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  • A farewell letter from our command chief

    Dear 445th Family, It has been an honor to call the 445th Airlift Wing “my home” for nearly 20 years of my 36 years of military service.
  • Remembering those who gave all

    As we approach the first major holiday of 2017, Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have given their all for our country. Over the course of my career, I’ve seen many people confuse Memorial Day for Veteran’s Day or for Independence Day. Those are significant holidays in their own right, but Memorial Day is set aside as a singular day to
  • Cyber Wingman

    What is a wingman? Before I joined the Air Force, I would have described it as Maverick and Goose sitting in their fighter jet together. Since then, I learned a different meaning of this term “Wingman.” A wingman is someone who looks out for their peers and holds themselves accountable for what their peers do. A wingman is someone who upholds Air Force standards and continues to do so even when no one is looking. This concept also applies throughout social media.
  • New beginnings

    For many of us, the month of May contains the day we have long awaited - graduation. This important milestone could be a personal achievement or we could be celebrating with a family member or loved one. Though graduation seems like the end, it is actually a new beginning. For a kindergartener, it is the beginning of elementary school, for an
  • TAKE 5 on Cinco de Mayo

    Many celebrate Mexican American heritage May 5 in what is fondly thought of as Cinco de Mayo, a vibrant celebration of Latin music, food, dance and more. I want to suggest that this Cinco de Mayo, we TAKE 5.TAKE 5 is a formula that one can apply to many situations where a decision needs to be made. This is how the formula sounds, “How will what I
  • Earth Day 2017: Conserve today, secure tomorrow

    I would like to take a moment to remind Airmen to keep the mission in mind as the Air Force observes the 47th annual Earth Day April 22, 2017. The Air Force’s theme for Earth Day 2017 is: Conserve Today. Secure Tomorrow.
  • Maintaining trust on social media

    I’ve heard it most of my life. From high school coaches, college professors, drill sergeants and business leaders: communication is key. For both good and bad, communicating, connecting and sharing is more widespread than ever. Technology has changed how we interact. We can text or tweet friends around the world, FaceTime family in an instant, and
  • Millennial Airmen

    "I think millennials are a generation unlike anything we've ever seen." -- Chelsea KrostIt was a post like nothing I've seen. A millennial talking trash about millennials. There she was, a young lady in her early twenties, rattling off all of the popular criticisms of her own generation she believes are true. Here are a few of the things she had to
  • Let's have a cup of coffee

    Regardless of your profession, many of us have been in positions defining the required leadership and management qualifications as an expectation of our ability to execute our office. But like many things, no two are alike and not one will prevail without the help of another.
  • From the Top

    The fundamental question we have to ask ourselves every day as Reserve Citizen Airmen is, “Are we ready?” Are we ready to respond within 72 hours and provide combat-ready forces to fly, fight and win?I believe it is critical to understand what it means to truly be ready, and it’s vitally important to hear it from your leadership. Chief Master Sgt.