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  • Have a safe, happy holiday season

    With the holidays quickly approaching, I wanted to share a few thoughts before 2019 comes to an end.First, I want to thank each and every one of you for all that you do. From multiple deployments to humanitarian aid to community service, your list of accomplishments is truly astonishing -- and too long to list here!  I, and your country, appreciate
  • You are my heroes

    From one veteran to another, I want to thank you for your service and the sacrifices you have made for this great nation.
  • An Airman's journey: The longest year

    Traditionally … and scientifically … and all of the adverbs … a year consists of 365 days, but in the case of my operational Air Force career, I would say my first year took approximately 1,500 days to complete.It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. Most importantly, it was the most rewarding of times.It started in 2015; the year I
  • 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.