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  • Nuclear Deterrence

    "Nuclear deterrence is the United States Air Force's number one mission set." We have all heard this quote. At times it can be difficult to believe in light of the overwhelming demands from the Global War on Terrorism.  Some say that the Air Force walk doesn't match the talk. In perception, this may be true but, nothing could be further from the
  • The Base Honor Guard - A Great Way to Serve

    As we begin yet another year with our nation involved in active combat operations, there are thousands of brave American men and women doing incredible things every day to ensure our freedoms and protect our way of life at home and abroad. We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to each of them as they accomplish this great task. At the same time,
  • The Next Generation of Air Guardsmen

    When I look at the Air National Guard today, compared to years past, many of today's airmen look at joining the ANG, get their college paid for, meet their original commitment and move on vs. looking at their enlistment as a part time career and investment. Today, the ANG has a huge retention gap in the middle enlisted force structure (Senior
  • Be Prepared; Now, More Than Ever

    As I look back over my 33 plus year career in the Air National Guard I have seen a lot of changes in the world and in our military.  In November 1989, the Iron Curtain fell and the Soviet Union disintegrated a couple years later.  Since that time, the U.S. military has been downsized in both personnel and equipment like never before but the threats
  • Who Are You?

    It is a great question. For us old-timer's, it's the title of a popular song composed by Pete Townsend and became the title track of The Who's 1978 album, Who Are You.So, who are you? What defines you? What identifies you? When you tell someone you're in the Air National Guard, what does that mean? Why do we have the Air National Guard? What is its
  • 117th Intel Squadron Streamlines Processes

    The Intelligence Squadron at the 117th Air Refueling Wing executed a plan this weekend to clean up, organize much needed space and work more efficiently.Capt. Brian Baltz, Assistant Director of Operations and Officer in charge of Systems at the 117th Intelligence Squadron recognized a need to improve an existing process by implementing a
  • 117 ARW MEOC Supports Alabama Department of Public Safety

         After countless hours spent on training, exercises and testing, the 117th Air Refueling Wing Mobile Emergency Operations Center, or MEOC deployed for its first real world assignment.   On October 16, 2014, Emergency Management personnel from the 117 ARW was tasked to support the Alabama Department of Public Safety as the Alabama State Troopers
  • Your Verdict

    If you were to stand before a judge and account for your life, what would your verdict be?  Let's look at the areas of accountability and determine the appropriate judgment.Family Leader:  Did you engage in every aspect of your family, communicating fully, advising wisely and yet loving with all of your heart.  Did you spend time with your kids,
  • Patriotism

    With this being the month of November and Veteran's Day celebrated on the 11th, I was thinking about patriotism and what it really means. According to most dictionaries, patriotism means devotion to one's country, concern for its defense, and willingness to sacrifice for it.There are many ways to demonstrate patriotism. One of the more obvious ways
  • For Your Situational Awareness!

    Our What? What is Situational Awareness? Many of you hear the term daily and don't really know what it means. Well, with the help of two articles written by Scott Stewart and Fred Burton, I will briefly try to explain what the term situational awareness is and how we can put it into practice in our own lives. We live in a dangerous world. There are
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