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Senior Airman Matthew Baldyga unbuckles the safety harness after climbing the radio frequency tower for training at Naval Weapons Station Charleston, June 14. Airman Baldyga is a radio frequency transmissions journeyman with the 628 Communications Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sergeant Katie Gieratz) Don't forget about the garlic bread
In the Air Force, we focus on safety during key times of the year, like the Critical Days of Summer, or prior to the winter holidays. We also focus on safety before missions with increased risk levels. But the truth is, we must have safety on our minds at all times, whether we are flying a refueling or airlift mission, or having a barbeque in our
0 10/14
2011
Belinda Bell is an Air Force student hire who works for the 452 AMDS at March Air Reserve Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Megan Crusher) MARCH MINUTES: A student hire at the March clinic balances work, children and college
Originally from Alma, Ga., Belinda Bell is a federal "student hire" employee who works for at the clinic at March Air Reserve Base, Calif.  Here, she shares a day in her life as she balances school, home and college commitments (the date she tracked was Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011). 0653 Made it to work in record time. I smell the coffee brewing and
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2011
Jeffrey W. Konersman, Chief of Fire Emergency Services, sits at his desk at the March Air Reserve Base Fire Department Sept. 27, 2010. Keep us out of a job!
Fire Prevention Week is a long and well-established annual tradition of all fire departments across the nation. In memory of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, we continue to expand our training, encouraging members of the public to practice fire safety in their homes in hopes of keeping them away from a similar horrible fate. We train very, very
0 10/13
2011
Master Sgt. Bruno DeBacker inspects the engine fire containment system on the port engine of a KC-135 Stratotanker parked inside the Pride Hangar at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., Aug. 24, 2011. DeBacker has exchanged letters and U.S. flags with students in Junction City, Ohio, for nearly a decade.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Joe Davidson United by the flag
As an aircraft electro-environmental systems air reserve technician on both cargo and tanker aircraft, I am required to deploy worldwide in support of varied missions. Being away from home can be stressful and lonely, and small things can make a big difference in the quality of life while deployed.During one such deployment in February 2002 to
0 9/29
2011
Tech. Sgt. Faviola Venegas is a flight records manager for the 452nd Operational Support Squadron at March Air Reserve Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Joe Davidson) MARCH MINUTES: Keeping the records straight
Tech. Sgt. Faviola Venegas is an Air Force reservist and member of the 452nd Operational Support Squadron.  Here, she shares a day in her life as a flight records manager (the date she tracked was Aug. 18, 2011).  0722 Chief Rae is already in her office. I greet her, fire up my computer and print the daily reports, which tell me what aviation
0 9/29
2011
"Over There: March ARB Deployed" was the theme of this year's Military Ball at Raincross Square Riverside Convention Center.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Michael Blair) CHAPLAINS' CORNER: Learning to stay sharp
One thing that drives me nuts is having a knife with a dull blade. Unfortunately, most of the knives in my house are dull and in need of sharpening. However, it wasn't always that way. When my wife and I were engaged and registering for wedding gifts, I remember taking hours trying to find the perfect set of kitchen knives. I didn't care too much
0 9/22
2011
The 15th annual Air Force Marathon and 10K events are under way as the first of 13,000 runners cross the starting line to begin their individual events. This year's event included runners from all 50 states and 15 countries. 45 runners had previously run the other 14 annual marathon events. The marathon was held on and around Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, Sept. 17. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Joe Davidson) MARCH MINUTES: Running the Air Force Half Marathon
Staff Sgt. Steve Sobieraj is an Air Force reservist and member of the 452nd Security Forces Squadron at March Air Reserve Base, Calif. He flew to Wright-Patterson AFB on Sept. 16 with 92 other runners from March to participate in the Air Force Marathon weekend races.  Here, he describes running the 13.1-mile Air Force Half Marathon.0522: Woke up
0 9/22
2011
In this "Remember 9-11" illustration, the "11" is designed to resemble the twin towers of the World Trade Center, while the five-sided border represents the Pentagon. Both of these landmarks were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, and nearly 3,000 people were killed. (image by David Paranteau) The morning everything changed
On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, I was at home in Murrieta with my 3-year-old and 6-month-old sons. My husband is a United Airline pilot and he was on a trip with a layover in Hawaii. He called me around 7 a.m. and told me to turn on the news. I was in shock and could not take my eyes from the news broadcast. After the initial shock wore off, the
0 9/08
2011
MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho – The base library has moved to the new Gunfighter Service Center and has resumed its normal hours of operations. The library provides reading materials and DVDs for check-out, as well as computer stations for research. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Gina Chiaverotti-Paige) Cliffwar notes
Modern literature is not built on the perfect iambic pentameter, a seamless haiku, or even a flawless sonnet, but rather, modern literature has created a phenomenon of truth, a question of events and an examination of accuracy. In yonder times, authors such as Stephen Crane and Ambrose Bierce wrote about the Civil War to recognize heroes and
0 8/26
2011
Worship services are held in the March Air Reserve Base Chapel each unit training assembly weekend. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Megan Just) CHAPLAINS' CORNER: Who is the wingman for the chaplain?
A top priority for all of us in the Air Force is to be a good wingman and to have a wingman. Have you ever wondered who the wingmen are for the chaplains? We have them and they are the best -- they are our chaplain assistants.The job description for a chaplain assistant reads: "To provide support for the chaplains, to oversee the chapel, maintain
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2011
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