I Was"... There I was--at 30,000 feet in my T-38 staring straight into a towering black cloud and wishing I was somewhere else... Two hours earlier, I was psyched for my first T-38 cross-country mission. I was well rested, well prepared, and excited about flying from Arizona to Texas. Sure there