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  • Building stronger leaders through NCO University

    NCOU provides in-depth analysis of what it takes to be a leader in the military. Future applicants can expect to learn bullet writing skills for Enlisted Performance Reports, Airman Comprehensive Assessments and how to apply for awards. Students expand their knowledge of the enlisted tier, professional mutual development and career opportunities. The course takes place over six UTAs and requires mentees to complete four blocks of instruction with corresponding assignments, five electives and a reading assignment that culminates with a capstone presentation. This rigorous course requires both mentors and mentees to invest in the development of each other.
  • Overcoming obstacles: From escaping Soviet Union to U.S. Air Force chaplain

    Although Chaplain (Maj.) Olga Westfall, 94th Airlift Wing chaplain, provides spiritual services during unit training assemblies, it has not always been that way for her.Westfall was born in Dnepropetrovsk, found in Eastern Ukraine in the late 60’s. During her time as part of the Soviet Union, the thought of God was prohibited. The Bible was a
  • Combat Metals Flight sculpts from scrap

    At nearly seven feet tall, the iron behemoth towers menacingly over everyone, armed to its crooked metal teeth with a 40mm Gatling gun, steel-clawed feet, chain-link flail, and sinister telescopic eyes. But this isn’t the rise of the machines – it’s a scrap metal sculpture designed and created by inventive Airmen of the 386th Expeditionary
  • Recovering hope: Airmen help Japanese rebuild Sendai Airport

    In the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, Sendai Airport was a disaster -- cars littered the runway, debris had piled up inside the terminal, there was no power.Sendai Airport was written off by many as gone forever. That is, until Airmen stationed in Japan arrived there to help. Airlifters from Yokota Air Base and special operations
  • Disabled vets discover 'miracle on mountain'

    Sheila James threw her arms up in joy, flashing a smile that stretched from ear to ear as she celebrated a personal victory during the 25th National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic here March 29.A motor vehicle rollover in 2009 turned the former senior airman's life upside-down, landing her in a wheelchair and leaving her unable to do some
  • Deployment journal: NCO chronicles mission in deployed location

    Tech. Sgt. Kevin Wallace is a public affairs specialist with the 100th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs Office. He is currently deployed to the Regional Command-West Media Combat Team in Afghanistan. This is his second combat tour in support of International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan operations there. The journal will
  • C-130 Hercules: Air Force's 'old reliable' airlifter still on the front lines

    Pick any day for airlift operations in Afghanistan and there's a high probability you'll see a C-130 Hercules taking off from a forward operating base filled with cargo and troops. You also might see a C-130 cruising between Afghan mountain peaks on an airdrop mission directly supplying the "beans and bullets" to troops on the ground. Since 1956,