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Forty aces credited to 56th

Posted October 5, 2012 by by Lt. Col. JON WHEELER

The Air Force Historical Research Agency recently credited Capt. Eugene O’Neill Jr. with his fifth victory during World War II, making him the 40th ace of the 56th Fighter Wing. As I learned of this major milestone in our wing’s history, I couldn’t help but think back on one of the most rewarding experiences of…

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Lead from front

Posted October 5, 2012 by by Airman 1st Class NICHOLAS LIUZZI

Leadership. As Airmen this is a word that we hear all the time. In light of this, the word can sometimes become watered down to where we think we have nothing to do with leadership. Is leadership just a buzz word that we have nothing to offer to affect its outcome? Does leadership strictly apply…

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Chaplain thoughts – October 5, 2012

Posted October 5, 2012 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theadore Wilson,

“Riches don’t make a man rich; they only make him busier.” ~ Christopher Columbus A basic definition of contentment is being satisfied with what you already have. I believe this is something most people need to learn a little bit more. Now don’t get me wrong, wanting to better ourselves financially or professionally is OK…

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Fly Over: ‘Dredd’, ‘End of Watch’

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In theaters: ‘Dredd’ by Jayson Burns In 1995, an adaptation of the British comic “2000 AD” was released, titled “Judge Dredd.” It was cheesy and ripe for ridicule, but some people (like me) see it kind of like a guilty pleasure. Still, it didn’t do well commercially or critically and fans of “2000 AD” as…

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October: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Posted October 5, 2012 by by SHARON KOZAK

Domestic violence is a pervasive problem in virtually all countries, cultures, classes and income groups, and the Air Force is not excluded. It is a type of abuse that involves injuring usually a spouse or partner, but it can also be a parent, child or other family member. It is the willful intimidation, physical assault,…

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Time for dos, don’ts reminder of political season

Posted October 5, 2012 by by Maj. JACQUELINE STINGL

Military members and Defense Department employees are encouraged to vote and participate in the political process. At the same time, the appearance of military influence of the political process must be avoided. Thus, participation in political activities by military members and DOD employees is limited by law in order to ensure that a real or…

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Chaplain thoughts – September 28, 2012

Posted September 28, 2012 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theadore Wilson

“Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.” ~ John Hancock Imagine that just by signing your name to a document in essence you were signing your own death sentence. That is the price that John…

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Somewhere in France

Posted September 21, 2012 by by Maj. JASON MITCHELL

“Your son Sergeant Roy T. Mitchell was killed in action in the Verdun Muse, offensive September 27, 1918, by an enemy shell. In expression of my sympathy to you and to other bereaved relatives and friends, I voice the sentiments of every man from Franklin in the A.E.F. and particularly those who know him best…

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Performance feedback

Posted September 21, 2012 by by Master Sgt. JARROD COUNCIL

How many times have you looked at that line on the enlisted performance report that says, “Last feedback was performed on,” and had that sinking feeling in your stomach? Any experienced Air Force supervisor knows the feeling; the inadequate sensation that comes with overlooking a simple responsibility, albeit one with enormous potential impact. The importance…

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Chaplain thoughts – September 21, 2012

Posted September 21, 2012 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theodore Wilson,

“Hence we must be versatile, our tactics must be susceptible to change, and our commanding officers must have ingenuity and imagination.” ~ Gen. Henry “Hap” Arnold Happy 65th Birthday U.S. Air Force! (Sept. 18, 1947). The words from General Arnold to a fledgling Air Force still ring so true today. Yes, our commanders must have…

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