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  • January Commander's Corner

    As 2020 came to an end, so did my tenure as the 169th Maintenance Squadron commander. It’s hard to believe how fast the past two and a half years have passed. Over the holidays I’ve been reflecting on a few simple lessons I learned that I’d like to share.
  • January Chief's Perspective

    After the hustle and bustle of the holidays and the start of a new year we often take time to reflect. And I can think of no better time than now to reflect on the future of the South Carolina Air National Guard and how we might be able to influence our future.
  • January Shirt Blast

    “Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership,” said Colin Powell. This has long been one of my favorite quotes about leadership. Leadership in the military is built upon service to those in your charge. Even the origins of the word imply it. The term originates from the French word, sergeant, which means a “servant, a valet or a court official.” All these words derive from the Latin term, serviēns, which means “servant or soldier.” As a First Sergeant we are charged with being the first servants to our amazing Airmen. Once you make the rank of Master Sergeant, it is implied that not only are you a master of your job, but you have mastered the concept of serving ranks both junior and senior to you. That is how we continue to build an enduring and lethal force.
  • January Chaplain's Reflections

    This New Year offers the hope for a positive change from 2020. The type of change each person can control as well as what one cannot control. Hope keeps a person growing and moving forward despite the past. There is hope for a chance to reunite socially with no fear of contracting COVID and a society where people do not just tolerate each other but rather respect one another in affirmation and love. A person may also seek hope in the New Year to make change personally through taking time to listen to one’s inner voice, acknowledge personal needs and take steps to fulfill those needs.
  • January Fitness Tips

    Small changes add up to big results over time, especially if you’re looking to lose weight with tweaks to your nutrition and fitness habits. Moreover, making simple changes gradually helps ensure it’s an overall lifestyle change and something that’s sustainable long term — preventing the likelihood you’ll gain the weight right back.
  • January Retiree's Corner

    This month we will honor the 157th Tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS) from the Desert Shield/Storm era.
  • December Commander's Corner

    To say that this past year has presented some challenges is clearly an understatement! While 2020 was certainly not easy, I hope you can take a few moments to reflect on what has happened and what you have accomplished under difficult circumstances. While we invariably endured setbacks, I hope you can look back on the totality of what you accomplished with great pride.
  • December Chief's Perspective

    Recently I took a trip to South Dakota and you are probably asking yourself “why would you travel to South Dakota in November?” Well, the South Dakota Air National Guard is where I enlisted after my brief time on active duty. I ‘Palace Chased’ into the unit and shortly after attended my first drill as a Lobo. As I met all the members I would be working with, one stood out immediately. At the time when I met him, he was one of the fulltime technicians in the shop and was someone I came to lean on with all my questions.
  • December Shirt Blast

    Do you remember the first time you tackled uncharted waters on your own? Was it during college? Tech school? Moving out on your own? Many times when we experience uncharted waters the routines and schedules we are used to shift and sometimes not in the healthiest ways.
  • December Chaplain's Reflections

    I hope that you and your families are doing well and looking forward to the holidays. You may also be looking forward to celebrating New Year’s! Although I believe that it will not be so much of a celebration of the coming of the new year but rather the leaving behind of this past year!