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The Airman's Creed.(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Heather Heiney) I’m terrified and I will not fail
I was sitting on the floor at Denver International Airport waiting for a flight to San Antonio. I leaned against a cool glass window in jeans and a black tee shirt, holding the Airman’s Creed on a business card with tiny letters in my hands. Several other trainees-to-be and I were taking turns reading it out loud in an attempt to both quell our nerves and get a step ahead. I was almost 23-years-old and terrified that joining the Air Force was the wrong decision. “And I will not fail,” we repeated.
0 12/01
2016
Default Air Force Logo Everyone can take stand to end domestic violence
Family Advocacy recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month by planning and conducting community activities designed to promote recognition of and responsiveness to the signs of intimate partner violence each October.  All branches of the military are working collaboratively to reduce the incidence rate of domestic violence within the Department
0 10/25
2016
Back row: Col. Matthew Carroll, Capt. Alan Bartholomew, Capt. Jess Anderson, Capt. Geoffrey Bader
Front row: Col. Michael Forgione, Capt. Kristen Cook, Lt. Col. Wayne Latack
Medical residents battle it out in Jeopardy Bowl
This past September, I was able to attend the American College of Physicians Army/Air Force conference in San Antonio, Texas along with two of my co-residents, Capt. Geoffrey Bader and Capt. Alan Bartholomew. ACP is an international organization specific to internal medicine. After years of sponsoring ‘virtual’ Army/Air Force chapter meetings, this
0 10/19
2016
Erin Beihl, spouse of Airman 1st Class Travis Beihl, 81st Training Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, watches baby monitors in the labor, delivery and recovery room at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, Miss. Aug. 22, 2016. After several hours of labor, Erin gave birth to her first child, Mackenzie Beihl, at 10:29 a.m. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Travis Beihl/Released) First term Airman, first time father Pt. 3: Welcome to our family!
(This commentary is part 3 of a 3-part series about my and my wife’s journey to becoming first-time parents in the Air Force.) This journey to becoming a parent has been stressful, emotional, but above all rewarding. It’s hard to believe 9 months ago we found out about our little girl and now we get to smother her with kisses and rock her to sleep
0 9/19
2016
Default Air Force Logo One step closer to staff sergeant
In the Air Force, and military as a whole, there are many, many instances of training seminars, esprit de corps functions, mentoring moments and professional development to be experienced. Few functions I’ve attended in my short career have worked to incorporate all those themes into one concise package though, with the exception of one.I recently
0 9/17
2016
Airman 1st Class Travis Beihl, 81st Training Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, and his wife Erin share a kiss in Wall Studio Feb. 24, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The Beihl family found out they are expecting their first child shortly after arriving to Keesler which is their first duty station. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Travis Beihl) First term Airman, first time father: And the baby is. . .
 (This commentary is part 2 of a 3 part series about my wife and I’s journey to becoming first-time parents in the Air Force.)Another three months has passed and gosh is the time flying by. Erin and I are about to enter the final stretch, the third trimester, in about a week and we will soon be holding precious baby Beihl in our arms for the first
0 6/15
2016
Col. Michele Edmondson, 81st Training Wing commander. Recognizing Memorial Day
Dragons – I’d like to share a moment with you to reflect on Memorial Day.   For the last 148 years, Americans have recognized May 30 as Memorial Day. While it is an opportunity to spend time with our families during the long weekend, it’s also a day we should use as a time to pay tribute to those patriots who are not here to spend this weekend with
0 5/31
2016
Special Olympics Mississippi Celebrating 30 years of SOMS heritage
This year marks the 30 year anniversary of Keesler Air Force Base hosting the Special Olympics Mississippi summer games. Al Watkins, 81st Infrastructure Division chief of operations, shared his thoughts as he reflects on his years of being a SOMS volunteer. 30 years of SOMS and Keesler heritage Since I arrived at Keesler, the
0 5/13
2016
Default Air Force Logo The spirit of Special Olympics
Keesler’s relationship with Special Olympics Mississippi was started by Col. Hank Boardman, former 81st Training Wing commander, then known as the 3300th Technical Training Wing. Hosting the Special Olympics was established as a community outreach program and was designed to join junior officers with NCOs to teach them how to organize logistical
0 5/06
2016
Default Air Force Logo Special Olympics Mississippi – The perfect community partnership
It takes attributes like dedication, loyalty, honesty, collaboration, and trust to nurture a relationship for 30 years--it’s no easy feat. The difficulty of the task is even represented by a rare gemstone, a pearl, on a couples’ 30th wedding anniversary. Over the past three decades, dedicated Airmen from Team Keesler have invested countless hours
0 4/29
2016
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