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  • Kudos to Eagle Eyes

    The moment we pulled around the corner to get on base, security forces had their M4 carbines at the ready and were yelling for us to put our hands in the air.I was one of three Airmen participating in an Eagle Eyes exercise the 48th Fighter Wing Inspection Team put together to test the vigilance of everyone at RAF Lakenheath. The only instructions
  • From start to finish; lessons learned

    Today is Friday, March 13, 2015.  Today makes 23 years and three months since I arrived at basic military training to start my military service.  Today is also the day of my retirement ceremony, the symbolic end to my military career. As I look back at my time in the Air Force, I'm extremely grateful for the opportunities I've had.  I've been
  • Pursuing dreams to fly, fight and win

    Have you ever been told you didn't have what it takes while pursuing a goal? Did you believe it?I did.My final year in college, the Reserve Officer Training Corps detachment commander met with each senior to discuss our Air Force future. When asked what I hoped to do, like most of my peers I responded, "I want to be a pilot."I'll never forget the
  • There is no substitute for hard work

    One of the questions I am often asked is, "How did you get promoted to chief master sergeant so quickly, with less than 20 years of service?"  Although there is no easy answer or one specific event that has led me to being in this humbling position, I normally answer by attributing making the rank of chief master sergeant to good old-fashioned
  • Resolutions you can definitely keep

    As 2014 comes to a close, thoughts of personal change and new beginnings develop. Hopeful attitudes and renewed determinations quickly dominate Facebook statuses and Twitter updates as people devote themselves to a new lifestyle.However, more often than not, the motivation from so many broad, vague resolutions is quickly replaced with the latest
  • RUfit? Thriving outside the biodome

    Staying fit, sharpening our knowledge about suicide and building resiliency are all hot topics in today's Air Force. As all of these elements are crucial, resiliency encompasses almost everything that weighs heavy in our day-to-day missions.Military families know how difficult times can be when their loved one is deployed or in harm's way. Learning
  • A second Renaissance

    I used to smile more. During those carefree days of my youth when my friends and I would run like lost boys through the woods - building tree forts and "playing Army." The world was simpler then, or maybe I was just that naïve. But one thing is true, the older I get the more the world seems to change - or maybe I am just taking more notice of
  • Strength in Diversity: It's all black and white, isn't it?

    Diversity is a celebration of the differences we have from each other. Air Force policies provide for equal opportunity and treatment for all members irrespective of their race, color, religion, national origin or sex.It has not always been this way. In fact, when our Air Force story began, we couldn't have been farther from those principles.
  • An Airman reflects on 67 years

    Today, Sept. 18, marks the 67th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force’s conception. In 1947, the Air Force evolved as its own branch of service from the U.S. Army Air Forces. This momentous occasion in history is a well-known fact, something with which all Airmen should be familiar. But what does the Air Force’s birthday really mean to those who
  • From one Airman to another: Thank you

    Editor's Note: Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden served as a co-emcee for the 67th Anniversary Air Force Ball at Club Eifel at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Sept. 13, 2014. The following letter was read during the Ball. It is based on McFadden's day of reporting on two World War II-era Airmen's visit to Chièvres Air Base, Belgium, Aug. 9, 2014. While it
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