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  • Operational readiness field exercises don’t match real world

    "I just came back from the theater, and we didn't do things like this. So, why are we exercising this way?" This is a common complaint following a unit contingency operations exercise. Gen. George S. Patton Jr. summed it up best when he said, "A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood." However, to fully understand the answer requires one to
  • Leadership: Influence those around you

    Leadership is a subject addressed in a myriad of venues by professionals at all levels. However, the discussions can be boiled down to a simple and concise phrase: the ability to influence. How can we tell if we are effective? Although the possible answers to this question are endless, I'll offer a few simple suggestions here. Eliminate the "that's
  • Week-long activities aim to extinguish home fires

    Fire Prevention Week is nearly here, and this year's theme is, "Preventing Home Fires." The annual observance begins Sunday and runs through Oct. 11. This year's base activities include fire department tours, displays at the Maxwell Exchange and, of course, Sparky, the fire department mascot. Bill Oldham, Maxwell Fire Department fire prevention
  • Gas station running on empty

    For the second time in a week, the Maxwell gas station ran out of gas Saturday. The station, run by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, is one of many stations in the Southeast suffering from supply problems caused by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. In the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, the station first ran out of gas Sept. 16 for nearly 24 hours.
  • 42nd MDG 'makes the grade' on decontamination training, exam

    High spirits set the tone as members of the 42nd Medical Group took their In Place Patient Decontamination, or IPPDC, examination Sept. 18. The examination, administered near the Maxwell clinic's emergency entrance, was the culmination of three days of training by a TCI Corporation employee who came to Maxwell to teach the course and give the
  • 908th Airlift Wing evaluates new C-130 avionics upgrade

    The 908th Airlift Wing conducted an isochronal inspection here recently of the first C-130 Hercules aircraft involved in the Avionics Modernization Program, or AMP. The aircraft will be assigned to Pope Air Force Base, N.C. Under AMP, the aircraft, AMP 1, received a fully integrated, night-vision-goggle compatible, digital glass cockpit and a new
  • CAP provides rescue resources during emergencies

    When disasters strike, there is a select group of volunteer pilots, search and rescue teams, and trained observers who help those in need. Missing persons, flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes and downed aircraft are some of the situations to which the Civil Air Patrol responds at a moment's notice. Established in 1941, CAP is the official auxiliary of
  • Officer starts commission with Bronze Star, Combat Action Medal

    An Air Force officer trainee who previously served as an enlisted Airman was awarded a Bronze Star and a Combat Action Medal Tuesday, one day before earning his commission from the Air Force's Officer Training School. Second Lt. Anthony Florentine was an Air Force staff sergeant deployed for about six months to a Signals Intelligence Terminal
  • Summer ends safely for Maxwell, Gunter

    Maxwell-Gunter members experienced a fatality-free 101 Critical Days of Summer, and this year's Air Force-wide death toll was reduced in comparison to the two previous years. Regrettably, 16 Air Force members lost their lives during the summer safety campaign, but the number is an improvement over the 19 who died in 2007 and 17 who perished in
  • Former Air War College student, instructor joins women commanding in combat

    Decades ago, women were limited in the capacity they could serve in the armed forces. Once admitted into the regular armed forces, women were barred from combat roles. Today is different. While women still cannot serve in combat roles such as Pararescue and combat controllers in the Air Force, they are becoming more and more present in combat
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