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  • Chiefs Column

    One of our goals this year is "Taking care of Airman and their Families." How can you help the wing achieve that goal? Be a good wingman. Our mission is to "fly, fight and win." The mission comes first, but without people, the mission will fail. Good leaders must balance mission requirements with the needs of the people. Taking care of people means
  • 104th Fighter Wing FY 09 Vision and Goals

    To all men and women of the 104th Fighter Wing, I would like to thank you for the professionalism you displayed during the assumption of command ceremony last UTA. While I might be a bit biased, the ceremony was the "best seen to date" in my book. Everyone looked sharp, and it was an honor to accept command in front of men and women such as you. We
  • Spring 2008 Wingman Day Allows Unit Members to Voice Concerns

    On what proved to be a stormy Monday morning on June 16, the safety staff under the direction of Brig. Gen. Rice, hosted another successful day for unit members to focus on the safety issues affecting the wing and its personnel. The attendance totaled over 255 unit members for what has been called a chance for the safety staff to not only speak
  • Commander's Column

    Letter to 104th Fighter Wing To the men and women of the 104th Fighter Wing, I want each of you to know I look forward leading and being a part of the 104th Barnestormers. Throughout my time in the Air Force and the Air National Guard, this is the highest honor I have ever been part of. My wife, Aprile, and our three children, Patrick, Nathan, and
  • Farewell from Brig. Gen. Rice

    My six month chapter as your acting Wing Commander has come to a close. I've have been honored to serve with you, for you and beside you. Together we have brought this Wing from an era of tremendous success in the A-10 Thunderbolts, into the new world of the F-15 Eagle. We are on a road of excellence and continued success. Soon we will be defending
  • Chief's Corner

    Do you know who has the most important job on base? You should. It's you! Because you are an American Airman, because you are a warrior, because you have answered your nations call...it is incumbent upon you to do your best. No matter what rank or AFSC you possess, doing YOUR job effectively is critical to achieving and maintaining mission
  • We Belong

    To many of us, there's no better feeling than belonging. We belong to our families, our communities and our country. And we belong to the National Guard. I re-joined the National Guard, after a ten-year hiatus, because I wanted to belong. Perhaps like many who rejoin, switch services or transfer units, I just wanted to be "IN." My rank didn't
  • Are we “related?”

    The way someone relates to their family, friends and co-workers says a lot about them as a person. Relationships require work...sometimes they require an extraordinary amount of work. They are the foundation of our lives. Take care of them and you will find yourself surrounded by devoted individuals who care about you and want to help you. Let your
  • Commander’s Column

    As we move closer to becoming mission capable in our new aircraft, we will continue to be faced with additional challenges. This weekend will be the first drill where we have our full compliment of F-15C aircraft and the completion of yet another milestone in our BRAC conversion. May, the month of Memorial Day, is an opportune time to reflect on