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  • 9/11 anniversary is a time for remembrance

    This weekend marks the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and the bravery of passengers on Flight 93; later this year, we will mark the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In both cases, our adversaries underestimated the resilience, dedication and spirit of the American
  • Americans’ freedom paid for by patriots

    Of all the principles that became a reality with the birth of our nation, none is more cherished by our citizens than their freedom to live as they choose.All Americans enjoy that freedom as their birthright, and many have chosen to defend that freedom by serving the nation, both in and out of uniform.Those who serve know that freedom and
  • Strong leadership holds the line

    In my experience, effective leaders demonstrate a team approach without favoritism toward anyone. Good leaders are good listeners, who provide clear and concise direction on decision-making, articulate their message well and keep emotions out of the decision process. Ineffective leaders demonstrate large egos, a "so-what" mentality toward the
  • Remembering Sept. 11

    Tomorrow will mark the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and regardless of where people were that day, I imagine everyone at first was numb with shock. On that day nine years ago, I was assigned to the Pentagon and lived the horror of the attack on our nation firsthand.The initial reports were vague, but as the day went
  • Spirit of the Tiger

    The emblem of the 377th Air Base Wing features both a stylized aircraft and the head of a tiger. What that says to me is that our mission - providing nuclear surety in defense of our nation - means we must act with the spirit of the tiger. Like the tiger, we must prove ourselves to be strong enough to dissuade any potential adversary -- engaging us
  • I'll call him "Rick"

    In the words of his military friends and co-workers, Rick was one of the greatest guys you'd ever want to meet: A hard working NCO in a high operations tempo unit, a family man, a compassionate friend always seeking opportunities to help others in his unit succeed. Rick was humble, they said. He would never take credit for his talents, instead
  • Commander’s Corner: Top 10 things to do

    Some of you may have seen a recently popular book titled "1000 Places to See Before You Die." In a less ambitious list, Smith¬sonian magazine this month lists their "28 Places to See Before You Die." As military members, many of us get travel opportunities that few others enjoy. And yet, we are probably all familiar with the feeling you get about
  • Career Focus: Team Kirtland, developing their Airmen

    Developing Airmen is one of three Air Force priorities. One way Kirtland Airmen can develop themselves and their subordinates is by attending professional enhancement seminars. Airmen and junior noncommissioned officer enhancement courses are offered quarterly and the senior noncommissioned officer induction seminar is also offered semi-annually.
  • Commander's Corner: A New Year's Wish: Health and fitness for all

    Congratulations to the 377th Services Squadron for your nomination for the Eugene L. Eubank (Small Unit) Award! This operation will represent the Materiel Command in the upcoming Air Force competition recognizing the best Services operations in the Air Force. Once again, a part of Team Kirtland is being singled out for continued excellence. You are
  • Airmail: Why is the gate at the RV lot often unlocked?

    Question: For much of the six months that my trailer has been parked in the RV lot, the gate has not been functional. Each of the five times I went to the lot, the gate was open. I've spoken with others who had the same experience. I know there are true issues and concerns facing the wing, however, my frustration level with the lack of attention
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