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  • 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
  • Commander’s Corner: Winter is a GREAT time to stay active, try new sports and challenge yourself

    By the time you read this, I should be on my way to Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron, N.M. for some winter camping with Kirtland's Scout Troop 85. The camping adventure is called Kanik, Inuit for snowflake, and its purpose is to show us how to camp comfortably in cold weather. I realize that camping in the winter in the mountains of New Mexico
  • Career Focus: Take care of your Airmen

    You hear it and read it everywhere: "Take care of your Airman." It is the Airman's roll call topic for Dec. 19, and the "Season for Caring." How do you take care of your Airmen if you don't know what their needs are? Here are three tools I have used to take care of my Airmen. First, get to know them; second, get involved; and third, maintain open
  • Commander’s Corner: Have a happy holiday, and don’t forget to come back safely – we need you!

    This is the time of year when we traditionally take stock of our trials, tribulations, and accomplishments, and remember the things we have to be thankful for, especially the people who enrich our lives. The anticipation of spending time with them makes the season joyful for most of us. We have much to be proud of this year, especially the noble
  • Commander’s Corner: Recognizing AF 60th Anniversary participants

    We're at mid-December and close to wrapping up 2007, and concluding the chapter of a year-long celebration, commemorating 60 years of the U.S. Air Force. There have been a lot of events tied to that tribute, a lot of attention paid to just how far this service has come in just 60 years. In the words of the Airman's Creed, we are the nation's "sword
  • Career Focus: Three life lessons learned

    It is with great honor that I introduce myself to you as your Team Kirtland career assistance advisor. I am Master Sgt. Mariana G. Sobolewski, originally born and raised in a small town northwest of Bakersfield, Calif., named Wasco to a die-hard Tex-Mex father and an immigrant mother from Mexico. My parents wanted more for their children than the
  • Battle the ‘holiday blues’ this holiday season

    The other night, while flipping through the channels, I ran across a Christmas special on TV. It was an old one about the year without Santa Claus. In it, a little girl sang about having a "blue Christmas without you." It reminded me that this is a time of year when many people get the "blues." Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Eid,
  • Airmail: Drivers here are out of control! What can be done?

    Unsafe driving practices on base are becoming out of control! Is there anything that can be done? I have recently noticed a sharp increase of interest and concern regarding traffic violations on Kirtland AFB, specifically in our school zones, residential neighborhoods, and violations by those who use short-cuts to by-pass road construction. To help
  • Career Focus: Many specialties but one team, one family

    It seems like yesterday that I wrote my first Career Focus article for the Nucleus. Actually, it was June of 2005. Writing this article has always been the strangest part of my duties because I'm not really comfortable with writing. I'm the crusty old aircraft mechanic who loves to fix problems using the fewest written words as possible.
  • Commander’s Corner: How green is your Air Force?

    The Air Force has been practicing environmentally responsible decision-making for a long time. Beyond using renewable energy sources Air Force wide, you don't have to look far to see the important role Kirtland AFB is playing in protecting our environment here and in the communities around us. On Nov. 1, Kirtland received the 2007 Federal Energy
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