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Maj. Gen. Darren McDew, Air Force District of Washington commander, listens to Airman 1st Class Robert Matthews, AFDW ceremonial guardsman, describe the precision put into every American flag folded by honor guard members, Dec. 21, on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. General McDew visited fellow 11th Operations Group and AFDW Airmen for his first time as commander and later coined Airman Matthews for his flawless description of his team members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steele C. G. Britton) Direct hotline to AFDW/CC has simple rules of engagement
The AFDW Commander's Hotline is fully operational and ready for use. The rules of engagement are simple. I only ask that you don't make me the first stop for your concern or question. If there is an organization in place that gets paid to solve the problems, please allow them the first crack at it. This will be the first question I ask to ensure
0 9/28
2011
Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling is scheduled to host a 9/11 remembrance ceremony on the USAF ceremonial lawn at 8 a.m. Sept. 11. 9/11: AFDW servicemembers remember ten years later
Marsha Johnson, Air Force District of Washington Deputy Director of Staff I was at the McConnell AFB fitness center finishing up morning PT when I watched the second tower attack and then watched the rest of the day unfold on the TV in the lobby. I knew two people who were lost in the tragedy - both at the Pentagon. U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Maude working
0 9/09
2011
Default Air Force Logo My journey back to normal
Between August 2009 and March 2010, I lost myself during my deployment to Afghanistan. The night I came home, my world came apart, and I've been picking the pieces up ever since. My family and co-workers greeted me coming out of the secure area of the airport and as I went to hug my son, I looked into his eyes and could tell he no longer had any
0 9/01
2011
Devin Kunich poses for a photo at the Bristol, Wis., Renaissance Faire in this photo taken by his father, retired Master Sgt. Gary Kunich. Devin was killed shortly after midnight on Aug. 8, 2011, by a distracted driver while bicycling home from the faire. (courtesy photo/Gary Kunich) Please, hang up and drive
If you've been in the Air Force for a while, you might know the name Gary Kunich. He worked for European Stars and Stripes around the time I first entered the Air Force in 1999. He retired in 2006 as a master sergeant, but he has never put down the pen: today he writes for local publications in his adopted hometown of Kenosha, Wis.Today, he has a
0 8/24
2011
Default Air Force Logo Chief's Corner -- Every job is a self portrait
Many of us may have heard the phrase, "Every job is a self-portrait. Autograph your work with excellence." However, have we stopped to consider that the way we accomplish our work on a daily basis, autographs the self portrait of our organizations? Our immediate duty sections, elements, flights, squadrons, groups and wings are representations of
0 8/15
2011
Colonel Craig A. Wilcox, 89th Airlift Support Group commander Essential leadership traits
Over the span of a career, one has the opportunity to hear many leaders speak and provide their philosophy on leadership traits. In some cases, the words or examples they use will resonate with you personally. Which speakers or which leadership ideas resonate with you will be individually dependent, and influenced by your upbringing and own
0 8/09
2011
Colonel Jacqueline D. Van Ovost, 89th Airlift Wing commander We're Ready ... Bring on the CI!
Fellow members of the 89th Airlift Wing, our preparations are complete, and we are poised to show the Air Mobility Command Inspector General team arriving Wednesday why "expertise matters" and how our people and programs reflect our motto: "Perfection is the Standard!"I could not be more proud of our SAM FOX team's accomplishments, mission
0 8/04
2011
Lt. Col. Kenneth A. Marentette, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard commander and his family depart following the change of command ceremony on the ceremonial lawn, July 12, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, D.C. Marentette assumed command  from  Lt. Col. Raymond Powell  The ceremony was hosted by Col. Gina M. Humble, 11th Operations Group commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steele C. G. Britton) 'We are Ceremonial Guardsmen!' - Lt. Col. Powell reflects to his unit on the six contributing factors leading to their success
When I took command of U.S. Air Force Honor Guard in June, 2009, Lt. Col. Anthony Taylor, former USAF Honor Guard commander, leaned over to me and said, "Get ready for the ride of your life!" Was he ever right! It's been a tremendous honor and joy for me to be your commander these past two years. I will take away memories for a lifetime. Today,
0 7/14
2011
Default Air Force Logo From the Top - Total Force
The Air Force has experienced a great deal over the past ten years. The numerous contingency and crisis actions around the world requiring Air Force assets and assistance continue to stress the need for airpower, and the Total Force continues to answer the call. With the active component asked to do more and more, the Air Force Reserve component
0 7/08
2011
Default Air Force Logo No pencil eraser for social media mistakes
In February 2010, Pentagon officials authorized using social networks on unclassified military computers. They believe the benefits of social media outweigh security concerns. However, operational security has always been a military constant and that has not diminished with the advent of social media. If anything, OPSEC has become more important
0 7/05
2011
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