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  • 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
  • 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.
  • Throwing wrenches

    I’ve become a master at throwing wrenches.
  • Thank you for a great 2017, Happy Holidays

    This has been an incredible and busy year for the 403rd Wing.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.”
  • 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.