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  • Got Courage?

    You may not have met Technical Sergeant Stephen McGrath, but he works in the Explosive Ordinance Disposal shop here. On Nov. 18, 2007, Sergeant McGrath was on a deployment in Iraq when an enemy force engaged him and a platoon of soldiers with direct small arms fire. He responded admirably under the pressure of this intense, life-threatening
  • Key principles to help you win in 2010

    Like many of you, I enjoyed the college football bowl games that occurred over the past week. Each team that competed had a winning season, and you can believe that none of them became successful by accident. The coaches and staff of these teams did more than hope for success; as a wise man once told me, "hope is not a plan." These leaders spent
  • Doing time in Alaska

    As we begin the second half of our long winter and daylight hours begin to grow, many people in Alaska start to get cabin fever. Being cooped up all winter with the lack of daylight is a tough situation for most families to face, especially for the first time. I think back to when my family and I first arrived here in Alaska, late October 2008, and
  • 11th AF/CC gives holiday message

    With the holiday season upon us, Chief Master Sgt. Robert Moore and I want to offer a sincere thank you to you and your families for your dedication to our nation and our mission here in Alaska. Your commitment and personal sacrifices, along with those of your family, have ensured our success in 2009 and will propel us forward into 2010. While we
  • The Christmas Spirit

    Christmas: It means so many things to so many people - for some, the birth of a savior; for others, a time to reflect; and for still more, a time to share with family and friends. And for a vast number of people across the United States, it means - or at least entails - shopping like at no other time of the year...myself included.I recently found
  • Happy Holidays from PACAF leadership

    With the holiday season fast approaching, Chief Master Sgt. Brooke McLean and I and the entire HQ PACAF staff and our families want to offer a sincere thank you to the entire Pacific Air Forces team--military, civilians and family members--who have enabled continued success for our command in the Asia-Pacific region in 2009.This time of year allows
  • Finding a helping hand

    The Air Force is a busy place. Everyone serves the mission in his or her place, but occasionally that mission will shift or intensify as projects are handed down from major command to the wing, tasks flow from the wing to the squadron, as individuals and units deploy, and as external environmental factors occur. "My unit needs people. A few extra
  • Commander, chaplain talk about holiday stress

    The holiday season is almost upon us and some Airmen may find themselves wrestling with a combination of stressors during the 40 or so days between Thanksgiving and the New Year.Many Airmen can find themselves overwhelmed with feelings of sadness or depression because they miss friends and family back home and are struggling with personal
  • Tragic lesson taken to heart

    "Take a good look, guys! This could be you if you don't learn from my son." I can still recall those words as if I heard them just a few moments ago. They were spoken by a father as he stood looking into the casket of his 21 year old son. Bart was killed in a drunken driving accident. He was my friend. We had just graduated from college a month
  • Thanksgiving, optimism go together

    Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving has been my favorite holiday since I was a teenager. The primary reason, besides the great food and winter sports, is that Thanksgiving was the only holiday I got a chance to gather with my extended family. Since joining the military, Thanksgiving has been a time of year to gather with friends and celebrate the