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U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Elias Zani, 354th Fighter Wing Public Affairs deputy public affairs officer, prepares to build a thermalized A-frame shelter during Artic Survival School training Feb. 6, 2014, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. A portion of the training required Zani to construct a shelter to sleep in through the night. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Turner/Released) Cool School keeps Iceman ready to go at 50 below
I think of myself as a relatively fit and adventurous person. I was raised near Cincinnati, Ohio, where I have raced every distance I could find up to a full marathon. I went to school at the University of Tennessee, hiking parts of the Appalachian Trail, backpacking through the Smokies and rock climbing by the Obed River. I graduated from the
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2014
Default Air Force Logo Permanent Fund Dividend: Benefits of Alaskan Life
The Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD), or Alaska Dividend, is a unique yearly dividend for Alaska residents. In 1959, Alaska's largest oil reserve was discovered and it became clear as the pipeline was constructed that Alaska would accrue a great deal of wealth from its oil reserves. So in 1976, Alaska amended its constitution to dedicate approximately
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2013
Default Air Force Logo Priorities and intent
First, I want to say what an incredible privilege it is for JoAnn and me to continue our service here where our homeland joins the Pacific, among many friends and in a place so important to our nation's future. While the current fiscal environment makes traveling to the unique locales you call home difficult, the jobs each of you do every day are
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2013
Default Air Force Logo Remember the value of your service
To the men and women of Pacific Air Forces and to our veterans from all services, please accept my very sincere "thank you." You have answered our Nation's call and I'm humbled by your service. This Monday marks the 95th anniversary of the signing of the armistice which brought an end to World War I. That was the first year we commemorated what
0 11/07
2013
Default Air Force Logo Hope in the darkest hour
I recently heard a story of a young man who woke up every day and asked himself what he had to live for. Most would think that was a fairly common question. For this young man however, the difference was the number of reasons he could come up with to live for determined the number of bullets he would put into the clip of his handgun. If he could
0 10/08
2013
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jeremy Davis, 354th Operations Group first sergeant, Senior Airman James Porter, 354th Force Support Squadron career development technician, and Staff Sgt. Daniel Klinger, 354th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuel service center controller, speak about their experiences with the Air Force Assistance Fund at the base chapel March 11, 2013, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.  Davis recollected how AFAF helped evacuate his family during the Hurricane Katrina crisis.  Eielson’s campaign runs through April 19. For more information, contact your unit AFAF Key Worker.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Peter Reft) AFAF: Eielson's Commitment to Caring
It is that time of year again, when Airmen pull together to make a contribution for the greater good, enriching the lives of our fellow wingmen. Eielson's Air Force Assistance Fund campaign runs March 11 through April 19, continuing the tradition of giving back to our fellow Airmen.AFAF was established to provide for an annual effort to raise funds
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2013
Default Air Force Logo COMPACAF sends Veterans Day message
The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks a monumental time in the history of mankind. On that day, November 11, 1918, an armistice went into effect between the Allied Forces and Germany, effectively marking an end of hostilities in the First World War.President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11, 1919, as the first
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2012
Default Air Force Logo Hispanic Heritage Month: Uniting diversity through celebration
As you know, many of the Airmen serving our nation are of Hispanic heritage who have courageously answered our nation's call to serve. The U.S. Air Force, and our country, is stronger today because of their service. So for those of you who have family member or friends currently serving, let me begin by saying "thank you." We are honored by your
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2012
Default Air Force Logo Air Force as family
Recent events in the 354th Security Forces Squadron have reminded me of the incredible importance of every Air Force member adopting the concept that the Air Force is an extended family.We recently had a member of the Eielson Defenders wounded in action in Afghanistan. In the hours and days after the event, the Air Force family rallied to the side
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2012
Default Air Force Logo Make the time
I hear every day that winter is coming soon and think to myself, "I've only been here a few weeks. It can't possibly be coming that quickly!" But like it or not, it is coming and we have to get ready.I still have to winterize my vehicles. I'll get to it. Then there's that mountain of boxes in the garage waiting to be moved to make space for
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2012
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