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  • Dobbins bids farewell to action-packed 2017

    They say time flies when you’re having fun. Time certainly flew in tandem with Dobbins’ increased operations tempo for 2017.Thinking back on all the accomplishments and opportunities to demonstrate superior air power, Dobbins has a lot to be proud of regarding its impact here and abroad.The first major event that comes to mind is the mass
  • If I’m deployed, how will Santa find me?

    When I was a kid, I’d often travel from North Carolina to Georgia to spend Christmas with my grandparents. Although I was eager to arrive so I could eat my weight in freshly baked oatmeal cookies, there was one concern that would inevitably fill me with dread: if I’m not at my official home of record in Santa’s database, how would he know where to
  • Run for the thrills: 5 steps to get you on the road to enjoying running

    I can remember early on in my military career having delusions of grandeur – actually it dates back to shortly before taking my oath of enlistment. My recruiter told me to start exercising regularly to prepare for boot camp, since I’d be shipping out in a matter of weeks. I told him not to worry as I lit a cigarette, filling my grungy lungs with
  • Finding help

    Last week I received devastating news. My wife and I were sitting on the couch, watching “The Voice” and perusing Facebook during commercial breaks, when I came across a status that shocked me to my core. A friend posted a status that our friend, Jeremy took his life. I couldn’t believe it. I had just seen Jeremy posting on social media not that
  • Finding your place in the big picture

    Why are you here; why do you serve? Sometimes it’s easy to lose focus of the big picture and the reasons we serve. We have many ancillary requirements, or terms of employment, laid upon us: numerous CBTs, MICT checklists, processing orders for pay and completing travel vouchers in DTS, remaining medically current and qualified, maintaining a
  • Welcome the new

    As we move into the New Year, how do you handle the past? Is the past something that is forgotten like the old year, or does it hang around and dominate your future?I have noticed recently that the topic for January is not only New Year’s resolutions, but the past in general. In listening to the topic I noticed a train of thought. The idea was a
  • Life goes on, but not the same

    Four years ago Jan. 12, I received a phone call that completely changed my life. I woke up to news that my best friend Robby had been killed. For several hours I felt paralyzed before I broke down. I poured through all the photo albums I had looking at pictures of us from when we were kids hanging out with all of our friends.It didn’t seem real.
  • Truly humbled: my transition from enlistee to Air Force officer

    Truly humbled; two words that come to mind when I think about the last three months and a journey that started almost two years ago.With the guidance and help from my wing and office leadership, I was nominated and selected as a Senior Airman to earn a commission through the Deserving Airman Commissioning program. A year later, I was off to Officer
  • Glitz and glam: What am I doing here?

    It was a night to remember for all the right reasons. At nine-thirty in the evening, a cool breeze brushed my face and a smirk began to form. In hindsight, I was glad I attended, though, my stomach still growled at the thought of the "grog bowl," contents of which still remain unknown. "That's one thing you have to watch out for," said Master Sgt.
  • Commentary: Peace amidst the storms

    What comes to your mind when you hear the word, "peace?" Is it a place at a quiet lake, a solitary place at a beach or somewhere in a beautiful garden? Do you picture yourself somewhere where it's quiet, safe and pleasant? Sometimes life throws us in all kinds of troubles, storms and challenging situations. How do you maintain your peace then? What
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