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  • February Commander's Corner

    I write this column from the Red Flag 21-1 exercise at Nellis AFB, Nevada. We are currently fulfilling the exercise air tasking order putting our nation’s air and space power capabilities on full display. Red Flag 21-1 demonstrates our military’s joint capabilities through a wide array of platforms and weapons systems.
  • February Shirt Blast

    “As Airmen, we are charged with upholding a culture founded on professionalism, dignity, and respect – that’s what our core values are about.” -Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James When was the last time you looked at the “Little Blue Book”? It contains a wealth of knowledge and guidance. Some people are raised on the values contained in the book, and some people are not. Either way, Core Values are taught to all Airmen at basic training.  As a refresher, let’s talk about what they are.
  • February Fitness Tips

    Here are five tips for having a healthier 2021 and a dumbbell ab workout with some surprising core-challenging moves.
  • February Chaplain's Reflections

    Before I joined the Air National Guard in 2012, my weekends were consumed with hauling lawn mowers around town and working many hours cutting grass. This was the result of learning the industry while I was younger. During my middle school and high school years, the summers were filled with helping the baseball coach cut the school and ball fields during the summer breaks. This is where I gained my on-the-job training. 
  • February Chief's Perspective

    What is a Command Senior Enlisted Leader (CSEL) anyway? The CSEL is the senior enlisted leader in a state. A few months ago I was selected to serve as the interim CSEL for the South Carolina National Guard and am honored to be the first South Carolina Air National Guardsmen to hold this position. As the CSEL I serve as the Senior Enlisted Advisor to South Carolina Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Van McCarty. I am also dual hatted as the SCANG’s State Command Chief.  We will be hiring my successor as the State Command Chief later this year.
  • February Retiree's Corner

    This will be my fourth article honoring the Desert Storm Call-Up and first of ten articles honoring the 169th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (CAMS). There are 459 individuals and I will be listing them alphabetically. I will also try to inject some stories to make things interesting. But I do want to honor each and every individual since they all contributed in some manner or other no matter their assigned section or shop. I feel there was some shifting of duties and personnel during the course of the deployment just to get the job done. That was up to mainly the commanders, chiefs, and shop chiefs.
  • 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.
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