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  • Commander's Column

    Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks...As promised in recent meetings, articles, and e-mails, we will start 2014 with a focus on implementing the new Air Force Inspection System (AFIS). During a recent discussion I had with our vice wing commander, I found myself slipping back into the old mentality of, "how do we beat the Air Combat Command (ACC)
  • Commander's Column

    2014: Another Year of challengesWelcome 2014! We are pleased that Congress has passed a budget, with much deliberation. The exact numbers and implications of this budget are yet to be released, but the comforting thing is that we can plan on something. The challenges faced by Congress to pass a budget, the debt ceiling battles, and continuing
  • Commander's Column

    A belated happy fiscal new year! I am glad we are back together as a Wing after the government shut down. I want to touch on our plans for the upcoming months to keep you informed and mentally prepared to meet the challenges that we will face in fiscal year 2014. Our runway project is going well and is on schedule. The new surface should last us
  • Commander's Column

    The "NEW" Air Force Inspection System (AFIS)"The Air Force Inspection System relies on inspections by the Inspector General (IG) and assessments and evaluations by functional area managers (FAMs) to ensure that all wings comply with Air Force standards and are ready to execute their contingency missions. These oversight activities have grown
  • Commander's Column

    Our ramp will look empty this Unit Training Assembly (UTA) weekend as we have relocated our flying missions to both Westover Air Reserve Base (ARB) and Otis Air National Guard Base (ANGB).What turned into a successful last minute major movement of iron, equipment, and bodies (due to a lack of funding and slow decision making at higher levels);
  • Commander’s Column

    Six months ago, we announced that we were exploring a runway construction project that would greatly enhance our survivability here at Barnes. At the same time, I stated that there would be a lot of sacrifices required to make this happen, as we would have to relocate our flying operations. We finally have some answers to several questions that
  • Commander’s Column

    BarneStormers: In the weeks that followed our last drill, much has happened. We were inspected by the NORAD IG on our alert mission; our homeland response capabilities were put to work following the marathon bombing in Boston; 100 of our members were deployed to Nellis AFB to support the USAF Weapons School; and we learned that our Aerospace
  • Commander’s Column

    BarneStormers,I first want to take a moment to share with you some good news. Asmany have heard: Col. Brooks was promoted, and is now the newest General Officer in the state. Congratulations, L.A.! The promotion is well deserved, and we look forward to more leadership from you in your new capacity.In addition to this promotion, we have much to
  • Commander’s Column

    Barnestormers, this is my first article as your new commander and I want to set the tone immediately. This unit has been part of my family since I was very young; I have a lot of pride in the 104th Fighter Wing. But it's important to remember that this unit is what we make of it today. It is a product of our work as a Wing and your hard work as a
  • Commander’s Column

    Welcome to September 2012 UTA. I want to take this time to welcome our deployed personnel home. Our aviation package, along with several expeditionary combat support personnel deployed to several locations in the Middle East anywhere from six weeks to six months; and you continue to go out the door. Many of you were leaders in various capacities
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