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Master Sgt. Jessica Kendziorek is the 403rd Wing Public Affairs superintendent at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. She is also a crime scene investigator for the Gulfport Police Department, Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Master Sgt. Jessica Kendziorek) Tough jobs: How one reservist copes with tragedy
I couldn’t do your job! I don’t know how you do it? How do you deal with it, seeing the things you do? These are three things I hear all of the time when people find out what my civilian job is. My response to this has always been, “Most people can’t and shouldn’t have to. Someone has to do it. And, I just do.”  Now I know these do not seem to
0 6/20
2018
Default Air Force Logo The Sandwich Generation – caring for wingmen in between
It’s a weekday afternoon. Thanks to an old running injury, I am at home recuperating from knee replacement surgery. An otherwise quiet day is frequently interrupted by the melodic tone signaling yet another incoming text message.
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2018
Default Air Force Logo Throwing wrenches
I’ve become a master at throwing wrenches.
0 12/22
2017
Col. Jennie R. Johnson, 403rd Wing Commander poses for a photo on the wing of a C-130J Super Hercules Aircraft Oct. 15, 2017 at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ryan Labadens) Thank you for a great 2017, Happy Holidays
This has been an incredible and busy year for the 403rd Wing.
0 12/02
2017
The 803rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Patch was recently approved by Air Force Reserve Command. Blue alludes to the sky, the primary theater of Air Force operations. Yellow refers to the sun and the excellence required of Air Force personnel. Gray suggests the standard military aircraft color, which is the foundational resource that leads the Air Force in flying, flight and winning. The wrenches symbolize quality maintenance, which is key to providing safe and reliable resources to combatant commanders. The delta denotes the primary tool for delivering airpower -- the military aircraft. The six-pointed stars, two on each side of the delta, signify the initial driving force of the first weapon system the maintainers of the unit work on – six-bladed turbo-propellers. (U.S. Air Force graphic) A Tactical Year in Review
As I was standing on the stage accepting my role as the first squadron commander for the 803rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, September 11, 2017, I had no idea what was in store for the next 12 months. My hope was to be a part of an organization that provided significant purpose to the Air Force Reserve and to the people of this country. Now that we are one year into the life of the 803rd AMXS, I can honestly say that hope has become a reality. What we have built so far is the foundation for the enduring legacy of mission successes, delivering unsurpassed tactical airlift capability.
0 9/20
2017
Col. Jennie Johnson, 403rd Wing commander, leads an Air Force Reserve unit of about 1,500 personnel at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Her focus for the wing is on the mission and its Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Shelton Sherrill) Focusing on Airmen, mission
When I accepted the 403rd Wing guidon two months ago, I accepted responsibility for our success.   As I said when I took command May 7, leadership is a privilege I don’t take lightly.   To be the best leader I can, I promised the men and women of the 403rd three things: My actions will always be in line with our Air Force core values of integrity
0 7/06
2017
Tech. Sgt. Ryan Labadens, a product of the 1980s and a photojournalist with the Air Force Reserve's 403rd Wing Public Affairs Office, has a daugther and a son. He strives to raise them with values such as integrity, service and excellence and not simply out of a sense of duty, but out of love. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Ryan Labadens) A father’s love for his children – and the 80s
I’m a child of the 80s, through and through. I still have an old Nintendo I used to play on, with games like Metroid and Super Mario Bros. sitting on my shelf. I have a Walkman cassette player and headphones, with an actual mix tape I painstakingly recorded. I still have a Trapper Keeper binder I lug around with me in my backpack, stuffed with
0 6/16
2017
Col. Brian May, 403rd Operations Group commander, poses for a photo in front of a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft May 4, 2017 at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Heather Heiney) Hurricane Season 2017 – be safe, be smart, be prepared
It seems as if we are always receiving briefs concerning the importance of being prepared. Prepared for our next fitness test, prepared for our next deployment and, around here, to be prepared for dangerous weather. Well, it’s that time of year again as June 1 marks the beginning of hurricane season, which runs through the end of November.
0 6/01
2017
Default Air Force Logo Chief's Chat: Leadership
John Quincy Adams once said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
0 5/07
2017
Nathan Heiney, son of Senior Airman Brian Heiney, 403rd Security Forces Squadron and Staff Sgt. Heather Heiney, 403rd Wing Public Affairs, sees a WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft up-close for the first time during the 403rd Wing children's holiday party Dec. 12 at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Heather Heiney) Month of the Military Child: My brat makes me proud
Parents worry. It’s just what we do. We worry our child will get hurt. We worry we aren’t making the right decisions for them. We worry they’ve become irrevocably addicted to their iPad and that they really shouldn’t spend so much time watching videos of a 5-year-old millionaire open new toys.
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2017
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