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  • Multi-Faceted Citizen-Airmen Train for a Multi-Faceted MOANG Mission

    The Citizen-Airmen of the 131st Bomb Wing are multi-faceted; like all Airmen, they bring technical prowess to their AFSCs; airpower awareness in our profession of arms; and the integrity, service and excellence of our Air Force values.  But unique from other Airmen, they also lead and serve in civilian careers that they pursue outside of their
  • If You Give an Airman Orders ...

    A favorite book to read to my kids when they were younger was "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie."  The story told of a series of events that followed the simple act of, well, giving a mouse a cookie. In a similar respect, some rather interesting things happen after you give an Airman PCS orders, or - if in the Guard like I am; or for working spouses or
  • SOS: Save Our Stories!

    Lt. Olin "Short Round" Hardy was beloved by the men he served with, not just because he was a great forward observer, but because he managed to bridge the infinite divide between Artillery, his trade, and the Infantry of Company L. His misadventures bringing scavenged creature comforts to the foxholes at the front, or in bringing extra fire to bear
  • Why is the word 'rape' no longer offensive?

    It used to be that no one made jokes or even referenced the word "rape." Now, you can't watch a comedy without someone screaming "rape" in the middle of a comical fight scene or listening to a fellow Airman about how his last CDC exam or PT test "raped" him.I served as an Airman leader at my technical training school. While there, we had a sexual
  • MWR programs have historical lineage but uncertain future

    As community partners, your continued support of Whiteman Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs is crucial.The MWR fund supports so many programs around the base, including the library, the club system, the child development center, the bowling alley, the golf course, the auto hobby shop, outdoor recreation, the archery range, and many more
  • Feedback: The Perfect Gift

    It's the most wonderful time of the year - a time to run around stores late into the night, looking for the perfect gifts to give to family, friends and even co-workers.  Workplace holiday gifts can be the most problematic - there are all those government ethics rules, hierarchy sensitivities and office politics to consider.  How do you decide the
  • I hate moving, but...

    Although I already stated it in the headline, I still feel the need to restate it. I hate moving.Two months ago I moved from St. Louis to Kansas City. As I was moving my wife's heavy roll-top desk into our new home, I swore to her that this most recent move will definitely be our last. Despite being Air National Guard and never "PCSing," I have
  • Why I became a victim advocate for fellow Airmen

    (Editor's note: Though the author chose to remain anonymous, this is the real story of one Airman's experience with sexual assault. Be mindful that no two sexual assault stories are the same. If you, or anyone you know, has been or is currently a victim of any sexual crime, contact the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator or a victim's
  • 15 seconds: A rude awakening

    Gut-wrenching screams, the shattering of glass, and the unforgettable sounds of metal twisting and bending all around me as my truck rolls over and over again. I thought those were going to be my last memories.April 12, 2012, started out like any other Thursday for me. I woke up early enough to take a quick shower and grab some breakfast before
  • Taming the “Tyranny of the Urgent”

    Many Airmen lead incredibly busy lives, full of unfinished tasks that we often wish we had more hours in the day to fit it all in, and in our professional lives, budgets remain tight, the Air Force is shrinking, and we are challenged to do more with less. Yet the demands on our time never seem to diminish. We are overdue on annual online training,