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Get to know your first sergeants

Posted October 12, 2012 by by Master Sgt. Randall Hopp

What does a train conductor, a school teacher, a bronze star with valor recipient, an ice cream scooper, a top secret projects administrator and the owner of the best-looking mustache in the Air Force Reserve have in common? Are they contestants on a reality show or characters in a thrilling novel? No — they are…

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Why Wait for Mother’s Day?

Posted May 4, 2012 by Chaplain Aaron Klaves

Next Sunday is Mother’s Day and it’s about time! It almost goes without saying no one is more deserving of a special day than Mom. A popular cartoon illustration pastors like to use that captures the life of a mother shows a psychologist talking to his patient. “Let’s see,” he says, “You spend 50 percent…

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To the Airmen of the United States Air Force

Posted August 24, 2012 by by Gen. Mark A. Welsh III

(U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash) I was sworn in as the 20th Chief of Staff of our Air Force, Aug. 10. It was a pretty humbling experience. Since I haven’t met most of you, I thought my first move as CSAF should be to say hello. You will probably get tired of hearing me…

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AFRC commander sends holiday season note

Posted December 7, 2012 by by Lt. Gen. James F. Jackson

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — Greetings! From Afghanistan and global operations to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts and homeland support, our Air Force Reserve continues to demonstrate excellence. Thank you all for everything you’ve done this past year. As we celebrate this holiday season, please remember to focus on your family and the important folks…

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A little ESGR education can go a long way

Posted May 3, 2013 by Jim Strickland

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – Upon completion of my five-level seasonal training, I submitted my application for reemployment to my employer, asking to return to my pre-service position. I received a warm welcome and everyone in the shop expressed appreciation for my service to country. During my reintegration back into the company, an official from the…

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AMOC celebrates 25 years

Posted September 13, 2013 by Amy L. Pendell

Courtesy photos The Air and Marine Operations Center celebrated its 25-year anniversary here August 22nd. Pictured are its original interior at its 1988 activation (inset) and its current look after 25 years of changes and upgrades. AMOC is an operational component of Customs and Border Protection. Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operations Center…

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Connect: Create the space for quality relationships to flourish

Posted May 9, 2014 by Capt. John Schuck

A couple of years ago, I was in a post-masters clinical chaplaincy program with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in San Diego. While I was there, we were tasked with contributing a publishable work on clinical chaplaincy. As I spent time working through my encounters with patients, I came up with a paradigm for…

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March Minutes | June 18, 2012

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Jenny Pham Human Resources Assistant, 452 FSS Hometown: Moreno Valley 0645 What’s that loud, irritating noise?! Oh, it’s my alarm. I can remedy that with no problem… SNOOZE button time! 0650 What’s that buzzing noise? Why did I program my phone to say, “Get up Ms. Pham you start at 0730!” Five more minutes and I should…

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Cultural battlegrounds: Why culture matters in Global War on Terror

Posted October 5, 2012 by by Dr. William L. Dulaney

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — In every culture, there exists the possibility of a mob of people that could be easily compelled to action by others who know how to disrupt peaceful times. Understanding culture, for the military professional, should be thought of as the art and science of understanding cause and effect in…

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Candid Comments | Women in Combat

Posted February 1, 2013 by

Master Sgt. Amy Cartas Job: Combat Videographer Unit: 4th Combat Camera Squadron Hometown: Murrieta, Calif. Women have been serving in combat for quite some time now and I speak from experience, because I have encountered hostile fire while assigned to units engaged in combat. Now that women are officially able to fill combat specific positions,…

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