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  • Commander’s Column

    Change is in the air, or is it. When I left for Navy War College in Jun of 2011, we had just completed the Unit Compliance Inspection (UCI), and the wing was getting spun-up for a little down time before we had to prepare for the Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI). Before we knew it, the Wing was then asked to send members and aircraft
  • Commander' s Column

    It has been a month since our aviation package deployed and they are all doing well overseas. More about them shortly, first let me go over this weekend's activities here at home. This drill we will take time to remember those who have served before us, through a few memorial services. The first will be for Maj. Bruce 'Sabre' Bannick, one of our
  • Commander’s Column

    This will be our final UTA before we send out a large contingent of personnel and equipment to the Central Command Area of Responsibility (AOR). I would like to thank Lt. Col. 'BOA' Blake for his leadership in this AEF spin-up; he has done a phenomenal job. There are many others that have really stepped up to the plate and I want to thank you as
  • Commander’s column

    The Red Flag deployment was a huge success as the Barnstormers' exceeded expectations, both on the ground and in the air. I know - tell you something that you don't already know. The key here is that there is still room to improve, and improve we must. We are only as good as our last event, and there is always another event. I recently heard
  • Commander’s column

    Barnestormers;In 1940, Winston Churchill made his famous wartime speech in which he said "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few". He was referring to the ongoing efforts of the Royal Air Pilots who were at the time fighting the Battle of Britain, the pivotal air battle with the German Luftwaffe with Britain
  • Commander’s column

    Welcome to September UTA. I want to thank each and every one of you for everything you are all doing. We have gone from the UCI and LCAP, to Alaska, ASA move to Westover, an ONE deployment, to a Hurricane evacuation and State Tropical Storm response, another preparation for an ONE, to an AFOA (Alert Force Operational Assessment), to an upcoming
  • Commander's column

    To say we have had a busy summer would be an understatement. From the UCI/LCAP, to Alaska, to the ASA move, and ONE, we have been and still are heavily engaged. I want to explain Operation Noble Eagle (ONE). These taskings typically come to us with less than two weeks notice. The ONE mission must be filled. The entire F-15 community/WSC (Weapon
  • Commander’s column

    Barnestormers, we are down to the wire preparing for our upcoming inspections, just 4 drill days until the UCI and LCAP teams are here, inspecting the programs you have been working so hard to ensure are in compliance. This drill is also days away from one of the most important federal holidays, Memorial Day. Memorial Day commemorates U.S. military
  • Commander’s column

    I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their hard work in preparation for our upcoming UCI and LCAP, all the while taking care of our daily commitments. I know everyone is burning the midnight oil, and I appreciate your diligence, commitment to the unit, and to one another. During these times there is a lot of cross flow of
  • Commander’s column

    When the acronym UCI/LCAP is used, what do you think about? I would hope you would think about all the processes we use each day to keep this base running. I would hope you think about the regulations and instructions that drive you to perform certain actions in a particular order to achieve a desired result. I hope you think about the way you do
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