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  • Wanted: Sergeants

    The "backbone of the Air Force." This overused, but still very relevant phrase is familiar to most of us in uniform, usually in the context of describing the enlisted force, or more specifically, the NCO corps. But what does it mean? And why is it still so important?The term backbone, of course,

  • COMPACAF extends holiday greetings to PACAF family

    As the holiday season approaches and we start to think about entering into 2011, I offer my heartfelt "thank you" to our entire Pacific Air Forces team and each of our family members. Our continued service in this region and in our deployments throughout the world is vitally important to our nation

  • Overcoming a PT test failure

    Throughout my 15 years in the military, I have always struggled with passing my physical fitness test. I'm not a huge person, and I am very active in sports. I run three to five times a week and coach youth sports as well. But no matter what I did, I always came very close to failing my PT test,

  • Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: Honoring history through today's service

    "A date which will live in infamy." President Roosevelt broadcast those words in his opening speech to Congress and the world the day following the attack on Pearl Harbor Naval Base 69 years ago. These powerful words inspired Congress to declare war within an hour against Japan and its allies. I

  • Veterans Day Commentary

    On Veterans Day we remember the contributions made to our nation by service members-past and present. While Memorial Day honors those who gave their lives in military service, Veterans Day commemorates and recognizes the personal sacrifices made by anyone who wears, or has worn, the uniform. In the

  • "C'mon" Airmen

    In case you are not familiar with a major sports news network segment called "C'mon Man," on Monday Night Football, here is the scoop. The cast takes time out of their day to poke fun at bonehead plays made the day before. It is a series of ridiculous plays, calls, fan actions or anything that would

  • Special observances grant opportunities to experience culture

    I would venture to say that most stationed or living on Guam have taken the time to sample the local cuisine, and with good reason. But how many of us have taken the time to sample the heritage, culture, and history of its people? There is a great opportunity right here at Andersen to sample, not

  • I'll call him "Rick"

    I'll call him "Rick." In the words of his military friends and co-workers, Rick was one of the greatest guys you'd ever want to meet: A hard working NCO in a high operations tempo unit, a family man, a compassionate friend always seeking opportunities to help others in his unit succeed. Rick was

  • Breaking the habit

    Editor's Note: This commentary is the third in a summer-long series highlighting the progress of Senior Airman Shane Dunaway in his quest to become Team Andersen's "Biggest Loser." To send words of encouragement or for information on his workout methods and diet, contact him via email at

  • Leaving obstacles in the dust

    Editor's Note: This commentary is the second in a summer-long series highlighting the progress of Senior Airman Shane Dunaway in his quest to become Team Andersen's "Biggest Loser." To send words of encouragement or for information on his workout methods and diet, contact him via email at

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