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  • Santa, Mrs. Claus arrive at Dobbins on a C-130

    Operation Santa Lift returned to Hangar 5 during the December drill weekend. Santa, Mrs. Claus and a team of special helpers created an atmosphere where Airmen and their families could enjoy festive activities, crafts and plenty of sweet treats.
  • 10 Ways to Keep the Year End Tax Turkey at Bay While Enlisted in the Military

    The first decision an Airman should make is to decide whether itemizing still makes sense for you. If you are a business owner, there are a number of legitimate ways to transfer business-related income.
  • Don’t Pull Your Hair Out on 2018 TSP Results

    Today, after listening to Blackrock, the sole FERS TSP managing company, provide their outlook for 2019, I am convinced there is no reason to pull hairs again in 2019. The main investment concern, according to Chairman Larry Fink, will shift from central bank policy concerning an overheating economy to geopolitical risk with BREXIT and a slowing
  • 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.