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  • 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
  • Air Force WikiLeaks Web site guidance

    Air Force personnel should not access the WikiLeaks Web site to view or download the publicized classified information. Doing so would introduce potentially classified information on unclassified networks. There has been rumor that the information is no longer classified since it resides in the public domain. This is NOT true. The subject
  • We must commit to eliminating sexual assault from our Air Force

    To the Men and Women of the United States Air Force:We must commit to eliminating sexual assault from our Air Force.The Air Force has focused on sexual assault prevention and response for several years, with special emphasis on victim care. Unfortunately, sexual assault continues to burden our Airmen and degrade our mission effectiveness. Sexual
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