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  • That is how one learns we are a team

    When I started at the 349th Air Mobility Wing as a non-prior service Airman more than 15 years ago, I really had no idea what being in the Reserves was all about.
  • Preparing for the unknown

    The phrase “Full Spectrum Readiness” has been identified as a priority by our senior leadership extensively this last year…but what does it really mean?
  • Diversity for Creativity: Deliberately Cultivating Innovation

    Developing creative solutions to emerging problems is exciting business! Cultivating an environment where creative solutions are fostered and groupthink is mitigated takes deliberate work. Those familiar with organizational decision-making processes are likely aware of the groupthink theory. This theory speaks to the potential for poor or limited decisions resulting from conformist members of an often homogenous group. The same pitfall that can hamper the boardroom is just as likely to stall a brainstorming session.
  • 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.
  • Cheering for the real heroes

    In downtown San Antonio, the air was thick with anticipation.The throng of excited fans waited outside the hotel for most of the afternoon, hoping to catch a glimpse of a "hero." When one appeared, the crowd instantly came to life, cheering loudly as police officers worked to ensure fans kept proper distance. Cameras flashed, hands were shaken, and
  • Are you involved or committed?

    I recently heard an analogy involving a common breakfast meal, Ham and Eggs. "With Ham and Eggs, the hen is involved, while the pig is committed." I enjoyed reading this, since it involves food, but I don't think we can substitute any other pair - spam and rice, fish and chips, hotcakes and sausage, and peanut butter and jelly all don't work very
  • Keeping morale in the crosshairs

    I distinctly recall a conversation with one of my squadron mates who had just returned from a deployment to Baghdad. When I asked how his deployment faired, he excitedly described all the great things the team accomplished, the list of new opportunities he was able to undertake and the host of new people he had met. He then ended with "and morale
  • Having a safe summer

    The upcoming Memorial Day weekend is the beginning of the 101 critical days of summer campaign, which runs through Labor Day. Historically, this period has seen an increase in the number of fatalities associated with sports, recreation and motor vehicle travel. Last summer was the safest in the last decade for the Air Force, with 16 fatalities.
  • Maintaining the mobility mindset

    Finally! We completed our Operational Readiness Inspection and the endless drill weekends bringing in our personal  bags, studying our Airman's Manual and participating in Wing Operational Readiness Exercises, where we processed our pallets and people through the deployment  center. Some people told me we can now get back to our normal UTA schedule
  • Commitment to our 'Ohana

    Family is our number one priority. Whether it be your family at home, your Group/Squadron family or your Community family, nothing is more important.I was pleased when our PA shop asked to run the current photo on the cover of Pacific Crossings, as it directly relates to the family aspect of our service. The uniform and the "Jets on a Stick"
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