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  • The year ahead

    Fellow Icemen: I hope you enjoyed a good break over the long holiday weekends. I appreciate those of you who worked shifts over the holidays to keep Eielson safe, functional and warm. As we begin 2009, I'd like to look back at our accomplishments in 2008 and look forward to our key events in the year to come. The Icemen put forth a great effort to
  • Wing commander wishes Icemen happy holidays

    As we begin the holiday season and approach the end of 2008, I want to thank the Iceman Team for your hard work in defense of our nation both here at Eielson and deployed. In my first commentary of 2009 I will review our specific mission accomplishments of the past year and lay out our most significant challenges for the year to come...but for now,
  • Giving thanks during the holiday season

    As 2008 draws to a close, we have been, and will be, presented with many opportunities to "give thanks." Early last month we watched as our election process ran its course with many giving thanks that their various candidates were victorious. Many more were giving thanks that all the political ads would now cease. We, as a nation, gave thanks that
  • The role of a designated driver, wingman

    It's a situation we've all heard or maybe been a part of. A night gone wrong by making one mistake. It's been a long week, but it's finally Friday. Airman Snuffy and his friends are going to go out and have a few drinks. He's not the designated driver, but luckily a friend from the dorms volunteered. He's at the club having a few drinks along with
  • Good to be a "Bad Guy"

    I once worked with a senior master sergeant who I often praised for his willingness to be "the most-hated man in the room." This comment always did two things: shock everyone within earshot and bring a smile to his face. Most of the people who heard me say this simply thought I was insulting him, but he knew it was my way of saying thank you.
  • Making military life into a tradition

    Wow! It's hard to believe Thanksgiving is here again already. What a great holiday; family, friends, food, football ... the perfect combination to help us all unwind and reflect on all the year's blessings and accomplishments. I was in a conversation about the Thanksgiving holiday with our first-sergeant and we were reflecting on some great
  • Why I Serve

    Five years ago my son surprised me by announcing he was applying for the Reserve Officers Training Corps. I was surprised because he made it quite clear he wasn't interested in the military when he left for college the previous year. He had experienced firsthand the effects of a military lifestyle -- the deployments, exercises, long hours, and
  • Our Chapel, once again

    On February 11, 2007, the congregations at the Eielson Air Force Base Chapel held a farewell dinner to commemorate more than 50 years of worship in the facility. They also celebrated their impending move to the Aurora Conference Center and to what would eventually be a brand new facility. The 354th Fighter Wing Chaplain, Lt. Col. David Terrinoni
  • Life in the fish bowl ... a survival strategy

    As a child, did you ever go to the fair? Well, I went once and somehow, I managed to sink a ping pong ball into that teeny tiny fish bowl to claim my prize -- my first real pet! Little George, my new goldfish, became the most important thing in my life. When I arrived home and transferred him from the plastic bag to his new temporary lodging, a
  • I am an American Airman

    When you hear the Airman's Creed, what do the words mean to you? I think about the proud heritage of the Air Force. I think about Gen. Billy Mitchell betting his career on airpower. I think about the Tuskegee Airmen and their struggle to break into a segregated Air Force. I think about Brig. Gen. Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager in his X-1 and Sgt. John