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  • Honoring the first African-American chief from the 137 SOW

    Who was the first black chief master sergeant at the 137th Special Operations Wing?  This is a question that I asked when my office began to prepare for African-American Heritage Month a little more than a year ago.  What I realized, ultimately, was that I should have been asking a different question.  Information about our first black chief was
  • Service before citizen

    I, and anyone else born as American citizens, will never fully understand the comforts and opportunities that U.S. citizenship can offer. Born into a first world country with the freedoms of an American citizen has perks that are offered in few places, perks many of us cannot fully understand without witnessing or experiencing life outside of our
  • The Waltermire apple and the Waltermire tree

    Dedication. It's an important aspect of everyday life. A lot of personal and professional successes wouldn't be possible without it, and there is a very specific part of the American population whose everyday lives are ruled by this principle. This is the less-than-one-percent of people serving America's military. Veteran's Day is dedicated to all
  • Sex trafficking: don't think it doesn't happen here

         We know that sex trafficking happens in other parts of the world, yet we do not think it is happening in our backyard.     We promise the 'American Dream,' but we also hold the title of the second highest destination in the world for trafficked women and children.  Their lives are sold for $2,000 (at most) to the predators who buy
  • OPSEC - Protecting your identity from theft

         Now that vacation time is here, remember that many companies collect personal information from their customers, including names, addresses, phone numbers, bank and credit card account numbers, income and cash histories, and even Social Security Numbers.     As a result of the breadth of information available from so many sources, stories
  • Unit Compliance Inspection – Showtime!

         A unit compliance inspection is one of the single most significant inspections a base can receive. According to Air Mobility Command Instruction 90-201, The Inspection System, UCIs are conducted to assess areas mandated by law as well as mission areas identified by senior Air Force and major command leaders as critical or important to the
  • 'Stand Down 2010' to be implemented over June UTA

    Due to a number of recent fatal mishaps and suicides, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force has directed all United States Air Force units to conduct a half day stand down called "Stand Down 2010".The objective of the Stand Down 2010 is to call attention to the tragic loss of Airmen to private motor vehicle accidents, to call attention to the rise in
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