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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody meets with Airmen from the 86 Airlift Wing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, March 26, 2013. Cody visited with members of Team Ramstein to share the Air Force strategic vision. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Caitlin O'Neil-McKeown) EPR system not broken if used correctly
I'm not certain how many of you had an opportunity to watch Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody's recent comments regarding the enlisted performance report, but I strongly recommend you take a minute to visit the Air Force Portal and check it out. Our leaders at the very highest levels are encouraging us, once again, to apply our
0 7/09
2013
Default Air Force Logo Following water safety tips can help Airmen, families stay cool
In the heat of the Las Vegas summer, triple-digit temperatures have become a daily reality, and Airmen are spending much of their off-duty time looking for ways to stay cool. Lake Mead and the new local water park are two popular options for cooling off and having fun. While each of these options can be a great way to stay cool and have fun this
0 7/09
2013
Default Air Force Logo Staying prepared for freak weather
I just got home after a long day of work Sept. 8, 2011, when the phone rang. It was Senior Master Sgt. Lee Smith, the 99th Civil Engineer Squadron Emergency Management superintendent. He said I needed to return to base, the base had been hit by a microburst causing a base-wide power outage.I have been the Nellis AFB emergency manager since
0 6/20
2013
Senior Airman Brett Clashman, 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, takes photos from the back of a C-17 Globemaster III during the Joint Forcible Entry exercise May 31 over the Nevada Test and Training Range. During the exercise, C-17s dropped service members and heavy equipment into simulated contested drop zones. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz) JFEX through a new Airman's eyes
"The drop is in 12 minutes!" shouted a crew member, struggling to be heard over the roar of the mighty C-17 Globemaster III's four engines, each putting out approximately 40,000 pounds of thrust. Quickly I made my way down the ladder from the flight deck and started the perilous walk towards my seat at the very end of the C-17's massive fuselage,
0 6/05
2013
Default Air Force Logo 'An Innovator's DNA:' Col. John Boyd
Surprisingly, few Airmen have heard of Col. John Boyd, with far fewer aware of his innovative contributions to the advancement of modern-day air power. As the month of May closed and Air Staff feverishly reviewed thousands of innovative ideas submitted by young Airmen, I thought it appropriate to recognize an Airman who committed his entire career
0 6/05
2013
Default Air Force Logo Counting down days: Three steps to prepare for deployment at home
The 30 minute drive to the airport seemed quicker than usual. My wife, who stared at me as I drove down the highway, slowly leaned her head on my shoulder as if to reassure me that everything would be alright."It's only six months," she said softly. "I know that everything will be OK." I nodded; acknowledging what she said, but in reality my mind
0 5/07
2013
Default Air Force Logo Getting back to basics; Following standards on base
I was in the office and a staff sergeant I work with noticed someone walking across a parking lot to the flight kitchen with no hat and no blouse on. I was shocked at what I saw. So much so, I left the office and went into the flight kitchen to let this person know that he must wear his hat and blouse. There is an authorized no-hat area between
0 5/03
2013
Default Air Force Logo Mission Focus versus Mission Detractors
Our mission to fly, fight and win in numerous environments requires intense focus ... minute by minute. If we lose this focus, we risk our mission.Red Flag 13-3 just finished. During this demanding time, we all safely accomplished weapons school, advanced operational tests, Thunderbird season preparation, aggressor operations and base-wide warfare
0 4/03
2013
Default Air Force Logo Parent of autistic child asks 'why not?'
I was truly speechless the moment after his delivery. It was within those first 60 seconds when he was placed on my chest that my world completely changed. Children define the phrase "life altering." They bring love, panic, laughter, tears, distraction, frustration and every stray animal in the neighborhood, while we pray they teach us the patience
0 4/03
2013
The No. 43 car, driven by Aric Almirola, races around the track during the Kobalt Tools 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Mar. 10, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nev. Almirola is a Cuban-American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racecar driver, currently driving the No. 43 Smithfield Foods/United States Air Force/STP Ford  for Richard Petty Motorsports. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster) Chance of a lifetime; Maj. gets most from volunteer experience
We all hear about the myriad of volunteer opportunities available on and off base. Our leaders encourage us to get out in the local community and represent the Air Force. Sometimes we go; other times we just get busy.We might volunteer in order to fill one last line on our quarterly award package or performance report. The best kind of volunteer
0 3/18
2013
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