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  • Summary dissolution -- faster procedure to California divorce

    Nobody gets married with the intention of later getting divorced. Unfortunately, divorce is one of the most common reasons why airmen visit Legal Assistance. If you or your spouse is a resident of California (have lived in California for the last six months, and for at least three months in the county where you plan to file), provided certain
  • Exercises prepare Airmen for inspections, real-world situations

    I am so impressed with the attitude and professionalism of this wing. You are all doing a fantastic job and I am proud of you. I hold the leadership throughout the wing accountable for taking care of you. I also expect every member of the wing to do his or her part to facilitate and exercise a culture of feedback.Let me explain by sharing a few of
  • We all have to make choices

    Back when I lived in the rural Midwest, late September and October were harvest times for farming communities. For many frantic weeks, farmers would be out in the fields from morning to night, trying to beat the first snowfall, harvesting the crops planted earlier that spring. In southwest Minnesota, the harvest normally consisted of two crops:
  • I would go to war with you any day of the week

    ORI stories: As told by Maj. Kevin Marzette, 50th Aerial Port SquadronHaving served time in the U.S. Army, the most profound compliment that can be rendered to a fellow soldier is, 'I would go to war with you any day of the week.' Well, my experience during the recent Operational Readiness Exercise, Sept. 16 to 23, echoed that very sentiment with
  • Air Force training prepares you for the unexpected

    Each Unit Training Assembly is chocked full of training classes, sometimes to the point of not getting any job-related work done. At times, I hear the rumblings of, "not another class" or "didn't I already complete this training?" but after my recent experience, I know how valuable this training can be.The skills from one of those training sessions
  • Get to know your first sergeants

    What does a train conductor, a school teacher, a bronze star with valor recipient, an ice cream scooper, a top secret projects administrator and the owner of the best-looking mustache in the Air Force Reserve have in common? Are they contestants on a reality show or characters in a thrilling novel? No -- they are members of your 452nd Air Mobility
  • Teamwork: We could all use a helping hand

    I talked with a chaplain recently about his late grandfather who competed in horse pulling contests. Yes, horse pulling. That's a reality show I haven't seen yet. The horses would be hitched up to a log or stone, or anything else that might be handy. The object was to see whose team could pull the most.His grandfather won numerous awards at fairs
  • Navigate the legal process with free, court-sponsored assistance

    If you are seeking assistance with identifying the proper legal forms to use, and/or need help completing legal forms that you intend to file in a California court, court-sponsored "self-help centers" are an excellent no-cost resource.Additionally, self-help centers regularly provide free, legal workshops and seminars on legal topics including
  • Hometown Airman Attends 9/11 Remembrance at Elementary School

    Remembering back to that fateful day in 2001, I came to know that morning in September would become a very important day for many, as well as historic. It was a day for making plans, a day for going to school and to work. It was a beginning for our country and a day that would serve as the end of an era in the U.S. For the first time in six
  • We take honor in laying our fallen veterans to rest

    For most, the start of their duty day brings about a new beginning, a new chapter in life; however, for those in my line of duty, it closes a chapter by putting the kindred souls of our nation's heroes to rest. I oversee a funeral honors team of 28 members who, when called upon, stand ready to present honors at the funerals of fallen veterans in
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