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  • Holiday revives recollections of deployment

    Each year in my family, Thanksgiving is a time for turkey, football, get-togethers and, of course, thanks. For me, this Thanksgiving marks my return from Afghanistan one year ago this month. As I look back, I'm still thankful for the graces that I said then and would like to offer them again this Thanksgiving. I'm very thankful for the health and
  • General's experience echoes safety message

    Thanksgiving -- one of my favorite holidays of the year. It's a time to reflect on how fortunate we are to live in this great country and be a member of the world's greatest Air Force. Thanksgiving also kick- starts the holiday season when we gather with our friends and families, near and far, to celebrate. In fact, from now until New Year's Day
  • Following journey of successful former smoker

    The smell of smoke is like a subconscious whisper to someone who is addicted to cigarettes. A mere whiff can cause emotions to simmer beneath the skin and incite an addict to draw the sweet poison into their lungs without a single contrary thought.I recently decided to end my four year love affair with cigarettes and it has been agonizing. There's
  • Excellent! <br> Keesler wows unit compliance inspectors

    Congratulations, Team Keesler! The "Excellent" rating in the Headquarters Air Education and Training Command Compliance Inspection validates something Chief Master Sgt. Lonnie Slater, our command chief, and I see everyday - our base is home to outstanding professionals who know their job and demonstrate excellence in doing their job. You should be
  • Challenged employee shares success story

    July 26, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order to increase federal employment of individuals with disabilities. Approximately 54 million Americans are living with a disability, and the federal government has made it a priority to reduce employment discrimination against these individuals. October is also National Disability Employment
  • Civilian force development -- find ways to capitalize on your skills, knowledge

    If someone had told me 22 years ago that I would wind up being a GS-13 in the 81st Training Group, I would have laughed at them. Civil service was scary and completely out of my reach -- or so I thought. The steps each individual takes to achieve their goals or attain the position of their dreams is up to them. It depends on the skills you have and
  • Couple epitomizes healthy relationship

    At least once a year, I write an article to remind Team Keesler that interpersonal violence is an issue for which all of us share responsibility. I usually include an overview of the dynamics of partner abuse, some relevant statistics and offer ideas on how everyone can assist in prevention. Since October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it's
  • Thanks, Team Keesler – What a Week!

    Keri and I want to sincerely thank everyone for all of your hospitality in welcoming us to Keesler. Both of us are thoroughly impressed with the base facilities and even more impressed with the wonderful people we continue to meet every day. We feel privileged to be joining such a great team!The change-of-command ceremony on Monday was outstanding.
  • The intellectual resource

    Today, we are approaching nine years of sustained combat operations. Many could even argue that our Air Force has been involved in continuous combat operations since the original Gulf War in 1991. Even more challenging, today's combat operations are being conducted while the rest of the nation fights its way through a recession, making resources
  • 2nd Air Force commander offers 4th of July safety message

    I'll be honest with you. The Fourth of July weekend is not one of my favorite times of the year. I guess it goes back to when I was a child and I had some painful experiences on that weekend.I remember one Independence Day when my brother and I were playing croquet and he hit me in the head with the mallet. I ended up with five stitches and a scar
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