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  • Time is of the essence

    Editor's note:This was written back in 2001 by former wing member Senior Master Sgt. Robin Wilson and we agree still applies today:---------------------------------------------------------------------We need to take the time to prepare our families, our friends, and ourselves. We need to ensure that the plans we previously put in place are still
  • Respect yourself

    For some of us with a few miles under our belts, we might remember a song from the 1970's called "Respect Yourself" by The Staple Singers. In this song, the message is to respect yourself, and others will respect you. One might ask how this pertains to military life. In brief, if one will take the time and effort to show proper courtesies to those
  • Memorial Day "What's it for?"

    It seems that you could ask just about anyone what Memorial day is all about and they would all have some of the same answers. i.e.: camping, the start of summer, time with the family , The Indy 500, baseball games , parades , picnics and so on. Few of those ask would probably say anything at all about paying respect to our fallen men and women or
  • Building the cathedral- a commentary

    I used an analogy with an audience several weeks ago that I would like to share with you. A man came across three masons who were working at chipping chunks of granite from large blocks. The first seemed unhappy at his job, chipping away and frequently looking at his watch. When the man asked what it was that he was doing, the first mason
  • The Air Force Reserve of Today

    Thank you for choosing to serve your country and be a part of the most advanced and elite fighting force in the world. We are lethal, rapid, global, lean, highly technical and all volunteer. We face many challenges today which require all of us to contribute in ways we might not have had to in the past. In our young careers, prior to the first gulf
  • The Next Greatest Generation

    The contributions and sacrifices of the "Greatest Generation" helped shape the course of our history. The Greatest Generation faced a difficult period during the Depression and emerged victorious behind a united front to defeat the evils of the Axis Powers. This generation, that my father is part of, brought an end to WW II. Once again the United
  • The million dollar question

    Question of the month: Who wants to be a millionaire???ME, OOH! ME!! The explosively popular game show is filled with tension, suspense, and a cash prize of one million dollars. The show debuted in 1999 in the U.S. It was hosted by Regis Philbin and literally captured the hearts and minds of 30 million viewers three times a week. There's no easier
  • Holiday Wingmen

    Wingmen and the Holidays The next two months for many are going to be great months. First, Thanksgiving is almost upon us, (we get to stuff ourselves), then Christmas is just around the corner, (we get to make those around us happy with gift giving). Unfortunately there may be a few of us who may not be looking forward to the holidays and the joy
  • What is patriotism?

    What is patriotism? "In a general way, patriotism means love of country -- love of one's country or one's homeland. Look deep into the patriot, and we find core values. I suggest that these core values are more similar than different, when compared across boundaries of politics, economics, language, and other cultural characteristics. Most of us
  • Carrying flag is metaphor of life

    Reprinted from an earlier Gateway I didn't know I'd be learning a valuable lesson the first time I marched with the flag and the 932nd Airlift Wing. Nine of us carried the smaller 20 by 30-foot flag. We needed more people because it was windy. I was in the middle at the back of the flag, and I clutched the flag firmly and closely to my neck. I