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The Airman's Creed.(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Heather Heiney) I’m terrified and I will not fail
I was sitting on the floor at Denver International Airport waiting for a flight to San Antonio. I leaned against a cool glass window in jeans and a black tee shirt, holding the Airman’s Creed on a business card with tiny letters in my hands. Several other trainees-to-be and I were taking turns reading it out loud in an attempt to both quell our nerves and get a step ahead. I was almost 23-years-old and terrified that joining the Air Force was the wrong decision. “And I will not fail,” we repeated.
0 12/01
2016
Default Air Force Logo Chief's Chat: The importance of military family
Air Force. Air Force Reserve. 403rd Wing, group, squadron, flight. Let me ask, did you immediately think of your military family when hearing those words? What images, stories and memories came rushing to mind? A unit training assembly? A temporary duty assignment? Maybe a deployment that was experienced together? Having a military family is
0 11/23
2016
Default Air Force Logo Chief's Chat: What I wish I knew
What is one thing I wish I knew before coming into the Air Force? That was a question asked of me during a recent New-Comers briefing. I can’t even recall my answer at the time, but the question has continued to ring in my head like a bell.
0 11/23
2016
Clouds begin to fill the sky during a flight into Hurricane Hermine Sept. 1, 2016 (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Heather Heiney My ride through Hurricane Hermine
I never knew that you could smell a thunderstorm — they almost smell like hot asphalt or a spark made from flint and steel.   I inhaled deeply trying to memorize that smell at 5,000 feet above the surface of the ocean in a WC-130J Super Hercules in the middle of Hurricane Hermine. It was my first flight with the Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather
0 9/02
2016
Col. Sean P. Larkin is the commander of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. (Courtesy photo) Transparent leadership: An old concept for modern times
Col. Sean P. Larkin, the commander of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, discusses the need for transparent leadership and what leading by example can accomplish.
0 8/03
2016
Default Air Force Logo 22nd Air Force Airmen forge proud heritage
The month of May is Asian American and Pacific IslanderHeritage Month, and provides us with an opportunity to pay tribute to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and their positive contributions to our countryand communities. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Asian Americans andPacific Islanders make up 5.6 percent of the nation’s population.
0 5/29
2016
The 403rd Wing Vision and Mission statements. (U.S. Air Force graphic) Wing has new vision, mission statements
Over a three-day period a team of Airmen from throughout our wing worked to identify why we exist; and how we do what we do. One of the outcomes included our new Vision and Mission statements.Wing Vision: Unrivaled wing responding decisively to defend freedom and continuously protect our homeland.Wing Mission: Deliver diverse global capabilities by
0 3/03
2016
Biography photo for Col. Amodeo A Reflection On Service
  I have served as a U.S. Air Force Officer for 29 years.  I have been to nearly 50 countries.  Many of my proudest moments involved great Airmen doing truly incredible things to make the greatest Air Force our world has ever known even better.  I am proud of our flag, country, constitution and freedoms, as well as the diversity of our nation.  But
0 8/02
2015
Default Air Force Logo To Serve
When I'm fortunate enough to conduct a wing mission brief to the new members assigned to our wing, I like to find out where each Airman is from and what motivated them to join and serve. The answers are wide ranging. Some decided to serve for the opportunity to travel, others because there were no opportunities in their towns.  Many decided to
0 6/10
2015
Default Air Force Logo Wind beneath my wings
Wind beneath my wingsMany people remember this song made popular by Bette Midler during Desert Storm.Did you ever know that you're my hero, And everything I would like to be?I can fly higher than an eagle, ' cause you are the wind beneath my wings.Here in the 403rd we have so many heroes. A hero is defined as "a person admired for their
0 2/07
2014
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