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Default Air Force Logo Retiring with reflections
In the beginning they called me "Airman." Then "sergeant." In later years, I became known as "Grandpa D.," or just plain old "Pappy"... upon retirement, how do you sum up an Air Force career?You can look it up on a computer and gaze at the countless pages of numbers and dates, all neatly organized.My Air Force career, what does it mean? The real
0 11/08
Default Air Force Logo Accident assistance, CUI efforts, highlight wing spirit
This is an amazing wing! Thank you for your efforts in support of the 104th Fighter Wing, your performance during the CUI, and the great turnout for Family Day. It has been a busy summer. The Patriot Wing has risen to, and conquered, every challenge. The common theme throughout August and September was "teamwork." The wing joined together in
0 9/23
Chaplain Corps (Color). U.S. Air Force graphic. Department of Defense and Military Seals are protected by law from unauthorized use. These seals may NOT be used for non-official purposes. For additional information contact the appropriate proponent. The eagle-turkey continuum
Did you happen to read CMSgt Thorpe's editorial in the June issue of the Patriot comparing thoroughbreds and pack mules? If not, take a look. It's true. If we take the time to care for our people and allow them to learn from their mistakes, they will develop into their full potential. Pack mules can and do develop into thoroughbreds. Allow me to
0 8/02
439th Airlift Wing Commander Face your challenges head-on
Welcome to the Summer of 2013! Be sure to take time to enjoy it while we continue to adapt to new challenges and accomplish our mission in an excellent manner. Sequestration and furloughs have become a reality and the pace of work does not show any sign of slowing down, but the work ethic and the resilience of the Patriot Wing are evident in
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Spotlights, taxiing lights and the sunset illuminate the C-5 Galaxys at Westover Air Reserve Base, Chicopee, Mass., on July 7, 2012. The C-5 is able to takeoff fully loaded within 8,300ft and land within 4,900ft with 28 wheels of landing gear sharing the weight. (U.S. Air Force photo/SrA. Kelly Galloway) Thoroughbreds vs. pack mules
I recently finished an organizational theories class. One of the lessons I studied was how managers treat their people, and it caught my attention. "Managers should try to ensure that people feel they are rewarded fairly in comparison to others in regards to responsibility and challenges. But some managers find it easier to rely heavily on the most
0 6/01
Lt. Col. James Bishop at the race, before the bombings. Marathon bombings: What emerges from the rubble
There was a race, before the smoke and blood. At 11:50 a.m., my wife Deb and I watched the wheelchair racers turn from Hereford St. onto the home stretch of the Boston Marathon. A wave of cheering slid down Boylston Street.My son's fiancée Katie was running for the Mass. General Hospital Children's Cancer Center. Deb wanted to hurry to Heartbreak
0 5/23
Default Air Force Logo Look before you leap - things to consider before enrolling in higher education
Many Airmen join the military specifically for the education benefits. The GI Bills and Tuition Assistance have provided a tremendous opportunity to gain the education needed to compete in the 21st century. However, the path to higher education can be confusing. It is more important than ever that we provide our prospective service member students
0 5/17
Default Air Force Logo Commander addresses Patriot Wing about upcoming furloughs
Men and Women of the Patriot Wing,The Pentagon announced yesterday that furloughs for up to 11 days are scheduled to begin in early July. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel stated that - "After required notifications, we will begin the furlough period on July 8 at the rate of one furlough day per week for most personnel. We plan to continue these
0 5/15
A Westover C-5B sits on the flightline boasting its four turbofan engines which, mounted on pylons under the wings, power the C-5. Each engine pod is nearly 27 feet long, weighs 7,900 pounds and has an air intake diameter of more than 8 1/2 feet. (U.S. Air Force photo/SrA. Kelly Galloway) Stop and smell the roses
Why does it happen all too often that it takes a tragedy or a life-changing event for us to realize what's most important? Trust me, I've been there. In the winter of 2004, I had to make the decision to take my father off life support. What carried me through was my faith in God and the support of my family.I think we could all agree that the
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The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/SrA. Kelly Galloway) "If it isn't you, it's the person next to you."
"Hey sexy... you single?"I turned to see a fellow Airman in training; standing about five foot eight, dark hair and eyes. Over the next four months, I heard my fellow classmate repeat the same line more than a couple dozen times. It wasn't just me that he had an eye for; it was a handful of my new girlfriends as well. We laughed it off... all of us
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