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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Loyalty: A personal commitment to the organization

    Loyalty is a pillar of organizational strength. I believe it is vitally important to the military enterprise, and I assert that we find it throughout our military organizations. We should expect to give it and to receive it daily, and we can rely on its powerful effects to bolster our military effectiveness in peacetime and in combat.You may be
  • To the Airmen, warriors and leaders of Eielson AFB

    Thank you for the warm welcome to the 354th Fighter Wing. Tanya and I already feel at home here. Having spent the past several years at Pacific Command and Pacific Air Forces Headquarters, I've watched the Iceman Team's performance and accomplishments from afar and now get to meet and work with the Airmen who lead this great wing. Your