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TSgt. Amelia Leonard safely buckles her daughter into a 5-point harness car seat at Westover to show fellow wingmen the proper safety procedures to do so. (U.S. Air Force photo/ W.C. Pope) It’s not a parenting “style” – It’s knowledge
During the past five years, I’ve made several bloody trips to the emergency room. As the mom of three young kids, blood and tears just seem to come with the territory. My oldest is only five-years-old and has already gotten staples, stiches, and glue adhesives to close wounds on his head. I’m definitely not a, “helicopter mom.” However, when it
0 9/27
2016
Default Air Force Logo Political season do's and don't's for Reservists
With the presidential election upon us, everyone is encouraged to vote – including those in the military. “The Department of Defense has a longstanding policy of encouraging DoD personnel to carry out the obligations of citizenship,” according to DoD officials. However, civil servants and military members are held to a high standard and can’t
0 9/01
2016
Chief Master Sgt. Ericka Kelly, command chief master sergeant, Air Force Reserve Command Chief's View: Own Your Career; Own Your Path
I believe it is absolutely critical for you to know what I value as your chief and what we are doing at the headquarters to help our Airmen succeed. My job is to provide you the tools, training and support you need to have a successful Air Force career, but to do that, you need to be proactive and own your own path. I want to take this opportunity
0 5/25
2016
Default Air Force Logo Yellow Ribbon attendee cites value of conference
I recently attended a Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program conference held in Orlando, Fla., with my wife, DeAnne. This conference helped Airman who are deploying -- and their families – on how to manage life while the deployed member is gone.Since I work in Air Force public affairs, I’d already attended two of these events, but was with the group
0 3/11
2016
Default Air Force Logo The Wounds Within: a Veteran, a PTSD Therapist, and a Nation Unprepared
I wish the story didn’t sound so familiar. On June 22, 2004, Marine Lance Cpl. Jeff Lucey used a hose to hang himself in the basement of his house in Belchertown, Mass. Surrounding him lay a semi-circle of photographs. In the center was Jeff Lucey’s platoon group photo from his deployment to Iraq.One year earlier, as a Marine Reserve truck driver
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2016
Default Air Force Logo Who goes to War?
In April, I deployed to central Kabul, Afghanistan. The conditions at International Security Assistance Force headquarters varied between friendly and toxic.  Two 107 millimeter rockets exploded near us in our first few hours on the ground.  Many of us got sick because of bad bottled water - the kind we buy because it's supposed to be safe. 
0 12/08
2014
Default Air Force Logo Do it right every time
I would like to thank all the members of the Patriot Wing for the warmest welcome.The change of command was incredible and my family and friends were overwhelmed. It was awesome to look out over the formation of incredible Airmen and see that C-5 with the beautiful blue sky in the background. As I said on Sunday, I believe that family comes first.
0 9/29
2014
On Dec. 20, 2013, Col. Steven Vautrain, 439th AW Commander, officially became Brig. Gen. Vautrain.

Brig. Gen. Vautrain has been Wing Commander at Westover since August 2011. Wing commander bids farewel l to Patriot Wing
Men and women of the Patriot Wing, the time has come for Katie and I to move on to the next adventure in our lives.The last three years at Westover have been the highlight of my 31-year career. I have never worked with such a professional, hard-working, group of people. You have held together as a team through hurricanes, snowstorms, deployments,
0 9/02
2014
439th Airlift Wing Commander Patriot Wing faces a year of change in 2014
2014 has been a year of change for the Patriot Wing. We have changed command chiefs, we are changing vice commanders, and more than likely we will be changing commanders later this year.We recently received confirmation that NMCB-27 (the Navy Seabees) will leave Westover for Mississippi in October; most of them are already gone. All of this, on top
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2014
Col. Jeffrey Hancock gets "hosed" by his wife, Debbie, after his fini flight and landing at Westover, May 19, 2014. (US Air Force photo/MSgt. Andrew Biscoe) lt’s been the opportunity of a lifetime
It's difficult to summarize in a single sentence all the opportunities that the Air Force and Air Force Reserve have given me over my 30-year career. I've watched this wing grow to become the best in AFRC, bar none. The accolades that this group has won are truly amazing. They are a testament to the hard work across all units.When the Secretary of
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2014
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