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  • All about the angles - ANG Photographer of the Year

    Every year military journalists have the chance to enter contests to be recognized for their work of the past year. Writers, photographers, videographers and graphic artists submit their work to the annual media contest awards in hopes to bring credit upon themselves and their respective units. This year I’m excited to say that I won Military Photographer of the Year for the Air National Guard while representing the 139th Airlift Wing here in Missouri. I also placed first in the Pictorial Category for a separate submission.
  • So much for fitness insanity, and excuses

    Most times I’ve come home from work so far this year, my wife asks me the same thing: “What are you doing for a workout?”
  • Professionalism: It's a state of mind

    Close your eyes for a moment and imagine a world that is blatantly unprofessional: Businessmen and women dress like vagrants, hurling vulgarities at one another. Tradesmen show up hours late to do work at your home, then watch your television while munching on snacks from your refrigerator. Clergy members tell you to, "Go tell someone who cares."
  • Guard fit, Guard ready!

    The time of year when people resolve to lose weight, get into shape and eat healthier is swiftly approaching. This can take time, dedication and determination. Time can be hard to come by, while dedication and determination need to be found deep within.There are many different benefits to maintaining fitness standards throughout the years and
  • We can't go wrong developing Airmen through their feedback

    How can we go wrong if we develop a course for Airmen, by Airmen, with Airmen's feedback guiding the way? I do not believe that we can.The Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center graduated our first Airman Leadership School Blended Learning Course - class 16‐8.Never before has an Airman completed
  • The Measure of 'Guard Family'

    "Whatever happened to our Guard Family?"It's certainly a not-uncommon question to hear in our wings or our armories. If you've been in the Guard for more than a minute, you've likely heard someone bemoan the loss of a sense of "Guard Family" that once was uber-essential to the unit.But in order to measure it - to try to see if there has in fact
  • How one group of Air Force women on campus progressed leadership equality

    The next class of graduates in the U.S. Air Force Airman Leadership School take their diplomas tonight here, August 26, in a banquet on the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center.There are women in the ranks but few will pay a mixed-gender class much attention, even on Women's Equality DayThat's partly because enlisted women in leadership studies
  • How Whiteman Airmen fit into the global nuclear deterrence mission

    For the last several years, I have come to Whiteman Air Force Base for two days every month and two weeks every summer. However, I've never felt that I am making a difference in the world.I joined the military to be a part of something bigger. I wanted to enlist Sept. 11, 2001. I spoke with an Army recruiter that very day. I wanted to go get the
  • It is Time to Vote

    It is coming down to the final days for the presidential election. It is that time again when you get the opportunity to decide who is going to be the next President of the United States for the next four years. It is one of the privileges that you have as a U.S. citizen and one that many take for granted. For many of you, it is your first major
  • The 117th Maintenance Group: On the Move with a Global Impact

    Notice something missing from the flightline at the 117th Air Refueling Wing?  Were those tumbleweeds blowing across?  The southwest ramp without KC-135R tankers is a rare sight in Birmingham.With the current deployment to CENTCOM underway, many from the 117th Maintenance Group, 99th Air Refueling Squadron and other organizations across the 117 ARW
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