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  • Women’s History Month: looking around as important as looking back

    She’s only seven, but the potential is there. A strong athlete, engaged student, and natural leader; I have no doubt that my daughter could make a difference in tomorrow’s Air Force. Exactly what that Air Force will look like more than a decade from now is anyone’s guess, but one thing’s definitive -- it will be as diverse as it is agile, powerful,
  • Veterans Day: Pay tribute with your time

    My grandfather was a hero for many reasons. Flying combat sorties in his B-25 Mitchell bomber over the China-Burma-India Theater during WWII was only one of them, but an important one nonetheless. He went to war because he was asked to. Not for a career, not for a paycheck, but because his nation needed him, plain and simple.A few weeks ago, the
  • Getting to know your UTANG State Headquarters

    As an orphaned member of the 101st Information Operations Flight due to the mission being moved to Florida and the unit shutting down, I was recently notified that I would be transferred to State Headquarters as my new home in the Utah Air National Guard.The State Headquarters... that's in Draper, right?Wrong.While working 11 years "behind the
  • New inspection system allows for positive change of focus

    How many of you remember putting in countless extra hours of comprehensive preparation in the months leading up to an operational readiness inspection and/or a unit compliance inspection from your major command (MAJCOM) inspection team? Although the advent of the consolidated unit inspection generally reduced the frequency of inspections, we
  • Service Without Recognition

    As military members, much of our work goes unseen or unnoticed by the public. We need to keep in mind our goals and why we do what we do. Until then, we risk losing sight of our purpose and our part in the mission.I recently watched a documentary about a man named Kevin Clash. He was born to a poor family in Baltimore in 1960. In this film, he is
  • Excellence is the Common

    As we begin a new year, we have the opportunity to reflect on our personal progress for continued improvement. Often it is the mundane and the routine that stands in the way of excellence. However, Booker T. Washington reminds us that, "excellence is to do common things in an uncommon way." Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "If a man is called to be
  • Utah ANG hosts former generals for senior statesmen breakfast

    On Jan. 5, 2012, Brig. Gen. David Fountain hosted a morning breakfast briefing for nine retired general officers of the Utah Air National Guard. The event provided the opportunity for the commanders of the wing and tenant units to brief their current mission taskings, successes and the challenges facing their organizations both today and in the
  • New 151st ARW First Sergeant shares life-long lessons

    In one of the periodicals I frequently read, there's a section that asks people in the news what they've learned over their lifetime. As I begin my new position, I thought I would share some of the lessons I've learned over the years as well as some insight into who I am.I don't yell much anymore. I find that when I yell, I usually have to go back
  • Cowboys who ride Stratotankers

    Cowboys haven't gone anywhere. They just joined the Utah Air National Guard and became pilots. These horsemen took the Wild West up to roam the "wild blue" on the wings of more technologically advanced beasts. The KC-135 Stratotanker is the mother of all these beasts. This in-flight refueling tanker provides crucial fuel to thirsty F-16 Fighter
  • The Reason for the Season

    As we immerse ourselves in another busy December with all of the demands of the holidays, I invite all of us--at some point before we get too busy, over-committed, or stressed--to slow things down long enough and ask, "What is the point of it all? Why all the rushing around with the purchasing of gifts, the consuming of delicious (and often
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