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  • Commander’s column

    We have been placing a lot of emphasis on inspections over the past 3 years, first, phase one Operational Readiness Inspection preparations, now a Logistics Compliance Assessment and an Unit Compliance Inspection, but we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. The word was officially announced during the Winter Wingman day event, but it is
  • Commander's column

    With 2011 upon us, I want to welcome everyone back from the New Year, and thank you for your service. Having a productive winter this year will be paramount for our success in the Logistics Compliance Assessment Program evaluation (LCAP) in March and the Unit Compliance Inspection (UCI) in June. There are many big targets on the horizon, and our
  • Commander’s Column

    On June 6, 1944...with sheer tenacity, allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, overcoming insurmountable odds as they forged forward from their initial landing sites toward countless Nazi machine gun pits that sprayed bullets down at them. As soldiers, marines, and sailors trudged forward through this rain storm of bullets and shrapnel, they
  • Commander’s Column

    Last week, I was TDY to First Air Force. I was able to hear first hand from many of our Air Force leaders that we are well on our way to becoming the most well respected F-15 unit in the Combat Air Force. That is a tribute to all the hard work you have done: completing the unit's conversion and standing up the Air Sovereignty Alert mission. The
  • Commander's Column

    Barnestormers:We achieved two of our FY 2010 goals by becoming operational in the F-15 on 1 Feb and standing up Air Sovereignty Alert on 15 Feb. The road was not easy, yet we still accomplished our objectives due to your hard work and determination. We are now less than one month away from our first major inspection in the F-15 with our Alert Force
  • Commander’s Column

    Barnestormers, as we wind down 2009 and look ahead to 2010, I want to thank all of you for your service to this great nation. The Air Force has been engaged in combat operations continuously since 1991, and many of you have served multiple times in combat operations, in harm's way. One such individual who served and placed service above self was
  • Commander's Column

    BarneStormers, practice makes perfect and no example more clearly demonstrates this then our ORE schedule. We are going to continue to practice so that when it's time to demonstrate our abilities during an ORI, we will be ready to succeed. One of the greatest 'Bama coaches of all time, Coach Bear Bryant once said "If a man is a quitter, I'd rather
  • Commander’s Column

    Barnestormers, it's been a few weeks since our last drill and our Phase 1 Operational Readiness Evaluation. While we do have a way to go in terms of improvement, we took a big step in the right direction by starting to build the foundation for those processes. The outside Exercise Evaluation Team did a great job looking for and exploiting areas so
  • Commander's Column

    Barnestormers, thank you all for the way in which you perform your duties. In the past two weeks I have seen us pull together as a family and as a unit. In less than two weeks, we rendered military honors to one of our retired members, buried three family members of those who serve in the 104th, and hosted a fundraiser for the family of a member we
  • Commander’s Column

    Welcome to the May UTA. Recently, on April 18th I had the honor of attending the reenactment of the "shot heard around the world" at the Old North Bridge in Concord, Mass. It was a humbling sight to behold, knowing that these men, in 1775, were shooting for the very first time at the "established army" of the time. Certainly, they understood the
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