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  • Airman honors supervisor in JEC essay contest

    Editor's note: Tinker's Junior Enlisted Council recently started an essay contest, giving Airmen a chance to recognize their supervisors. Following is the winner for this month.I have been at Tinker for almost two years now and I would not be where I am today without the assistance and support of

  • Air Force leaders issue Memorial Day message

    Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz send the following Memorial Day message to the Airmen of the U.S. Air Force and their families:As we pause this Memorial Day to honor those who have died in service of our great Nation, it is also useful to

  • CC Blogs: Memorial Day memories/Happy AMT Day

    As Memorial Day approaches, I am reminded of the sacrifices of those that came before us.Recently, I attended an "Honor Flight" event that sends our World War II veterans to Washington D.C. for a day to visit the WW II Memorial, and it made me think about my friend, Sam Shaffer. Sam was a friend of

  • On Memorial Day, take a lesson from the Old Guard

    The exact origins of Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, are not known. It was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868, by Gen. John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, that a day should be observed nationwide as a ritual of remembrance and reconciliation. That

  • Have you ever been broke?

    Have you ever been broke?I don't mean the "can't afford to get the latest, hottest X-Box 360 game" kind of broke; I mean the "can't put food on the table" kind of broke.We have! Back in the day when staff sergeants took home about $390 a pay check, my still "new to the Air Force" bride and baby

  • Remembering sacrifices of America‚Äôs POWs

    When I was a young man, the Vietnam War was still close enough in the past for many to remember clearly. I remember watching the repatriation of our prisoners of war in 1973. At the time I was nine years old and knew that it was important to my parents and grandparents. Also at that time my Uncle

  • Gift of safety: one size fits all

    Give the Gift of Safety, Give the Gift of Life.So that may be the corniest line I have ever come up with for a safety article, which is saying a lot, but the truth remains: giving our loved ones gifts that keep them safe may keep them in our arms. While I am sure that any man giving his wife a

  • My educational journey: Who needs more education?

    My educational journey began a few years prior to me joining the U.S. Air Force in Grand Junction, Colo. I was attending Mesa State College and majoring in the field of Geological Sciences. My overall goal was to follow in the footsteps of my father and grandfather, working for them in the family

  • Maintaining 3-D vision

    If you've been to the movies in last year the chances are you've watched one in 3-D. This old-turned-new technology is designed to make movies come to life, enhancing our viewing experience. It used to be clunky, with ugly cardboard glasses. But, the entertainment industry went "back to basics,"

  • Alternative energy initiatives launched by AFMC

    The Air Force is at the forefront of many Department of Defense energy initiatives.Most are either happening, or are managed, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The Air Force Materiel Command oversees the development and testing of alternative fuels for Air Force aircraft.The command is