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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted February 11, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

Sing a song Full of the faith that the dark past Has taught us, Sing a song Full of the hope that the present Has brought us. ~ James Weldon Johnson These lyrics from the hymn “Lift Every Voice and Sing” were written by James Weldon Johnson. This song, often called the Black National Anthem,…

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More than I asked for

Posted February 2, 2018 by by Airman 1st Class TESSA CORRICK

I left home for the first time in my 20 years of living on Jan. 10, 2017, to become an Airman. I saw the Air Force as an opportunity to better myself through professionalism, education and experience. As a first generation Airman I went in blind, but I knew what I wanted, and I wasn’t…

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Mantra must be ‘People first, mission always’

Posted June 2, 2016 by by Senior Master Sgt. CLAUS PERIS

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — If you’ve been around long enough, you’ve heard the phrase “Mission first, people always.” Today’s Airmen are busy. Whether its high ops tempo, constant deployments or low manning, our Airmen are being asked to do more and more every day. Nothing is more important than accomplishing the mission —…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … November 13, 2015

Posted November 12, 2015 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

November is the month in which the United States celebrates Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a civil holiday, yet it has deep spiritual and religious roots. It is a great time to express gratitude not only to the people whose lives have made a difference in our own, but more importantly, it is a time to thank…

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A premier alliance: 425th Fighter Squadron

Posted October 2, 2015 by by Lt. Col. JON FORINO

Aug. 9, 2015, marked the 50th Anniversary of Singapore’s Independence. The 425th Fighter Squadron is an operational squadron comprised of elite U.S. Air Force and Republic of Singapore air force personnel designated by an agreement between the U.S. and Republic of Singapore as PEACE CARVIN II. December of 2013 marked the 20 year anniversary of…

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Wake up, smell the empty coffee pot

Posted January 14, 2016 by by Col. IDA MCDONALD

Let’s face it, we are not going to get every resource we need or ask for, no matter how hard we try. Therefore, it is of paramount importance to be able to recognize your limitations regarding money and manpower in this time of economic uncertainty. Having an effective and efficient decision-making approach or coping procedure…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … December 4, 2015

Posted December 3, 2015 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

A letter to parents of Airmen Through the years I, as a chaplain, have received numerous phone calls from parents who were concerned about their sons or daughters. Perhaps a grandparent had died, or a relationship had ended or perhaps they sensed that their child was beginning to make bad decisions. Whatever the reason, they…

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Airpower starts here

Posted February 18, 2016 by by Master Sgt. CHARLES LOFTUS

I walked into a recruiter’s office looking for a change in my life on Feb. 11, 1999. What I knew about the Air Force was very little except what my two older brothers had told me. It all happened fast as I started my first day of Basic Military Training 14 days later. Once I…

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Get out of the dorms

Posted October 16, 2015 by by Airman 1st Class AUDRA STANTON

One of the biggest issues with today’s generation is getting out of bed in the morning and staying away from electronics. That said, the military today is no different. Ask any Airman living in the dorms what plans he has for the weekend and most of the time you will get an answer similar to,…

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It’s all about the hooks

Posted March 3, 2017 by Commentary and photo by Master Sgt. Benjamin Wilson

SOUTHWEST ASIA — High above Mosul, Iraq, a fighter pilot arrives on station. Now within 20 nautical miles of the target, the pilot arms the weapons on board and checks in with a joint terminal attack controller, identifying the call sign, position and combat load of munitions. The pilot can see explosions, small arms fire…

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