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  • Andersen AFB's Legacy: Operation Linebacker II

    Thirty-nine years ago, Andersen Air Force Base became involved in Operation Linebacker II, an operation that would arguably be the most significant event in the installations long and distinguished history. Andersen AFB became the site of the most immense buildup of air power in history. More than

  • Longest race of my life: two days to Ironman; more than a race

    If you have been following this series, then you would know that in two days I will be competing in the Ironman 70.3 Superfrog. I have written about why I signed up, many aspects of training, and my diet.For the final article before the race I want to post about the real reason I undertook this

  • Attitude

    You can either love what you do or hate it, but it all depends on your attitude.Colin Powell once said, “Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”I read this during a challenging assignment when I didn’t have the right attitude. I was a section superintendent responsible for the actions, products

  • Airmen are always on the record, clock and red carpet

    A few years ago, I happened to be scrolling through my Facebook account and came across a comment made by an Air Force staff sergeant that I had saved in my friends list. It appeared she was on a rant about some rapper stomping on the U.S. flag as part of his new video. What I found most

  • The day breast cancer changed my life

    Cold, confused and on the brink of tears were just a few of the emotions I experienced the morning I graduated Air Force Basic Military Training. As I waited all morning for my parents to greet me after eight long weeks, thoughts started running through my mind, why are my parents late? This isn't

  • Diego Garcia’s master budget analyst, resource advisor recognized

    While Airmen have come and gone, a Pampanga, Philippines, native has been the lone off-shore Philippine general schedule employee here for nine years.Whenever personnel get the rare opportunity to visit Diego Garcia a second time, one of the first inquiries is the status of Elizabeth Del Pilar. It

  • Coming together for COPE NORTH

    A typhoon has devastated the fictional island nation of "Guastralia." Headquarters U.S. Pacific Command has tasked the 36th Contingency Response Group to team up with Royal Australian Air Force, Japanese Air Self Defense Force, and Republic of Korea Air Force counterparts to open "Novotonia Air

  • "Reviewing Our Core Values"

    Last year while at a commander's conference, I had the opportunity to listen to a speech from Lt. Gen. David Fadok, Commander and President of Air University, , and he explained his "values." This prompted me to take a hard look at what I felt was important to me and as a result I put together some

  • Season’s Greetings from COMPACAF

    Gillian and I are happy to be stationed in the Pacific theater once again, celebrating the holiday season alongside the rest of our PACAF family.While this is a time of celebration, we want to shift our focus from celebrating 'with' our families to actually celebrating them. Quite often, mission

  • Growing in Leadership

    Leadership is the art of influencing and directing people to accomplish the mission. Well, this sounds easy enough! Is it really a walk in the park? What if you have that task that no one wants to do? How do you make it happen? How do you become that great leader that can handle any situation no

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