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  • June Commander's Corner

    “For a People who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security”, Thomas Jefferson’s 8th (and last) Annual Message to Congress, 1808. It was a little over two years ago that I stood before you and laid out my priorities, direction and charge for the wing. You might recall my priorities, “God,
  • May Fitness Tips

    CIRCUIT TRAINING - 6 WeeksTraining Days - 2 to 3 Times a Week (i.e. Monday, Wednesday, Friday)Laps - 3 (Allow for 2 minutes rest between laps) Duration - 30 to 60 seconds per station with 30 to 60 seconds rest (alter ratio of work to rest depending on ability)            EXERCISE                                             TARGET AREA 1        
  • May Commander's Corner

    When I entered Texas A&M as a freshman cadet in 1988, the U.S. Air Force fighter force was at its peak. At that time, there were about 4,200 fighters in the inventory split between the Regular Air Force, Reserves and Air National Guard. During my freshman year, the Berlin Wall came down and by 1991 the Cold War had ended. A year later, OPERATION
  • April Fitness Tips

    How to loosen tight calf musclesWhile standing on a step or platform, rest your hands against a wall or a sturdy object for balance. Raise your heels a few inches above the edge of the step so that you're on your tiptoes. Hold the position for a moment, and then lower your heels below the platform, feeling a stretch in your calf muscles.Keep your
  • April Commander's Corner

    Gotta say I’ve been having some writer’s block.  See, I’m not a man of words like my friend, “Paps” Meares, who eloquently delivered his five keys to leadership during Martina Borg’s promotion to chief master sergeant. I was chatting with Senior Master Sgt. Ed Snyder about this and he told me to, “…just have fun with it – Dolph it up!” My name as a
  • April Retiree's Corner

    I must say, we had a ‘wing-ding’ March Luncheon. Stan Hood invited a couple from his assisted living residence, George and Mary Chassey. George is 96, and during WWII he was a crew chief attached to a P-51 Squadron, the 354th Fighter Wing, 9th Air Force. They were stationed right behind the lines after the Normandy Landing, about a mile behind what
  • April Chaplian's Reflections

    MCENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE, S.C. “To live well is to work well, to show a good activity” -Thomas Aquinas This past month I took the initiative to introduce pet therapy in our unit. You may have noticed Gustave and Hannah, Husky and German Shepherd mix 4-month-old puppies, walking around outside and darting in and out of offices around the
  • April Chief's Perspective

    I want to take this opportunity to speak on management versus leadership; how to implement each and how they can affect our personnel and mission accomplishment. First, let's look at the standard definition of management: "the art of coordinating the efforts of people and resources to accomplish goals and objectives, efficiently and effectively."
  • March Retiree's Corner

    We seem to be getting more Chiefs as our featured speakers. This is good. For our February Luncheon we had Chief Gary Jackson of the 169th Force Support Squadron. His OIC, Major Ralph Cole, Jr. was doing some time at the Guard Bureau, which is where Chief Jackson spent a lot of his time and background in around the D.C. Beltline area. The Chief
  • September Commander's Corner

    “What do you do?” This is a question that I have often received from people I just met. It’s a conversation starter; one meant to reveal your profession or from where you derive your income. For many years I answered this question with “I’m a fighter pilot” or “I fly airplanes”. Being in a community with lots of pilots and guys who fly airplanes,
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