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Default Air Force Logo What service before self truly means
Think of what you might have to offer -- time, effort or skill. If there is something you are passionate about, harness it, support someone in need and make a difference; keep the spirit of service before self, alive.
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From Left, Maj. Gen. John Flournoy Jr, 4th Air Force commander;  Chief Master Sgt. Mark Barber, 315th Airlift Wing command chief; Col. Cherie Roff, 315th Mission Support Group commander; Lt. Col. John Robinson, 315th Operations Group vice commander (seated); Col. Gregory Gilmour, 315th AW commander; Tech Sgt. Tim Kelly, 315th AW Safety; and Col. Sharon Johnson, incoming 315th Maintenance Group commander, pose with the Raincross Trophy Oct. 20 after the 315th AW received the award at the Raincross Trophy Dinner in Riverside, California. (Courtesy photo) Commentary: Well done, this is your trophy
If you haven’t heard the news, our wing was honored in October with the Raincross Trophy for being selected as the Best Wing in Fourth Air Force. This is a big deal. It means that of the 16 Wings and one group within 4th AF, we’re the best.
0 12/08
Command Chief Master Sergeant, 315th Airlift Wing The Importance of Good Character
Someone once said that people of genius are admired, people of wealth are envied, people of power are feared, but only people of “character” are trusted. Without character…you cannot be trusted, and if you be cannot be trusted…you cannot lead. The word character comes from the Greek, meaning "to make a mark." Your character is your mark on the world. Character can be defined as the sum of one’s characteristics. Whereas, strength of character, is to have strong characteristics that are of value to others and to one’s self. Said another way, the ethical values we all strive to represent are characteristics, while strength of character is the extent to which you execute your values.
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Brig. Gen. James “Jimmy” Stewart (Painted right, during tenure as colonel) flew more than 20 combat missions into enemy territory as a command pilot. His missions included bombing raids in Berlin, Brunswick, Bremen, Frankfurt, and Schweinfurt.  By the end of World War II, Stewart had risen to the rank of colonel. He remained in the Air Force Reserve, and eventually became a brigadier general in 1959. In 1968, he retired from the Air Force and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, and ultimately, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. (U.S. Air Force Painting by Senior Airman Tom Brading) Jimmy Stewart: True American Patriot
Jimmy Stewart once said, “What’s wrong with wanting to fight for your country? Why are people reluctant to use the word patriotism?”
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Col. Gregory Gilmour, 315th Airlift Wing commander (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathan Lane) Embracing diversity by leading from the front
Often times when we hear terms like diversity and inclusion, we think of them more as buzz words or a way to hold someone accountable for not doing the right thing.But what does diversity actually mean to us in the Air Force?  To me, it’s simple, place the right people in the right positions to execute our mission!I recently had the opportunity to
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Default Air Force Logo Shattering the silence
Experiencing domestic abuse took my voice away, and during the thick of it, I didn’t even recognize myself anymore. Well, I have my voice back and I’m breaking my silence.
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Lt. Gen. James Jackson, Air Force Reserve Command commander From the Top: Passing the Torch
The ending of any assignment is bittersweet, and the end of this one is no different. As I prepare to transition into the next phase with my family, I am excited but also a bit sad. We have accomplished so much together over the last four years, and it will be hard to leave the incredible people and families in our Air Force Reserve. However, I am
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Lt. Col. John Robinson, 315th Operations Group deputy commander, jumps out of a Joint Base Charleston C-17 Globemaster III over Fryar Drop Zone at Fort Benning, Georgia when he attended the Army's Basic Airborne Course. For 15 years Robinson has been on the other end of the C-17 dropping Soldiers for the BAC, this time it was his brothers in the 701st Airlift Squadron were at the controls. (Courtesy photo) An adventure of a lifetime
Everybody has their idea of what an “adventure of a lifetime” is for them. I got to realize one of those adventures recently as I was invited to attend the Army’s Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Georgia. Many events led to an invitation by the battalion commander of the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment to attend. He even invited me to
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A C-17 Globemaster III on the ramp in Havana, Cuba for a presidential support mission flown by a reserve crew from the 701st Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Charleston, SC.  The diplomatic mission was the first time a sitting U.S. president has visited the communist nation in 88 years.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Wayne Capps) Being a part of history
As I touched down in Cuba on a mission to support the president on his inaugural visit to Havana, I couldn’t help to think, this is one that I will tell my grandkids about. Cuba and I seem to have a love hate relationship lately. I was deployed to Guantanamo Bay last year and was running media operations when President Obama announced the
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Default Air Force Logo The ‘Dirty Dozen’: what it means to serve as a Reservist
When I was the spouse of a Reservist (which was the better part of my five years of marriage), I didn't get it. My husband would work his normal work week, then square away his uniform on Friday night for drill on Saturday and Sunday. Come Monday morning, he was back at work, and I had no concept of the toll it took - until I became a Reservist
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