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Thanksgiving: A time to count your blessings

Posted November 16, 2012 by by Maj. Bob Meissner

What will your Thanksgiving be like this year? Perhaps it will include the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, marathon naps, or lots of football. Will it involve preparation for the next day, early-morning, bargain shopping? On the other hand, will you, after consuming 3,500 plus calories from all of the turkey, dressings and pies with whipped…

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March Minutes | October 15, 2012

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Staff Sgt. Michael Stanforth Aircrew Flight Equipment, 912th ARS Hometown: Ocala, Florida 0450 I roll out of bed, get dressed and head to the gym for about an hour to get my adrenaline flowing so that I can start my day with plenty of energy. 0715 I arrive to work to see my coworkers searching for their…

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Candid Comments | November 9, 2012

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Chief Master Sgt. Robert Ehlers Job: Air transportation manager Unit: 56th Aerial Port Squadron Hometown: Anaheim, Calif. Hobbies: Jogging, softball and golf As soon as we got the call that March Field would spin-up airlift operations, in support of restoration efforts for those devastated by super-storm Sandy, I immediately began to rally our traditional reservists…

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Air Force Week kicks off in New York City
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Through Airmen’s Eyes: Airman battles breast cancer

Posted November 9, 2012 by by Airman 1st Class Chacarra Walker

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C.  — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series on AF.mil. These stories focus on a single Airman, highlighting their Air Force story.) “I was 21 years old and didn’t think I was strong enough to beat two cancers — I thought my life was over,” said Senior Airman…

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Straight from the horse’s mouth

Posted November 2, 2012 by by Chaplin Bob Meissner

Resiliency is something we spend a lot of time talking about in the Air Force. There are good reasons for this. We face changes and challenges to ourselves and our families. Circumstances may arise in our lives that we have no control over. Some of them may leave us with feelings of fear and uncertainty….

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Through Airmen’s Eyes: Ultimate wingman helps save friend’s life

Posted November 2, 2012 by by Airman 1st Class Jake Eckhardt

U.S. Air Force graphic/Corey Parrish Airman 1st Class Albert Chang SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series on AF.mil. These stories focus on a single Airman, highlighting their Air Force story.) An Airman who noticed the suicidal signs of a friend reported the problem and helped…

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I would go to war with you any day of the week

Posted October 26, 2012 by by Darnell Gardner

ORI stories: As told by Maj. Kevin Marzette, 50th Aerial Port Squadron Having served time in the U.S. Army, the most profound compliment that can be rendered to a fellow soldier is, ‘I would go to war with you any day of the week.’ Well, my experience during the recent Operational Readiness Exercise, Sept. 16…

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Exercises prepare Airmen for inspections, real-world situations

Posted October 26, 2012 by by Col. Samuel Mahaney

I am so impressed with the attitude and professionalism of this wing. You are all doing a fantastic job and I am proud of you. I hold the leadership throughout the wing accountable for taking care of you. I also expect every member of the wing to do his or her part to facilitate and…

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We all have to make choices

Posted October 26, 2012 by by Bob Meissner

Back when I lived in the rural Midwest, late September and October were harvest times for farming communities. For many frantic weeks, farmers would be out in the fields from morning to night, trying to beat the first snowfall, harvesting the crops planted earlier that spring. In southwest Minnesota, the harvest normally consisted of two…

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Air Force training prepares you for the unexpected

Posted October 19, 2012 by by Senior Airman Isis Ponce

Each Unit Training Assembly is chocked full of training classes, sometimes to the point of not getting any job-related work done. At times, I hear the rumblings of, “not another class” or “didn’t I already complete this training?” but after my recent experience, I know how valuable this training can be. The skills from one…

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