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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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Your Financial Minute

Posted October 19, 2012 by by Debi McCoy

Hello Team March! I am excited to begin fiscal year 2013 with an introduction and tip. My name is Debi, I am a military spouse whose husband is assigned here at March Air Reserve Base, working toward my Accredited Financial Counselor designation. I applied for a Military Spouse Fellowship during the spring of 2011 and…

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March Minutes | October 16, 2012

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GS-7 John S. Martin Fire Inspector 452 MSG/CEF Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif. 0600 Start up the truck, bob and weave through traffic from Rancho Cucamonga; destination March. 0645 Arrive for duty (on time hopefully); participate in Fire Prevention office staff meeting with assistant chief and other inspectors. 0730 Roll Call for departing and arriving shift personnel. Pass on…

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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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Teamwork: We could all use a helping hand

Posted October 12, 2012 by by Chaplain Bob Meissner

I talked with a chaplain recently about his late grandfather who competed in horse-pulling contests. Yes, horse pulling. That’s a reality show I haven’t seen yet. The horses would be hitched up to a log or stone, or anything else that might be handy. The object was to see whose team could pull the most….

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First things first: Get your degrees in order

Posted October 12, 2012 by by Chief Master Sgt. David Brinkley

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — In 1972 the Community College of the Air Force was established by the Air Force Chief of Staff, General John D. Ryan. Four years later, President Gerald Ford authorized the Air Force, by law, to confer the associate degree. The CCAF was accredited during the start of 1977 and by the…

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Candid Comments | October 5, 2012

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Master Sgt. Anhtuan L. Dang Job: Paralegal Unit: 452 AMW/Judge Advocate Hometown: Irvine, Calif. Hobbies: Reading, outdoor activities, Boy Scouts activities with sons My experience could be summed up as “Awesome!” There were some tasks that we performed well. However, there were some areas where we will need to dedicate additional training so that we…

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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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