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  • Will things ever be the same? Have they changed?

    As I make my rounds and have had an opportunity to talk to members of the 302nd Airlift Wing there are always two prominent questions I've asked myself: What happened to"Customs and Courtesies" and "Are we heading in the right direction?"Growing up in a military family, I was introduced to customs and courtesies the old fashion way: I learned to
  • 302nd Airlift Wing's citizen Airmen are ready to fly, fight, win

    After two years of planning and preparing, this October our Wing was put to the test. It was time to deploy and execute our mission. It was time to show our Air Mobility Command inspectors the members of this Wing have what it takes to deploy, position, employ and sustain forces -- and survive and operate under attack during the Operational
  • Medical group implements smoke-free campus

    Fellow Airmen, welcome to fall...an absolutely wonderful time of year in Colorado and for our nation. Especially with the World Series upon us, football kicking off, cooling temps, chili in the crock...and yet again all eyes on America's Team, the Dallas Cowboys, pushing toward another Super Bowl ring! What a great time of year to recharge our
  • Obscure offenses in the UCMJ can endanger Airmen's careers

    Ignorance of the law is no excuse -- Airmen must understand the Uniform Code of Military Justice or risk destroying their careers. The 21st Space Wing Base Legal Office briefs incoming enlisted Airmen on the basics of the UCMJ, but many of the lesser-known offenses are harder to remember. Most Airmen are aware of the "big three" categories of UCMJ
  • It's time to focus on ORI

    This is it. We are now just days away from the start of the ORI. We've been planning and preparing for this for quite some time. The ORE, which was held at the start of the June UTA, was a great opportunity for each of us to put our skills and preparations to the test in a deployed environment. The ORE demonstrated we are ready and exactly where we
  • Service obligation starts by telling employer

    In any relationship, it's important to have open lines of communication. That's particularly true for Citizen Airmen when they deal with their civilian employers.When you are going to be away from your civilian job for military service, you are required by law to notify your employer before starting your duty. Regardless of your duty status -
  • 302nd Airlift Wing recognized as outstanding unit

    In early May I received word from Lt. Gen. Charles E. Stenner, Jr., Air Force Reserve Commander, the members of the 302nd Airlift Wing had earned the 2011 Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. We were one of only two C-130 wings and one of only ten Air Force Reserve organizations to receive this recognition for the award's time period. This is an
  • Days of remembrance

    The month of April has been designated in our country to observe a particular experience profoundly marking our history, known as the Holocaust or Days of Remembrance. Most people understand the terrible atrocities from this chapter in history, but maybe we should explore the importance of observing and remembering this tragic event. There is a
  • It's show time, the ORE is upon us

    The stage has been set, the players identified, we've rehearsed and now we are ready to proceed. With only two Unit Training Assemblies before our Operational Readiness Exercise, we are now fine tuning our processes and making a detailed review of our individual readiness. It's the attention to every detail and competence in both core duties and
  • Never saw this coming: Lessons learned in trying times

    I had the world by the tail: U. S. Air Force Academy graduate, Air Force pilot, six-time commander, 30-year Air Force career, and two stars; fit, healthy and strong. But subtle problems appeared out of nowhere: occasional vertigo, mild persistent headaches, cognitive challenges, having to stop during a hard run. I went to see the flight surgeon and