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  • Deployment 101

    TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- Earlier this month, I had the privilege of witnessing deployers from the 507th reunite with their loved ones at the end of their deployment. My wife was a key spouse, and she provided information and communication to families to ensure a smooth transition for everyone. Later, we discussed questions she received from
  • The building blocks of teamwork

    TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. --  In civil engineering we are a small knit community and like any family, it takes work to make us functional. I believe the focus of our work is in honesty, trust and support. These building blocks are what bring us together and help us thrive.  When I refer to honesty, I don't just mean being honest or telling the
  • 'Service before self' doesn't change with rank

    The freezing temperatures continued to drop on a cold January afternoon at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, as I stood with my fellow cadets at Officer Training School (OTS). As a former enlisted member selected through the Deserving Airman Commissioning Program to become an officer, I was honored to be there; however, in that moment, I was angry and having cynical thoughts towards the cadet chosen to lead our student squadron through the snow to dinner.
  • Preventative maintenance is not just for aircraft

    Preventative maintenance is defined as maintenance that is regularly performed on a piece of equipment to lessen the likelihood of it failing. Preventative maintenance is performed while the equipment is still working to ensure that is doesn’t break down unexpectedly.
  • Going out on a limb

    It has been said that in order to succeed we must go out on a limb, because that's where the fruit is. As a little girl, I didn't take chances. I was terrified of climbing trees. My feet were firmly planted on the ground, while my neighborhood friends pretended to be cats, bounding from branch to branch. I secretly wished my Dad would weld the
  • Change as a constant

    It seems with each passing day some new change jumps out in front of our Air Force lives. The current budget, global threats, a changing force and Total Force Integration are just a few that come to mind. You can walk down just about any hallway and hear the conversations about how this or that is going to change and how that is going to affect us.
  • Family: what sets us apart

    When I talk with family, friends and our active-duty counterparts about the Reserve, the topic almost always comes around to how we are different than the active duty. In many ways, we are no different, especially here at an associate unit like the 513th. We fly and maintain the same E-3s (albeit at a much higher rate of experience and excellence)
  • March Madness

    This past month, basketball fans have been afflicted with "March Madness," college basketball's unpredictable playoff season. The 513th Air Control Group has experienced its own form of March Madness with the announcement of the proposed FY 15/FY 16 defense budget. I know we as a team were shocked and frustrated with the proposal to deactivate the
  • Enlisted force development is the future

    Today's digital age has brought a huge advantage in career advancement opportunities that were not available in years past. I want all of you to know the leadership of the 507th is committed to providing you the tools necessary to succeed.My focus in writing this is to ensure all of you are fully aware of the process for acquiring Enlisted
  • Keep your "tricycle" balanced

    Several years ago I used to look to the sky, see a small aircraft flying by and tell my wife, one day I'd like to have that kind of freedom. That year I received flying lessons as a birthday present from my wife and mother. While learning how to fly, I realized that although you do have certain freedoms, none of these come free; not that it costs