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  • Watching out for lost wingmen

    I make it a point to ask, remind and encourage everyone to take care of the people around them, in the squadron and in the wing. That is part of being a good wingman. But, there’s another part to being a good wingman. In the flying community there is a term called lost wingman. That call is made when the wingman loses sight or contact with the lead. The call is made because it’s a serious safety of flight issue to be lost or out of contact. The procedure is to change your direction for a short period of time and then get back into contact and back on heading. There is no shame in calling lost wingman.
  • Narrow the scope, improve the force

    Our collective failure to lead boldly and teach others to do the same has led us towards the end of our runway.
  • Serving with pride

    I am an American Airman. I am a warrior. I have answered my nation’s call. I am a wingman, a photojournalist and a husband. I am gay.
  • Finding strength, resiliency through Air Force family

    Airman 1st Class Christopher Thornbury said his Air Force family has been with him for over a year and helped him through the loss of his son, Emmitt Alan Thornbury.
  • Heavy drinking: Highway to disaster

    Heavy drinking is defined as consuming five or more standard drinks in one sitting. It is also considered "high risk" drinking due to the health concerns associated with drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. Many stories about heavy drinking are glamorized, not publicized, or forgotten altogether, so behaviors don't change.
  • ‘Tis the season to drink responsibly

    Holiday drinking often leads to buzzed and drunk driving. Mothers Against Drunk Driving reports that approximately 1,000 people die between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day each year in drunk driving crashes. Hundreds more are injured or impacted.
  • How did we lose this young Airman?

    She was an Airman Leadership School distinguished graduate, earned staff sergeant her first time testing, received all 5s on her Enlisted Performance Reports and took part in two deployments. Clearly she was a high-performing Airman. But, in her words, the Air Force had made it clear it didn't want her. What happened that made this Airman leave the service?
  • Suicide prevention: What you can do

    September 8th through the 14th is National Suicide Prevention Week. However, many people are hesitant to get involved in the discussion on the topic of suicide prevention. This is concerning because the ability to get involved and intervene is critical to saving lives.
  • Be a Wingman's 'ghost' during holiday season

    I need each of you to be a "ghost" to your Wingman during this holiday season. No, that doesn't mean I want you to "disappear" when it's convenient for you-quite the opposite. Let me explain by saying, "Bah, humbug!" Dickens' classic Ebenezer Scrooge character perhaps sums up what your Wingman might be thinking right now. It could be "Bah, humbug" about the deployment, home station issues, guilt of not being home with family, or a variety of endless things that are dragging down your Wingman.
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