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U.S. Air Force Capt. Natassia Cherne, Air Forces Central Command, media operations chief, gives a kiss to her son, Gabriel Cherne, April 25, from an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Cherne is on six month deployment and keeps in contact with her son and family through various technology such as Face Time or Skype. (Curiosity Photo) Survival tip for deployed moms on Mother's Day
I told myself to be strong. I told myself that tears won't change the fact that I was leaving my son for six months. Moments later, my husband pulled up to the airport for the final goodbye, but the Hoover dam couldn't hold back my tears or drown out the sound of my sobs. My head told me to get it together, I was in uniform, but my heart was having
0 5/08
2013
Default Air Force Logo Make most of every moment - dive into pool of opportunities
One of my favorite T-shirts sports the phrase, "Wherever you go, there you are." I'm a big believer in "blooming where you're planted" and in taking advantage of the many opportunities each new assignment presents. I'm good at "arriving" and getting plugged in. Leaving -- well, that isn't my strong suit. I have to remind myself that mentally
0 4/30
2013
U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Ramon Colon-Lopez, 18th Wing command chief, speaks to a group of NCOs during an enlisted all-call on Kadena Air Base, Japan, April 4, 2013. This all-call targeted three specific groups; Airmen, NCOs and senior NCOs, to reemphasize their roles and responsibilities along with answer questions these groups may have had. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Laszlo Babocsi/Released) Silver bullets for effective leadership: 'Calling The Baby Ugly'
Growing up a pararescueman in the United States Air Force taught me a lot about maintaining a true bearing towards excellence. It was a hard life with hard choices, a game of life and death where only winners got a chance to advance. In order to be considered a winner, you had to exceed your capabilities every day. It was a non-negotiable mindset;
0 4/03
2013
Gillous Mays, 18th Wing Inspector General Kadena inspector general explains complaint, FWA processes
It is probably fair to say some of you have already been exposed to the Air Force inspector general processes and have your own perceptions. My goal is to help you understand the role of the Air Force IG. IGs don't work for other IGs ... they work for their respective wing commanders.I wish I could tell you with a straight face the Air Force never
0 3/25
2013
James D'Angina, 18th Wing historian, teaches members of the 18th Medical Group about Japanese artillery emplacement and a heavy Japanese naval gun during a professional development outing to Iwo To, Japan, formerly referred to as Iwo Jima, March 18, 2013. About 40 Airmen embarked on a hike to the top of Mount Suribachi on the island. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech Sgt. Jocelyn L. Rich-Pendracki) Toe to Iwo To with professional development
Often in our careers we hear about the importance of professional development and how imperative it is to our personal growth, as well as in helping us develop as Airmen. Recently I had the honor of accompanying about 40 men and women from the 18th Medical Group on a trip to the island of Iwo To, more commonly referred to as Iwo Jima.The trip was
0 3/25
2013
Default Air Force Logo Senior airman severs joint boundaries in corporals course
When I first received word I would be attending the Marine Corps Corporals Course on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Japan, I was immediately flooded with exhilaration. It wasn't until I thought about what I was really getting myself into that the nervous anticipation settled in and gave me a good hard slap across the face. This is what I joined
0 3/18
2013
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Marcos Flores, 18th Maintenance Group quality assurance inspector, performs a basic pre-flight quality verification inspection with Japan Air Self Defense Force Staff Sgt. Daisuke Hidaka on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Feb. 26, 2013. Flores and Hidaka worked together for about 10 days as part of the 2013 JASDF NCO Bilateral Exchange. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Amanda Savannah) Bilateral partnership opens eyes to opportunities
As the blue bus pulled up to where I was waiting, my heartbeat quickened in nervous anticipation of the eight Japan Air Self Defense Force members who would be this year's NCO Bilateral Exchange partners.Coordinated annually by Senior Master Sgt. Rob Miller, 718th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron lead production superintendent, the JASDF NCO Bilateral
0 3/07
2013
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Sylvia Saab) African Americans in leadership
The 1950s were a tumultuous time for the United States as the winds of changes blew across the country and the social landscape was transformed as the Civil Rights movement went into full swing. In 1954, the Supreme Court case ruling in Brown v. Board of Education overturned laws that permitted state-sponsored segregation. Just a few years before
0 2/17
2013
Default Air Force Logo Ambassadorship crucial to American misson
New rules prohibiting active duty military personnel from drinking off base and making sure we are home by 11 p.m., has caused a lot of people to alter the way they spend time with their friends or celebrate the holidays, including myself. As easy as it would be to start pointing fingers and blame others for their wrong-doing, this is a great time
0 12/30
2012
Default Air Force Logo Season's greetings from 18th Wing Commander
Team Kadena,In the spirit of the season, my family and I want to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!Thank you for all your smart and tenacious work over the past year to carry out our very important mission here in the western Pacific. We have demonstrated that we are fully trained and ready to
0 12/19
2012
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