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  • We can choose resiliency

    Often in my work as the director of psychological health, I encounter Airmen seeking assistance in dealing with major life changes. Some of these changes include divorce, medical issues, financial issues and unwanted career changes like medical board separations and retirements.  Typically, in these situations Airmen can see themselves as “broken”
  • New Reserve Citizen Airman provides insight about medical career paths

    Editor’s note: Second Lt. Daniel Clesi is a member of the Air Force Reserve’s 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, with the 403rd Wing at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. The lieutenant is a medical service corps officer in the 36th AES’s Operation Flight in Mission Management. During the week he works for the U.S. Department of Veterans
  • Happy Holidays: Enjoy season, get ready for 2019

    It’s that time of year where we reflect and give thanks for the freedoms and blessings we enjoy as an American. You, the Citizen Airmen, civilians, family members and employers of the 403rd Wing contribute to this incredible team that keeps our nation safe.As I reflect on this year, I am thankful to serve as your commander in what I believe to be
  • 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