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  • You put on a first-class show

    The 2012 Great New England Air Show and Open House is now a memory. I'd like to thank all of you for making it such a huge success - your hard work ensured we put on a first-class show! The local community, air show participants, and most importantly, our veterans, had nothing but praise for the way the men and women of the Patriot Wing treated
  • The Enlisted Perspective: Analog leadership in digital times

    The United States Air Force is the world's most advanced air, space and cyberspace force. Most of that can be attributed to you -- our outstanding Airmen -- but technology also plays a huge role. Advanced tools help us maintain an advantage over our adversaries. Technology has enabled our continuing success.However, technology also threatens to
  • Wing would remain viable under restructuring proposal

    By now you are aware that Air Force officials have announced a proposal to cut eight aircraft from the 439th Airlift Wing's C-5 fleet in 2016. This is a result of planned Pentagon budget cuts. The Air Force is refocusing and reducing the size of its forces to comply with the president's new defense strategy and the Budget Control Act's requirements
  • Don't sit still with your military careers

    Happy New Year!Two-thousand twelve is upon us. I hope you have taken the opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family over the holiday season.Since becoming the command chief last spring, one thing that has amazed me is the quality of the Airmen we have in our wing. You're motivated, and possess the self-initiative toachieve great
  • Wellness, resilience fortify us in 2012

    This has been a challenging year for the Patriot Wing. Deployments, ORI preparation, the ORI itself, the tornado in June, the earthquake and hurricane in August, and the destructive snowstorm in October have added to the stress of our already stressful lives. During times like these we must remain resilient. I encourage you to apply the
  • SECAF issues letter to all service members

    Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley issued a letter to all service members Nov. 8.In it, he wrote, "The mission at the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operation (AFMAO) is to provide dignity, honor and respect to the fallen and care, service and support to their families. The professionals whose privilege it is to perform this solemn duty take
  • Meeting our fiscal and national security responsibility

    Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta issued a message to all Defense Departmentpersonnel on Aug. 1, 2011, regarding the resolution of the debt ceilingagreement:As I begin my second month in office as Secretary of Defense, I wanted totake the opportunity to share my thinking with you on one of the keychallenges we face as a Department: how to ensure
  • Commander wishes wingmen farewell

    We have worked tirelessly getting ready. The secret of getting ahead is getting started. Three years ago we started a journey together toward being an excellent organization. We changed our mission statement to "Leaders in Excellence" to align with the Air Force core values. A statement is just words without the deeds and actions to back it up. You
  • AF Leaders Urge Summer Safety

    Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day marks the season of greatest risks for our Air Force team. To counter those risks, we will kick off the Critical Days of Summer safety campaign for 2011 on May 28th.Unfortunately, last summer we lost 16 Airmen. While this was an improvement over the 21 lost the previous year, we must strive to do better. The
  • Air Force leaders issue Memorial Day message

    WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz send the following Memorial Day message to the Airmen of the U.S. Air Force and their families:As we pause this Memorial Day to honor those who have died in service of our great Nation, it is also useful to reflect on what this day of