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  • Don't wait for Memorial Day to say thanks to our veterans

    The official Memorial Day has been observed for 2007; however, at the 124 national cemeteries across the U.S., every day is a chance for Americans to honor their veterans. Airmen, Marines, Soldiers and Sailors from all eras lie side-by-side with a common theme -- they served their country well. A recent early morning bicycle ride among the 377
  • Pedestrians: Rules of road apply to you, too

    You're on foot. I'm driving a vehicle that weighs in at 2 1/4 tons. If we make contact, the outcome is a no-brainer. Incredibly, some pedestrians just don't get it. Or, they think the rules of the road don't apply to them. Take, for example, the slender blonde in a white T-shirt, blue shorts and sneakers who crossed Meadows Drive against the red
  • Thanks, Mom, for reminder of how important it is to vote

    I recently received two important election reminders in the mail. The first was my absentee ballot to vote in the upcoming election. The second was a letter from my mother. You may wonder why a letter from my mother would be an election reminder. It all started at 4:38 a.m. Nov.6, 1962, a cold morning in Salt Lake City - the moment I was born. The
  • World-class medical care goal of surgical services

    World-class medical care remains the fundamental goal of the 81st Surgical Operations Squadron. Since resuming surgical services last August, the number and complexity of procedures have increased significantly. We're excited to offer a broad range of specialties including obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery, orthopedics, dental and oral
  • Be a part of something bigger - so what does that mean?

    We've all heard it before. Many of us have even said it. But what does it mean "to be part of something bigger than ourselves?" "So there I was" (all good war stories start that way) ... I joined the Air Force for the adventure, the travel, and oh yeah, to make a living. I stayed, because I liked being part of something bigger than
  • Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year! The past year has been a time of record achievement, progress and renewed hope for the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Keesler Air Force Base. It has been a story of heroes, men and women of Team Keesler and hundreds of contractors and volunteers, who have come together to mark a pivotal moment, a year of transition and new beginnings. I
  • Celebrating hurricane-free 2006

    I've added a new calendar date to my list of holidays -- Nov. 30. A holiday is a special day set aside for celebrating or giving thanks, and I think the official end of the hurricane season rises to that level. Nov. 30, we breathed a collective sigh of relief as the first hurricane season after the Katrina disaster of 2005 came and went without a
  • Remember to thank veterans for keeping America free

    Veterans Day -- a time for reflection, a day for honoring and remembering.  Our great nation was born on the ideals of life, liberty and justice. Throughout our history, men and women from towns across every state have answered the call to protect the basic principles that have made this country great. It's because of these everyday heroes that we
  • Core values: Air Force's clear roadmap to correctness

    In a letter to his grandson, Thomas Jefferson exposed a weighty vulnerability in all of us.An excerpt of the letter reads, "My Dear Grandson: Your situation, thrown at such a distance from us, and alone, cannot but give me great anxieties for you. "Thrown on a wide world among entire strangers, without a friend or guardian to advise, so young too
  • True warriors, real heroes; Sharing their company all these years

    I'm no warrior, no hero. The only uniforms I've ever worn were those of a Boy Scout, football and softball player.Believing you don't have to be one to know one makes me confident I can recognize true warriors, real heroes, when I see them. I've been sharing their company going on 22 years now.From my vantage point as a civilian employee of the Air
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