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  • 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
  • Commander’s Column

    Barnestormers, Saturday of March drill was a historic day as we launched our first ever aviation deployment in the F-15 Eagle (which, by the way, is owner of a 104 to 0 kill ratio in air to air combat). Our deployment was a huge success as we flew 94 sorties over a two week period and had an overall Mission Capability Rate of 80.2%. The first week
  • Drugs Have No Place on Base

    Do you want to ruin and end your military career? Do you want to make it very difficult to find civilian employment? Try using drugs and that's just what will happen. The Air National Guard has a random drug testing policy that could catch anyone anytime who uses drugs. If you do drugs, you will get caught. The Air National Guard must maintain the
  • Commander's Column

    Welcome back from the Holiday Season. My family and I now have a better understanding for the need of snow plows. I want to thank everyone in advance for this upcoming year. We will be faced with many challenges while we are still in conversion. We have Civil Engineering headed to Silver Flag in February, a COMSEC inspection in March, a Security
  • Have you conducted your RAM today?

    It's first thing in the morning and you are having your coffee and preparing for the day. Your supervisor comes to you and asks you to go outside and check the building's exterior for anything "suspicious" like boxes or items up against the building and report back to her. You grab your coat and hat and head for the door. Here are a few possible
  • Command Chief’s Column

    The Airman's Creed Part III I AM AN AMERICAN AIRMAN GUARDIAN OF FREEDOM AND JUSTICE MY NATION'S SWORD AND SHIELD ITS SENTRY AND AVENGER I DEFEND MY COUNTRY WITH MY LIFE As you recite the third verse of the creed, I want you to think of it from the perspective of the oppressed, the desperate, or the scared. Imagine if you will the perspective of a
  • Commander’s Column

    On Dec 7th 1941, a day which President Roosevelt said would "live in infamy," the Japanese Imperial Navy attacked US forces in Hawaii. This Sunday of our December UTA, is the sixty-seven year anniversary of that historic day. The Japanese sunk four Navy battleships and damaged four more. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three
  • Annual Awards

    What have you done this year? Did it have an impact on the wing or your shop? Do you supervise someone who had a great year, completed their CDC's with a great average, all while volunteering at different Family Readiness Group activities? Everyone on this base makes a difference, and the wing works to recognize those accomplishments through the
  • Back to Basics

    Time to get "Back to Basics." I have been saying this for awhile now, as have many. What does this mean? Well, we have been hearing for months, that our mission has changed. For some, not much has changed; they moved to Barnes, they are still flying the same jet, and they are still performing the same duties. Then for some of us, this is a brand
  • Simply Communicate

    Communication is a fascinating subject...especially today.  We have come a long way since the clay tablets of Mesopotamia (dating back to 4,000 B.C.) We're no longer dependent on the elite scribes of ancient Egypt for reading, writing and interpretation (about 3,000 B.C.), and we have made great progress since the Age of Orality, featuring Socrates