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  • April Commander's Corner

    Greetings Swamp Fox! As always, I am grateful to every one of you for your continued service and all that you do for our state and nation. It seems every time it is my turn to write a column there is energy around our Domestic Operations (DOMOPS) mission. If you are new to the wing or the Air National Guard, a quick primer: being a Guardsman means
  • April Chief's Perspective

    I was recently approached while in uniform by a curious older gentleman who observed an arm full of stripes and wanted to ask me a few questions such as my grade, what military life is like, and what was my profession. The final question was the toughest when he asked why I chose to do it for so many years. This one hit me somewhat off-guard for a
  • April Chaplain's Reflections

    Happy Passover and Easter...almost! Passover this year is Friday, April 19 through Saturday, April 27. It is traditionally celebrated on the first Full Moon following the vernal equinox, which is the 15th of the Hebrew month of Nisan. Since the Christian celebration of Easter has its roots in the Jewish celebration of Passover, it is celebrated on
  • April Fitness Tips

    Stability Ball Workout to Strengthen Your CoreHere's how to do each move:Oblique CrunchLie on your back and place the ball comfortably underneath your knees with your legs resting on top of the ball.With your hands behind your head and your elbows wide, crunch up to the center, then rotate to the left, bringing your right elbow toward your left
  • April Retiree's Corner

    As usual, we had a resounding March Luncheon with around 50 retirees and spouses breaking bread with their other fellow Retirees. Maj. Ralph Cole, the 169th Force Support Squadron commander was our featured speaker. He enlightened us about himself and the goings on at McEntire. I have repeatedly said if anyone would come to every luncheon they
  • March Commander's Corner

    We have heard the term “weekend warrior”. Many people love to poke fun at things they don’t understand. When I joined the Air National Guard back in 1993, we were a “strategic reserve”. Following the events of 9/11, that term couldn’t be farther from the truth. The Air National Guard is an “operational reserve”. Over the last 17 years, the 169th
  • March Chief's Perspective

    Can you believe it is March 2019? Time is screaming by. It seems like it was just last week we were recovering the deployed jets and welcoming the Swamp Foxes back from the latest deployment. Now, as I write this, the 169th Fighter Wing is getting ready for our mid-point inspection later in the year and preparing for a four-day Super Drill in
  • March Chaplain's Reflections

    “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18 NIVNo matter what life throws at us, we hope we can find the perspective and ability to overcome obstacles. There are many self-help books and resources on living a full and meaningful life. Using
  • March Fitness Tips

    Core exercises you can do anywhereThe best ab exercises are ones that work more than just one part of your abdominal muscles. Yes, there are multiple layers of muscles (plus soft tissue, nerves, and blood vessels) that make up the full abdominal wall. Even though you can't see or feel them all, they're really important to keep your entire body
  • March Shirt's Blast

    Welcome to March Drill! Let’s talk about State Active Duty Orders, or SAD.