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  • 81st MDG celebrates National Physician Assistant Week

    National Physician Assistant Week is held annually October 6-12 to recognize the physician assistant profession and their contributions to the country’s health care system.   The physician assistant profession bears its origins in the military, as its cohort of four physician assistants in 1965 were Navy hospital corpsmen who had received initial
  • My heritage lives in me

    I'll never forget the night I first met him.   It was late and raining outside. We pulled up to his house in Tennessee and my dad and I walked up to the front door. When the door opened I saw a tall shadowy figure standing in front of me. He didn't say a single word. He just held out his hand and at that moment I wasn't scared anymore.   I was
  • What's in a badge?

    When out and about on the base, I’m often asked the meaning of my Air Force Inspector General Badge. More often than not, when I tell someone I work for the 81st Training Wing IG office, the common response is a raised eyebrow. This look obviously indicates some are leery or do not fully understand the role of an IG member.   With very few
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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