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  • Educational benefits… read the fine print

    When the opportunity arose to write an article for the Whiteman Warrior, I considered many topics to address. The issue that I felt was most important was the lack of understanding of requirements to receive benefits for the Montgomery GI Bill. If you are one of the individuals who fully understand what it takes to keep your MGIB benefits intact,
  • Personal Responsibility: Be Safe or Die

    Look both ways before you cross the street. Wash your hands before you eat. Wear your seat belt. Don't stare at the sun. Pick your friends wisely ... blah, blah, blah. Do these sound familiar? They do for me. They're the sayings my mom used to say to me through various stages of growing up. The funny thing about it is these are the same sayings we
  • Positive attitudes begin with you

    We've all heard the expression, "it's all about attitude", and that attitude begins with each individual. What kind of a person are you? Are you a positive person? Are you mostly happy? Are you pretty optimistic? If I asked someone who knew you, will they tell me about you, what would they say? Would they say, "he or she is mostly a positive
  • What is being the “Chief” really about?

    Months ago I was selected for promotion to Chief Master Sgt. Each day I wonder if I could live up to the expectations that the Air Force has on this very important position. For those of you that know me, I'm a learner and I try to learn something new everyday. So I was very excited to go to a few courses that would give me some insight on what
  • Fit to Fight to win the fight

    With the information age has also come the obesity age. Technological advancements, websites, Playstations, and the like provide entertainment to our youth but have also stunted the use of their imaginations and certainly decreased the number of times they engage in physical exercise. Back in the day, we played football and basketball at the
  • Good luck follows hard work

    Did you ever wonder why some people seem to have all the luck while others never get any? Ever watched and wondered how some climb the ladder of success so quickly while others never get off the ground? Is it all just dumb luck, or is there more to it? Benjamin Franklin wrote "I am a strong believer in luck and I find the harder I work the more I
  • A simple salute

    As Airmen, we stand out from the rest of society for a number of reasons - the way we look and dress; the language, terms and phrases we use; our ranks, titles and terms of address; the rules and regulations which govern our conduct and behavior; and most especially, our unique customs and traditions. These traditions and customs include such
  • You are America

    (Editorial note: Commentary co-written by Col. Ed Keegan, 509th Mission Support Group commander and 1st Lt. Phyllis Pelky, 18th Services Squadron at Kadena Air Base)It is eye-opening to see how people outside the Air Force view us. I sat on the Officer Training School selection board a few weeks ago and scored application packages from more than
  • Positive attitude

    As the saying goes, "Attitude is Everything!" Well, maybe not everything, but it is very important. A positive attitude goes a long way in increasing morale, both directly and indirectly. People from all walks of life recognize the importance of a positive attitude. I recall seeing numerous stories in the news about a positive attitude helping a
  • Excellence in all we do

    The Air Force core values are taught to each and every one of us early in our military career. They are a guide for us, a starting point that we should use in our profession. The Air Force Core Values "Little Blue Book" even states, "the Core Values are much more than minimum standards." They are something that we should expand upon to ensure we