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Contract that started it all

Posted January 16, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Michael Merrell

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Many of us who have been through history class will remember the story of the Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, and their invention of the first airplane. The Wright brothers are not only given credit for the invention of the first successful airplane, but are also attributed with being central figures…

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Air Force issued me my ‘kids’

Posted January 16, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — While I’ve decided to live the child-free lifestyle, the Air Force, in its infinite wisdom, saw the need to issue me two kids. They are both straight out of technical training and brand new to the Air Force — and one is still too young to accept an adult…

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Equipping our Airmen

Posted January 9, 2015 by Lt. Col. Barry Little

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. — When I entered the Air Force 16 years ago, my father-in-law, who is retired Army, shared a bit of service rivalry with me. He said that it’s well known the Air Force “mans equipment” while the Army “equips men.” For those of us in blue, it’s an insulting…

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Maintenance versus repair … of our Airmen

Posted January 9, 2015 by Maj. Cameron Richardson

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. — This commentary is not about aircraft, vehicles, or even any mechanical components. It’s about our Airmen and how we manage their care and development throughout their careers. The maintenance versus repair concept is borrowed from the maintenance community and speaks to how maintenance managers plan, coordinate and execute scheduled…

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Chaplains help build relationships

Posted December 19, 2014 by Chaplain (Capt.) Jason Klodnicki

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Timothy Young Chaplain (Capt.) Jason Klodnicki, a 99th Air Base Wing chaplain, helps coworkers find a solution to their problems during a counseling session at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Dec. 12. The Nellis chapel will be hosting a relationship seminar Jan. 9, open to all ID card…

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New commander addresses Airmen of 12th Air Force

Posted December 19, 2014 by Lt. Gen. Chris Nowland

To all of the 12th Air Force community, Happy holidays! My wife Kristan, my three children, and I are excited to join this outstanding 12th Air Force community. I cannot adequately express how honored and humbled I feel to join this community as the commander. I certainly appreciate the exceptional efforts of General and Mrs….

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Saving energy to save money

Posted December 19, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Victoria Sneed

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — One million dollars is a large sum of money. That is the amount Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases consume in electricity annually. One quarter of that energy is supplemented by renewable energy gathered by the solar field, said Jeffrey Blazi, 99th Civil Engineer Squadron energy program manager. “We…

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‘Tis the season to drink responsibly

Posted December 12, 2014 by Col. Maureen Harback

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — It’s that time of year when holiday parties and late night celebrations begin to fill our calendars and we look forward to spending time with family and friends to celebrate our own special reasons for the season. Every Christmas Eve, I celebrate my life and I give thanks for…

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Asking for help is sign of strength not weakness

Posted December 12, 2014 by Maj. Gen. Mark Brown

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Growing up I was a big fan of Muhammad Ali. He was the world heavyweight boxing champion and unashamedly referred to himself as “The Greatest.” I vividly remember a reporter asking Ali, “When did you know that you were ‘The Greatest?’” Before Ali could answer, the reporter offered, “Perhaps…

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Things to know about gift cards

Posted December 12, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Chelsie De Vera

Courtesy photo NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Many gifts exchange hands during the holiday season. One of the most popular, easiest and convenient of gifts is the gift card. Almost every store offers gift cards for their products or services. Gift cards can satisfy even the most particular recipients since they choose what to purchase…

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