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  • Are we doing enough?

    He's dead now. My friend Henry was such a comedian. He did the goofiest things to make you laugh, and his antics always succeeded. Although he was funny, he was also sensitive and at times took things to heart. He strived to be number one and pushed himself to be the best he could. I know this as a friend and as an employer, because when I first
  • Spring Fire Safety Tips

    Spring is here, and with that cleaning up from the long winter, making repairs around the home and enjoying the outdoors. Keeping a few safety thoughts in mind will help ensure a fun enjoyable spring and summer.   The F.E. Warren Fire Department would like everyone to enjoy the nice weather and activities that come this time of year.  It may not
  • Remembering the past, looking to the future

    “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”  These were the words of Jewish author, Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel. Born Sept. 30, 1928, in Sighet, Transylvania, now part of Romania, Wiesel grew up with his father, mother and three sisters.  In
  • Air Force Spouse Relationships are Key to Mission Success

    When our fifth child was born, my husband sent a birth announcement to the “Jet 48,” a weekly magazine published at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England. It had a regular column featuring the parents of the children born in the base community.  As a joke, he added a title to my name: “Mundford Off-Base Installation Commander.”  What a surprise we
  • Resolve to be “resilient”

    It’s late March, which is usually the time of year when people have given up on the goals and resolutions they set for themselves at the start of the new year. How are you doing with your goals? Are you staying focused? Are you thinking about giving up and settling for mediocrity? Below are some thoughts and advice on how to stay the course,
  • In recognition of women’s contributions to nation

    March is National Women’s History Month. The theme for 2016 is, “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government.”  Women’s History Month highlights women who have shaped America’s history and its future through their public service and government leadership. It began as a national celebration in 1981 when
  • Lessons learned in the missile complex

    As part of an effort to knock out multiple public affairs tasks, I spent a night at a missile alert facility. At the risk of coming across as a missile field newbie, I would like to explain what I learned about the operations in the field and the ICBM Airmen who conduct them.The first thing that stuck out to me was the drive out to the site.The
  • “I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

    “I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired.” These were famous words spoken by a courageous, passionate and determined Fannie Lou Hamer.  Hamer emerged as an active participant during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. She was born Oct. 6, 1917, in Montgomery County, Mississippi. As the youngest of 20 children, she was a sharecropper most of
  • My spouse, our perks

    “What happened to all the ABU shirts?,” asks my husband as he frantically searches through our cluttered closet for a clean shirt to wear under his uniform. I think to myself, “You would know if you did the laundry,” but my sensible side persuades me to hold my tongue and help him pack his gym bag.  There’s no sense in arguing when we’re both tired
  • Remember! Celebrate! Act A Day On, Not A Day Off!

    “I say to you today, my friends, though, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created