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  • Commander's Corner: embrace change

    “Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” George Bernard Shaw.Air Force Reserve leadership has put a lot of faith in our wing as one of only three across the command to implement virtual Unit Training Assemblies into the fiscal year 2022 schedule. I’m excited to see the innovative ways
  • Commander's Corner: resiliency, endurance, perseverance

    “Cause sometimes you just feel tired, feel weak; and when you feel weak, you feel like you wanna just give up; but you gotta search within you to try to find that inner strength … and get that motivation to not give up ...”         – Marshall MathersWe talk a lot about the vital skill of resiliency, but along with that comes the need for
  • Commander's Corner: COVID's Fourth Wave

    Holding the 403rd Wing August Unit Training Assembly in the midst of the COVID-19 “Fourth Wave” is weighing heavily on my mind. We had some positive tests within the wing coming out of the July UTA and have had a few more in the weeks since. I’m worried by the fact that area hospitals have seen more than a 400% increase in COVID patients in the
  • Airman empowerment

    403rd Wing,I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to take command of the 403rd Wing, and my family is right there with me in that excitement! This wing is our extended family and it brings me so much joy that my primary duty is to care for its members.At the ceremony in June, I said that every time you hear “Wing of Choice” I want you to think, “I have
  • Pride through a lens

    By definition pride is a feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.It is also a consciousness of one’s own dignity.Colloquially, in the LGBTQ+ community, Pride is a rainbow-heavy, month-long
  • Mental Health Awareness Month: Helping resources

    Wing of Choice,I hope everyone had a great May Unit Training Assembly and enjoyed the time back together. It almost felt like normal.Since May is Mental Health Awareness month, I wanted to push out some of the many resources available to you all as part of the 403rd Wing and military community.You may not need help yourself, but according to the
  • Command Chief bids wing farewell

    For those participating in person this weekend, it’s been a while, and it will be nice seeing your faces again even if you are masked up! Welcome back; but sadly, goodbye as well. This will be my last Unit Training Assembly as the 403rd Wing Command Chief. As always, change happens. For those who aren’t aware, a command chief tour is normally three
  • Chat Money—Seize the Pandemic Opportunities

    Editor’s note: Kristy Tubbs, AFC, FFC, provides financial briefings for Air Force Reserve Command Yellow Ribbon events. As the founder of Piece of Heart Financial Counseling, she has been providing wealth building budgeting and financial workshops to service members and their families for the past 31 years.  Kristy is a member of the Association of
  • 'Tis the season ... Happy Holidays!

    ‘Tis the season for the three Rs.No, I’m not talking about reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmatic. I’m talking about the need to refill, rejuvenate, and reconnect.With all that 2020 threw our way, it’s understandable that we’re tired, worn out and frustrated. That’s why - this year in particular - it’s even more important than ever to take some time over
  • Turn COVID+ into a positive: donate plasma

    So, you tested positive for Covid-19 and immobilized your whole shop for two weeks?It happens.Okay maybe it doesn’t, but it happened to me.At the beginning of October I got a call from a friend I had recently been around. They tested positive and were doing their due diligence to alert those they had been in contact with.Despite the fact that I was
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