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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
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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.
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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.”
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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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Maj. Marnee A.C. Losurdo, 403rd Wing Public Affairs chief, holds photographs of her grandmother March 22 at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Heather Heiney) Women's History: We all contribute
It was a frigid day in January on a quiet hill-side cemetery just north of New Market, Iowa. Surrounded by friends and family, we bid farewell to my grandmother. As we departed on those dusty gravel roads, I remembered my childhood and how she’d had such a profound impact on my life.
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Col. John Buterbaugh, 403rd Aeromedical Staging Squadron commander, poses for a photo Feb. 15 at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Heather Heiney) 403rd ASTS ensures deployment readiness
The 403rd Aeromedical Staging Squadron is first and foremost a service organization. During war, we serve patients and at Keesler Air Force Base we serve the 403rd Wing. We are here for you, and I hold our members to that ethic.
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Col. Jay Johnson, 403rd Maintenance Group commander and Maj. Brian Horton, 803rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander lead a foreign object debris, more commonly know as "FOD" walk to collect trash on the flight line before a ceremony activating the new 803rd AMXS(U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Heather Heiney It’s more than a name
I was 20 years old, just finished two years of college education and had no clue where to turn next in my life.
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2017
Default Air Force Logo Chief’s Chat: Maintaining focus
The inauguration has passed, our new president is in the White House, and the pace of Air Force Reserve operations con¬tinues at a record tempo. As we await the signing of the continuing resolution and finalization of a budget, the 403rd Wing’s mission continues. Please stay focused.
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Lt. Col. Stuart Rubio, 815th Airlift Squadron commander, prepares for a training flight at Keesler Air Force Base Jan. 26. The 815th AS, "Flying Jennies," have been steadily rebuilding since the decision to keep the squadron at Keesler was made in 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Heather Heiney) Flying Jennies grow day by day
You never know what curveballs life and, in particular, the Air Force are going to throw at you. In October 2015, I was stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base flying a standard Friday afternoon student sortie as a C-130J schoolhouse instructor. As soon as we landed I received a message to call my operations group commander…which isn’t usually good news.
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Chief Master Sgt. Richard Coseglia Chief's Chat: Don't be afraid to make decisions
First, I’d like wish everyone a happy and healthy 2017. Last month I had the opportunity to speak to the 403rd Wing’s Human Resources Development Council. In this instance we were discussing the upcoming wing family day event scheduled for the May unit training assembly. As I was listening to the Airmen talk about fund raising, organizational processes and assigning tasks, it was mentioned that there were five months left to prepare.
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