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  • If you can't stand the heat ... stay out of the fire department!

    It's a common misconception among my friends and coworkers that I have a thing for firemen. Yes, it may be true that my face is so familiar at the fire department that they gave me my own - personalized ("Fire Department Public Affairs") - T-shirt. Yes, I'm on first name terms with many of the firefighters (British and American), including the
  • Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month: representing my heritage with great pride and respect

    In honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, I'd like to share with you a tradition of my homeland of American Samoa. Not up on your geography? American Samoa is located halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand in the South Pacific Ocean.  It became a U.S. territory on April 17, 1900 after the United Kingdom and Germany turned over all their
  • Together everyone achieves more -- hard work and teamwork reap results

    Hard work and more importantly teamwork pays off. With the mindset of "Together Everyone Achieves More", the 100th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron showed its capabilities by simultaneously launching eight KC-135R Stratotankers here May 9. The launch allowed the aircrews to perform formation flying, and it offered an opportunity for maintenance to
  • Diversity is all around us

    It's that time of year again - the time when we've recovered from the holidays and are now in full swing with this year's busy agenda. During the past month, we've been engaged in presidential support, atypical medical evacuation missions, and last week, we hosted our new U.S. Air Forces in Europe Commander Gen. Roger Brady. Although we'll continue
  • The story of a former fat girl

    I've done a lot of hard things in my life, but this one takes the cake - well, OK not cake anymore. I have a special saying for people who eat cake but I keep a close hold of that so I don't offend anyone. Before deploying recently, I wrote two articles about fitness that were published here on the Marauder Online. I e-mailed them to one of my
  • CSAF announces 2008 reading list

    Developing Airmen remains one of my key priorities; to that end I've carefully selected each book on my 2008 reading list. Victory -- whether on the front lines of today's Long War or in the air, space and cyberspace surrounding tomorrow's foes -- will be determined in large part by the expertise of our Airmen. Lifelong education is a crucial part
  • Happy Holidays ... and thanks

    Whether here at RAF Mildenhall or deployed downrange, you've probably noticed it's that time of year again ... the holidays! I know everyone is busy with the hustle and bustle of the season combined with just everyday living; however, hopefully this season will bring you some time to think about the past year. As you gather at home with family,
  • SECAF, CSAF: Make a difference this holiday season

    Thank you for the difference you make every day, defending the United States of America and promoting our interests and ideals around the world. As the holiday season approaches, we encourage you to make a special effort to make a difference in the lives of those immediately around you. Many of you will travel to your hometowns across the country.
  • Time for deployment: the hardest part is saying goodbye

    Well, the most dreaded part of any deployment has finally arrived. Saying goodbye to your family isn't easy, in fact I'd say it's the single toughest thing I've done in my life. Being in the military provides plenty of opportunities to say goodbye, but it never gets any easier - especially when you're headed to a hostile area full of uncertainty.
  • Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision

    Andrew Carnegie once said, "Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results." I have been very fortunate thus far in my short military career to be a member of the 31st Aircraft