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  • 334th TRS hosts local youth

    Every day as a training squadron commander is an awesome day!  Sure, some days can be stressful, but there are always moments that just down right make me proud to be an Airman. As the commander of the 334th Training Squadron “Gators”, I could write about many of these daily events, or "feel good" stories, but for this article I'll focus on just
  • Developing tomorrow's leaders through today's leadership

    During my previous assignment at the Pentagon, I had the opportunity to tour the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Among its displays, I found a quote from Confucius, "Give instruction unto those who cannot procure it for themselves." This quote had very personal meaning as I prepared for my role here as the 81st Training Support Squadron
  • The Capitol, crabcakes, and cultivating character

    So there I was - watching my wing commander dragging the Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh's area rug around his humongous office in order to catch the iconic Hap Arnold Wings emblem on the rug in our photos.A few minutes later, I was sitting behind Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody's desk, eating the chocolate-covered
  • 334th TRS "Gators" train, develop and inspire through heritage

    As commissioned officers assigned to the 334th Training Squadron, known around the 81st Training Group as the Mighty Gators, training and development are at the very core of our primary duties and competencies.We have to do more than train and develop Airmen, though - we must inspire them.And our heritage can take a starring role in that
  • Wingman Day - What tools are in your trunk?

    Many years ago while driving down a desolate country road on a moonless night I heard the familiar, unwelcome sound of a flat tire thumping along from the back corner of my old car. I found my way onto the dusty shoulder, popped open the trunk and rolled up my sleeves to change the tire.It didn't take long to realize that my simple tire swap would
  • No Flat Squirrels

    (Tech. Sgt. James and Chaplain Henry are currently deployed to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.)If you spend any time around us, you'll hear us remind you that, "Life is full of flat squirrels who couldn't make a decision."Oh, we know you've seen them, those grey furry little creatures who've wandered half way into the road trying to decide which way to
  • The Capitol, crabcakes, and cultivating character

    So there I was - watching my wing commander dragging the Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh's area rug around his humongous office in order to catch the iconic Hap Arnold Wings emblem on the rug in our photos.A few minutes later, I was sitting behind Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody's desk, eating the chocolate-covered
  • The freqs of Keesler AFB

    Freqs are all around us!Freqs, or radio frequencies, are used in everyday gadgets like cell phones, wireless routers, garage door openers and automobile key fobs. In the military, we use frequencies for vital command and control communications, imagery, ballistic missile control, fire control radars, reconnaissance drones and IP services. Have you
  • How a bracelet, Special Olympian changed my life

    There are few things in my life that have altered the way I view things. Before May 9, 2015, I could say joining the military, getting married and giving birth to my baby girl are the few times my life has drastically changed.When I walked on the track at the 2015 Mississippi State Special Olympics I didn't know just on the other side, there was a
  • Spiritual fitness: Just as important as physical fitness

    We have noticed since we set foot upon the ground here almost three months ago that people are willing to endure a lot to keep their bodies in shape. They will execute with meticulous precision, diets, weight-lifting and aerobic routines, cycling feats, chin-ups, sit-ups and push-ups. It takes discipline to complete the activities or routines, and
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