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  • Commentary: Keeping a positive attitude in changing times

    I recently had a young Airman ask me how he could continue to maintain a positive outlook regarding his career with all of the personnel and budget cuts that are taking place in the Air Force. It's a fair question. Change usually brings about a degree of uncertainty in our lives, and if we're not careful, it is easy to allow uncertainty to have a
  • Guard civil engineers to deploy to Arizona desert for fence building duty

    About 40 members of the Arkansas Air National Guard's 189th Airlift Wing will deploy for training to Yuma, Ariz., March 31 - April 14 to support Operation Jump Start, the nation's U.S. Border Patrol support mission for the National Guard. A majority of the Arkansas Airmen are assigned to the 189th Civil Engineering Squadron, the rest are Airmen
  • Guard security forces headed to Korea for exercise

    A 13-member team of the 189th Security Forces Squadron departs for an exercise in South Korea March 9 - April 1. The exercise, is an annual Republic of Korea command post exercise and field-training exercise, demonstrating U.S. resolve to support South Korea against external aggression. The 189th Security Forces Squadron team will participate in
  • 223 CBCS earns AF recognition

    The Arkansas Air National Guard's 223rd Combat Communications Squadron was part of a communications group awarded the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award during the squadron's February unit training assembly. Based in Hot Springs, the unit is one of four squadrons aligned under the 254th Combat Communications Group, which is based in Garland, Texas,
  • Unmatched muscle meets pinpoint precision

    Air National Guard and Active-duty C-130 airlifters were put through the paces of learning the Joint Precision Airdrop System during follow-on training Feb. 12-16 at the 34th Combat Training Squadron here. JPADS is the Air Force's newest smart weapon -- GPS guided cargo bundles. It uses a steer-able parachute to deliver the cargo to a precise
  • 41st AS under new management

    For 36 years, the 41st Airlift Squadron "Blackcats" have called Pope AFB home, but Friday's realignment ceremony marked a new beginning as the unit heads to Little Rock AFB, Ark. The 41st AS will stand up in Little Rock on April 5, under the command of Lt. Col. Dan Tulley. The current 41st AS commander, Lt. Col. Thomas Crimmins, noted that the
  • Personnel leader briefs 'Rock' warriors on changes, issues

    Before a standing room only crowd at the base theater, Mr. Roger Blanchard, Air Force assistant deputy chief of staff for manpower and personnel, briefed men and women of the Rock Feb. 6 about the top personnel issues affecting the Air Force. "These are dynamic and challenging times," said Mr. Blanchard. "You're living transformation everyday," he
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  • 'Shock and awe' - karate style

    '"Shock and awe."Those words were echoed by a member from the 314th Airlift Wing when he received his first place trophy among the top five winners in his belt category at The Battle of the Bayou Martial Arts Karate Championships in Shreveport, La., Feb 3. "I was definitely in shock and completely in awe," said a smiling Master Sgt. Jay "Byrd"

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