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Mentoring Moments: Chief Master Sgt. April Smurda Mentoring Moments: Chief Master Sgt. April Smurda
A defining moment; a moment that shapes and molds who you become can happen at any point in your life. For Chief Master Sgt. April Smurda, that defining moment came when she became a first time mom while serving in the U.S. Air Force. Smurda, the 354th Operations Group superintendent, entered into the delayed entry program when she was just 17. She knew she didn’t want to attend college, so she used her cousin as inspiration to join the Air Force. Two months after graduation, Smurda was on her way to Basic Military Training.
0 9/14
2017
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach, Alaskan Command commander, and U.S. Air Force Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, Air Force Materiel Command commander, look at a cold weather gear display during an Arctic Security Expedition Sept. 8, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Air Force senior leaders from Headquarters Air Force and major commands visited Eielson AFB and other locations in Alaska to learn and discuss the challenges units face operating in the Arctic region and the affects climate change may have on their mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla) Arctic Security Expedition: AF leaders visit Eielson, gain insight to U.S. Arctic ops
Air Force senior leaders from Headquarters Air Force and several major commands visited Eielson Air Force Base and other locations in Alaska during an Arctic Security Expedition Sept 8-9.
0 9/13
2017
Celebrating 70 years of Air Power Celebrating 70 years of Air Power
Since Sept. 18, 1947, the Air Force has been providing critical air power to defend the United States. We have strived to protect the freedoms afforded to us and have made advances in technology and airframes. From the Bell X-1 Glamorous Glennis aircraft to the F-35A Lightning II aircraft, the Air Force has lived by the motto “higher, faster and farther.” Capt. Charles “Chuck” Yeager made the first step toward history when he took his first flight on the Bell XS-1, a rocket-powered USAF research plane.
0 8/02
2017
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Regan Patrick, a Profession of Arms Center of Excellence instructor, speaks to Airmen from the 354th Fighter Wing about systematic thinking April 13, 2016, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The talk was part of a professional development seminar themed ‘Enhancing Human Capital’. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaac Johnson) Enhancing human capital one talk at a time
Airmen of all ranks gathered together April 11 and 13 for a professional and personal growth seminar at the Ernie Walker theater. Themed “Enhancing Human Capital” and open to all military, civilian employees and spouses, the seminar covered a range of current and evolving topics including, communication techniques, leading others, mandate verses organic leadership skills, knowing your people, developing productive and healthy relationships and eliminating personal bias’.
0 4/18
2017
Air Force Col. Michael P. Winkler, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, announces the Secretary of the Air Force’s signed decision to select Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, as the location of the Air Force’s first F-35A operational base in the Pacific Air Forces’ Area of Responsibility during an April 4, 2016, ceremony at Eielson. Basing the F-35s at Eielson will allow the Air Force the capability of using the largest airspace in the Air Force in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex for large-force exercises, ensuring realistic combat training for the Department of Defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Karen J. Tomasik/Released) Eielson selected to receive operational F-35A aircraft
Col. Michael P. Winkler, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, announced the Secretary of the Air Force’s signed decision to select Eielson Air Force Base as the new home for the service’s first operational overseas F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation fighter aircraft base during an April 4, 2016, ceremony at Eielson.Air Force officials chose Eielson
0 4/07
2016
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