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  • Taking care of personal, military families

    Another school year is about to begin. I'm amazed by how quickly summer vacations go by. As we ready the kids for school, let's take a moment to think about how preparing our families for a new school year is similar to maintaining the readiness of our Air Force family. Both require attention to health issues, instilling a positive attitude toward
  • Safety lessons from Charles Lindbergh

    Last month we spent time going over some safety lessons from the infamous Titanic tragedy. The Titanic went to the bottom of the North Atlantic April 14, 1912 on her maiden voyage. Poor safety design and going too fast for conditions collided when the luxury liner struck an iceberg and more than 1,500 souls perished. Just 15 years later, a
  • Commander’s Corner

    What a welcome to the World's Finest! I can't begin to tell you how much Tina, the girls, the dogs and I appreciate everything the folks in this wing have done to get us settled. Ever since I found out I was coming here, wing and group leaders have gone out of their way to make the transition smooth. Tina and I would both like to thank General
  • From the Top: A Word From Those Who Lead

    World's Finest warriors - As we approach the end of another full and satisfying week here on the World's Finest ranch, let's take pause to look at the many events going on in and around our Aviano community in the upcoming weeks. Some are sports-related, some have an Italian theme and there's also the upcoming change in the way our civilian
  • Safety lessons from Charles Lindbergh

    Last month we spent time going over some safety lessons from the infamous Titanic tragedy. The Titanic went to the bottom of the North Atlantic April 14, 1912 on her maiden voyage. Poor safety design and going too fast for conditions collided when the luxury liner struck an iceberg and more than 1,500 souls perished. Just 15 years later, a
  • Summer safety and where you fit in

    Summertime! Just that simple word stirs something deep in all of our souls. The summertime period gives us a chance to really live life. For nearly all of us, our love of the summer began during our adolescent years. Summertime was the period when we were “set free” from school.While our love for summer is nearly as strong now as it was in our
  • Alcoholism: An allergy of the body, an obsession of the mind

    Are you an alcoholic?” “Well, I don’t go to meetings so I guess not.”How many times have you heard someone say those words? How many times have you yourself said that very same thing? I know I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count how many times I said it. Of course, it was always with a smile and a laugh. Thinking back, I realize now, that I
  • Aviano troops run through Europe

    Last Mother’s Day weekend, several of the World’s Finest and their families traveled to Prague, Czech Republic. This trip was a fantastic opportunity for me and five of my 31st OSS troops, as well as members of 31st Civil Engineer Squadron, 555th Fighter Squadron, 31st Logistics Readiness Squadron and 31st Mission Support Group to combine physical
  • Today’s military calls for radical change

    I saw the past and the future when I was recently reintroduced to an Air Force icon. I first met Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez when I was a lieutenant assigned to Air Force Logistics Command, and he was in charge of logistics and engineering. AFLC is long gone, but General Marquez is still known as the godfather of aircraft and munitions maintenance.When I
  • Spouses serve on the home front

    The Air Force realizes the hardship and sacrifices made by our spouses and families as the nation continues to wage the global war on terrorism. Our spouses serve our nation just as we in uniform serve. They commit themselves to the Air Force just as service members do, and they make an immeasurable contribution to the readiness of our Air
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