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  • Learning from Sergeant Giunta

    On the night of Oct. 25, 2007, during a patrol in the mountains of Afghanistan, seven U.S. Army Soldiers were ambushed in a well-coordinated attack by Taliban fighters. On that night, the heroic actions of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta earned himself a place in history as the first living member since Vietnam to be awarded the Medal of
  • AFRC commander sends holiday greetings

    As we celebrate this holiday season and prepare for the challenges of 2011, I want to thank you for serving our nation as Citizen Airmen.You have stepped up to meet every tasking given to you. You airlifted much needed aid to disaster victims, deployed to Afghanistan, helped usher in a new era in Iraq or supported other contingency operations
  • FRONT & CENTER: 2010: a year of many achievements for the wing

    As this year draws to a close and I think about all we've accomplished during the last 12 months, I can't help but be extremely proud of the many outstanding achievements throughout this great Wing.Each unit within the 302nd has made significant and important contributions to maintain our overall readiness and at the same time, each continues to
  • Recognizing Veterans Day

    As the son of a U.S. Army veteran, I often say that I've been in the military my entire life. My father, Army Command Sgt. Maj. Joe Spears, served our nation for 30 years and retired from active duty in the spring of 1989.His primary occupation was in the field of intelligence and his missions took him all over the world and through several
  • FRONT & CENTER: Recognizing 'Family Day,' deployers

    While July concluded the Air Force's "Year of the Air Force Family," the 302nd closed out YoAFF with its annual August UTA Family Day picnic. I would like to thank everyone who brought their families and friends to Family Day this year.The attendance was outstanding, and I am pleased so many of you were able to show your appreciation to your
  • Taking care of our 'Deployment Family'

    Approximately 150 Airmen from both the 302nd Maintenance and Operations Groups deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. All of them have left loved ones and friends behind for the next four months to cope with everyday life without them.In addition to the deployers from this package, there are a number of
  • Maintaining, balancing your 'Reserve Triad'

    How do you do it? How do you balance your family, civilian job, Reserve career and school priorities?It's not always easy and there are often tough decisions to make. My previous assignment was as an Individual Mobilization Augmentee. My family and my civilian job were in Illinois while my Air Force Reserve position was in Oklahoma. Juggling the
  • FRONT & CENTER: Reintroducing the 'Wingman concept'

    On Sunday afternoon of the June Unit Training Assembly, units within the 302nd Airlift Wing took time away from regular training activities to call attention to the recent rise in Air Force suicides, the tragic loss of Airmen to private motor vehicle accidents and to reintroduce the Wingman concept. Even though the stand down has ended, I encourage
  • AF safety officials launch 'Critical Days of Summer' campaign

    S is for Summer ... and Safety too!It's that time of year again! Spring is here in full force, summer is right around the corner and that can only mean one thing: time for Air Force safety officials to kick off the Critical Days of Summer safety campaign, May 28 through September 7. As much as you would like to think that nothing could happen to
  • Think of yourself as an athlete!

    How would you behave differently if others thought of you as an athlete? Would you eat healthier? Work out more? A big part of how we act every day depends on how we see ourselves. If you're a parent, chances are you're not staying out late regularly and most of your conversations revolve around your kids. The same holds true for recreational