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  • 75th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombing Missions

    On April 26, 1945, 859 men loaded onto two trains at a small rail station in western Utah for a two-day journey to Seattle, Washington. After a short stay, the men boarded the ship “Cape Victory” and on May 6 set off for Tinian in the Northern Mariana Islands where they were met by Lt.Col. Hazen J. Payette on May 29. The men were members of the 509th Composite Group, a part of the U.S. Army Air Forces, the predecessor to the modern Air Force. Payette, the group intelligence officer, had led an advanced Air Echelon of 90 men that arrived several days earlier. Over the course of the next two months, most of the remaining members of the 509th CG would arrive on the island along with equipment, supplies and fifteen specially modified B-29 Superfortress aircraft.
  • Striker Strong – Leading in Unprecedented Times

    Nothing has prepared me for this situation. I cannot sleep and I am constantly rolling through my mind’s rolodex looking for examples, stories, situations, anything I can pull to help with the daily struggles of leading and advising our senior leaders through an unprecedented pandemic.
  • How to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

    Winter is coming and that means that risk of Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning will increase.
  • COMMENTARY: Downfalls of ‘Detox’

    It seems everyone is talking about “detoxification” (detox) diets and regimens. These products are also called “cleanses” or “flushes”. This terminology refers to a means of removing toxins from your body or losing weight. These diets can be dangerous, especially since your body already comes equipped with a detoxification system. Understanding how detox works, may help clear up some confusion.
  • 509th MDG commentary: Tobacco and mental illness

    People living with mental illness have a high rate of smoking. In America, 44.3% of all cigarettes are consumed by individuals who live with mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders. People with schizophrenia are three to four times as likely to smoke as the general population.
  • Ruck Marching: Do’s and Don’ts

    Ruck marches are often a foreign concept to many Airmen who aren’t required to do them and don’t see a reason to carry a heavy backpack or rucksack for an extended period of time. Read more for tips and tricks.
  • Editorial: We’ve come a long way since 1948, remember that this month

    We are a subgroup within a subgroup, a portion of the less than a percentage point of Americans who have answered their nation’s call and serve proudly in its defense. We are women in the United States Air Force.
  • Wing leaders recognize Black History Month

    Black History Month is a time for our Nation to continue the tradition of paying tribute to African Americans across the globe for their distinguished contributions, achievements, and the influence they have made in our nation’s history.
  • Chaplain Shipman shares lessons from deployment to Afghanistan

    To reflect on times past and to envision hopes for the future is important as we move rapidly toward 2019. I encourage you to reflect today on your best day in 2018 and the promise of what your best day may be in 2019. To recall the past and reflect on its varied lessons is another opportunity to learn from and grow. My reflection from the past year is from a deployment to Afghanistan.
  • New Year’s Resolution: Read about the past for the future

    Gone, it seems, are the days of printed newspapers, as subscriptions have steadily declined and many daily publications have disappeared. It seems all but certain that we live in an era of headlines and newsfeed snippets that offer information designed for the passing glance at phone screens and tablets.
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