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  • Proper Care of the Flag

    Few organizations and communities can match the depth of national pride seen on Hickam Air Force Base. This is especially true concerning display of the Stars and Stripes; and I'm not only referring to the base and numerous ceremonial flags, which dot the base's landscape, but also numerous smaller flags adorning the homes of the men and women who
  • In Honor and Respect

    Memorial Day's tradition to decorate the graves of the fallen began when women in the South decorated the graves of confederate soldiers who gave their lives during the Civil War. This day became official May 5, 1868, by proclamation of General John Logan, who was national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. After WW I, the holiday changed
  • Physical fitness a vital measure of readiness

    Imagine reporting for duty one morning and having your supervisor say you've been selected for a 270-day deployment to a provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan. After the news begins to sink in, you then find out you have to complete some tough combat skills training at Fort Bragg, N.C. Holy cow! Oh, and by the way, you need to be there in
  • Faith, fitness correlate more than I thought

    While working the night shift during the ORI, I started thinking about the relationship of fitness to faith, especially since I am a chaplain. I perused the internet and found the book, "Faith and Fitness: Diet and Exercise for a Better World," by Tom Hafer. I was intrigued, so I ordered 15 copies of the book and decided to see if others were
  • AFAF – Taking care of our own

    I am most proud of the priority we place on taking care of our fellow Airmen and their families. A great example of taking care of our own is the Air Force Assistance Fund (AFAF) annual fundraising effort. Through the AFAF, the Air Force Village Foundation, Air Force Aid Society, LeMay Foundation and the Air Force Enlisted Village provide tangible
  • Carter G. Woodson and the Origins of Multiculturalism

    From its inception, America has been a landscape peopled by diverse ethnic and racial groups, and today virtually all peoples are represented. Even though America has always been racially and ethnically diverse, the nation's self-image has not always recognized its multicultural history. Until the last decades of the twentieth century, America has
  • PACAF commander sends message to Airmen

    Fellow PACAF Airmen, Eva-Marie and I are excited to be back in the Pacific--a place we have been previously assigned and enjoy greatly. We deeply appreciate the warm welcome. The Pacific is a place of vital interest to our Nation and Air Force and will continue to grow in importance. I am certain you will continue to provide our Chief of Staff and
  • Bill of Rights Day

    America's Revolutionary War Patriots fought hard to establish this Country and for the freedoms we still cherish today. On 15 Dec 1791 the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution were ratified and have since been referred to as The Bill of Rights. As proclaimed by President Roosevelt in 1941 on the 150th anniversary of their ratification,
  • Veterans -- Ambassadors for Life

    This past summer we dedicated the Atterbury Memorial Park and Pacific Legacy Pathway on Hickam Air Force Base as a tribute to the many Pacific Airmen who graced these skies over the last 90 years. As we celebrate Veterans Day, we honor not only the contributions of those enshrined throughout this memorial but also the contributions that you make
  • A Chaplain’s Work – More than Worship

    The word "privilege" is defined as freedom, license or opportunity. While serving as a deployed staff chaplain at Balad Air Base Iraq, from January through May 2007, I had the significant privilege of being allowed to travel much of Iraq to visit Airmen serving in "In Lieu Of" or ILO missions. In Lieu Of jobs are normally Army missions but are

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