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  • The Personal Aspect of Full Spectrum Readiness

    The commander of Air Mobility Command, Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, has established readiness and enabling warfighter lethality as a primary focus for AMC.  He describes full spectrum readiness as the way the Air Force maintains the skills and knowledge required to deploy quickly and operate

  • Why Did You Join The Military?

    I have been asked this question many times over the years, mainly by those outside the military, so I decided to ask others in this Wing why they joined the Guard or Active Duty.  The top reasons that I got were:·         A calling to serve or patriotism·         Adventure·         Travel·        

  • Post-Deployment Health Assessments and Stress

    Since the 1990s, the United States military has deployed hundreds of thousands of troops to the Middle East and other parts of the world. During deployment, military personnel face hostile actions, infectious disease, and many physical and mental stressors. Although the Department of Defense has had

  • Changes in the Air National Guard

    I enlisted on Jan 11, 1990, and I can promise you the Air National Guard has changed in the 27 years I’ve been in the 117th Air Refueling Wing.  Change is never easy, especially when the changes look mostly bad.  We’re are now worried about OPR and EPR bullets, our operations tempo is up, the

  • Blessed and Thankful

    The month of November is a month set aside by our nation to remember our blessings and to give thanks for them.  There are two federal holidays in November, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Day.  Veterans Day is set aside to say thank you to the men and women that have sacrificed so much for our nation

  • What's Your Why?

    Why did you get up this morning?  Why did you join the Air National Guard?  Why do you come to drill?  We all need to have a laser focus on our why.  Our why is what keeps us going when we’re tired.  Our why is what gives us the extra boost to get over the top, and our why is what makes us great.My

  • Far Above Ordinary

    When you open the homepage of the Air National Guard’s recruiting website at, you will find the following post immediately grabbing your attention:“The sky is no limit. The Air Guard is a unique military branch that offers opportunities you won't find in any other organization on the

  • Medical Reporting And Your Responsibilities

    What are your responsibilities as an Air National Guard member when it comes to medical reporting?Throughout my career in the Air Force, many Air Guard members frequently ask the same question. “What are my responsibilities, as a member, to provide medical information?” “When and how often?”There

  • What Is The CCAF And Why Should You Be A Graduate?

    I am confident over the past couple of years that you have heard someone encourage you to enroll in the Community College of the Air Force.  Hopefully, you are fully aware of what the CCAF is and why you should be working to obtain an Associate’s Degree from the CCAF.  If you are not as familiar

  • New Beginnings

    New beginnings are always an exciting time.  Whether it is a new job or hobby, the start of a new beginning in your life can be filled with great excitement.  This fresh start encourages us to be the best we can be in our new role or adventure.A new job pushes us to impress our boss and coworkers by