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  • 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
  • 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