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  • Have faith, trust in destiny

    (Editor's Note:  This commentary originally posted in the "Desert Eagle," the deployed newsletter of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing during Chaplain Moore's deployment.)Can you recall a time in your life when you had a plan, idea or a goal, only to be disappointed by circumstances that did not allow it to come to fruition? Many times in
  • Update to 459th Military Pay Office

    There is a valid, great concern in the 459th Air Refueling Wing about the ability of the Military Pay Office (MPO) to pay our members in a timely, accurate manner. I do not want wing members to think that this concern has been ignored, or that it will never get better. Both could not be farther from the truth. There is good reason why we got to
  • "Where Are We Going in 2010?"

    Well, 2009 went by in a blur. Busy, busy, busy. And so, where are we going in 2010? We spent the majority of 2009 preparing for inspections, being inspected, or responding to inspection write-ups. All that helped us get our foundational programs on a sound footing, and now all we have to do is keep those programs on track! That won't be easy, but
  • Personnel Records Display Application (PRDA)

    Many of you know that the MPF went through the process of reviewing your "record" (UPRG) and sent it to ARPC to be scanned into an electronic record. Well, this process is complete. The information below is how to obtain your personal record and if you are in a position of commander, supervisor, first sergeant, CSS you have been identified by your
  • Gold Star Mother Re-enlists

    (Editor's note: Michele Norris participated in a mass enlistment October 11 at the Vietnam Memorial, Washington D.C. The mass enlistment swore into service ten individuals who that day became members of the Air Force Reserves. The oath was administered by Col. William T. Cahoon, commander of the 459th Air Refueling Wing, Joint Base Andrews, MD, and
  • No greater honor than this

    Editors note: Chaplain Moore, the author, is a reservit with the 459th Air Refueling Wing at Joint Base Andrews, Md. who is currently deployed to Southwest Asia with the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing. On an occasion that has become all too frequent, we gathered in the heat of the night. Anxious warriors in our own right, brothers and sisters in
  • Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century (AFSO 21)-What Does It Mean to You?

    The intent of that article is to explain the program in more practical terms to you than you may have heard or seen to date. I intend to tell you here why it is important to you in the 459th ARW and ask for your support and cooperation in applying it to our mission. I am not an AFSO 21 expert, and I doubt that I ever will be, but we do have those
  • Back to Basics

    The 459th Air Refueling Wing has gone through a great deal over the past two years. During that time, we have completed a conventional Operational Readiness Inspection, two Operations and maintenance Air Expeditionary Force deployments, numerous expeditionary combat support and aeromedical evacuation AEF deployments, a Health Services Inspection
  • Command post chief thanks wing for relief

    (Editor's note: On Dec. 7, Lt. Col. Stan Jaicks, 459th Command Post chief and former member of the 756th Airlift Squadron lost his home to a house fire. Fortunately, his family exited the house safely. The news article is posted at www.hometownannapolis.com/cgi-bin/read/2008/12_08-03/TOP). We would like to thank everyone for thier generosity and
  • Retiring MSG commander leaves thanks, farewells

    As I retire from the military after 24 years of service, I would like to thank some special groups of people. For all the company grade officers and Airmen with whom I've had the pleasure to work, you exhibit the energy, enthusiasm and idealism we need for our future force. Thanks to all of you. I encourage you to continue in the Air Force; we need