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Default Air Force Logo Kickin' Butts
It is the time of year when many Airmen around the 442nd Fighter Wing are making New Year's resolutions, and quitting smoking could be a priority for many of them. I started smoking in 1991 while deployed with the Army to Operation Desert Storm. A fellow soldier was always lighting up and out of boredom I bummed one off him every now and then
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2010
Default Air Force Logo Celebrate the Holiday Season
December is a busy month full of family, friends and holiday cheer. It's also a time to reflect on the past year and celebrate the special people in our lives, near and far, young and old, whom we hold dear.In this spirit of reflection and celebration I'd like to thank the men and women of the Mighty Eighth for a remarkable year and a job well
0 12/22
2009
Default Air Force Logo The Power of ‘thank you’
My coworkers and I had been working for nearly two years to develop a business plan to purchase 60, C-17s with a set budget. There were many statutory and fiscal barriers to achieving the team's goal of buying the aircraft. It was an incredible undertaking that required long hours, weekend work and time away from our families. It was one of the
0 12/22
2009
Default Air Force Logo Service, Sacrifice
My dad served in the U.S. Air Force during and after Vietnam. My grandfather served in the Navy during World War II, each of them had some amazing stories of what they had done to serve our nation. My dad was a weapons system operator on F-111s and F-4s. As a kid, I had read many of my dad's decorations and medals. Some hung on the wall, but not
0 12/22
2009
Default Air Force Logo Foreign Object Damage prevention key to mission success
The aircraft is being marshaled out of the hanger. The mission is a go. This aircraft is needed in another part of the world to support operations on the ground. The crew chief gives his salute and the pilot bumps the throttle to start his taxi towards the runway. BLAM-O! The number two engine shells out sending pieces of metal in all directions.
0 12/14
2009
Default Air Force Logo Fending off cyberspace 'intruders'
"Intruders" from cyberspace are trying to hack into the Whiteman Air Force Base network and steal information from unsuspecting users. The intruders are not hackers, though they pretend to be, to gain access to information they would need if they wanted to cripple the mission here. Fortunately, they are not a real threat, but a group of Airmen from
0 12/14
2009
Default Air Force Logo Equal opportunity myth busters - Debunking tales complicating the EO Program
What is a myth? There are various definitions. Yet, it baffles the 509th Bomb Wing Equal opportunity staff how falsehood and unproven beliefs exist, hampering the importance of the Air Force human relations program. At Whiteman, the EO office recognizes the importance of the mission and personnel. We communicate to all members both active duty and
0 12/14
2009
Default Air Force Logo CAS, 'the Hog,' and the reservist
To prepare for our recent ORI, I wrote an article describing the 442nd Fighter Wing and the A-10 Warthog's purpose. I described a sign located on the life support door at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. The sign states, "It's all about the 19-year-old with a rifle - everything else is just support." I love that statement since it reminds pilots and
0 12/01
2009
Default Air Force Logo Ethical values, setting the standard
When I think of what is most important in our military careers, I tend to think back to the section in the Professional Development Guide concerning ethical values. Before each of us joined the military, we had our own interpretations and varying aspects of each one of them, but in basic training and tech schools, we were taught a clear-cut version
0 12/01
2009
Default Air Force Logo Tis the safety season ...
It's that time of the year, where most of us are preparing for those wonderful meals, putting up holiday decorations, and meeting and greeting with family and friends. It is easy for our thoughts to get wrapped up in everyday stressors and forget to add safety into the equation of planning and coordinating. This holiday season, which runs from the
0 12/01
2009
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