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Nov. 25, 2009

Welcome to the “Big League”

As I traveled the flightline two weeks ago I was asked a simple question that illustrates how elite the 2d Bomb Wing is: "Why are we doing a Nuclear Surety Exercise Monday through Wednesday and then a Conventional Operational Readiness Exercise the rest of the week and over the weekend? Aren't we confusing people? Shouldn't we do one thing at a

Nov. 25, 2009

A time for giving thanks

On behalf of the Barksdale First Sergeant Council, we would like to give a big thank you to everyone who generously supported our annual Operation Warmheart drive this year, providing food for military families in need. Your kind-hearted support will put smiles on family's faces this holiday season that may not have had a reason to smile before. We

Oct. 30, 2009

Cross-Generational Airmen share a common bond: our nation’s business

The 2d Bomb Wing is rapidly moving through a three-month period of significant anniversaries: two months ago marked the birth of the Air Force's newest entity, Global Strike Command; last month was the 62nd anniversary of our Air Force; and this month is the eighth anniversary of our Air Force's first strikes in Afghanistan. To put this thought

Oct. 14, 2009

End of year madness

Every September, contracting and financial management personnel usually will go through a transformation of sorts. The transformation is due in part to a combination of long hours, last minute requirements, changing priorities, and the Sept. 30 deadline, or the end of the fiscal year. The transformation begins in July under the unsuspecting guise

July 16, 2009

Could Kid Rock have gotten it right?

There is certainly no shortage of opinions regarding morality, but certain moral truths are so self-evident that even a hard-partying, rock star can recognize and use them to entertain and sell music. Is it possible that someone as seemingly shallow as Kid Rock could get it right about something as deep as the moral essence of life? If so, is it

July 16, 2009

NCOs be the example

I remember my first duty section as an airman basic at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. We had 17 buck sergeants in the shop. These gentlemen were the heart and soul of the unit. I admired them for their wisdom and work ethic. They could answer all my questions and would take me out and show me how to perform the task. They inspired me to want to come to

July 16, 2009

Heroes

The world is full of heroes. Heroes possess certain abilities not uncommon to our own core values of integrity, service before self and excellence in all we do. We all know someone who is a hero. My hero happens to be my dad, Frank J. Ambrose. If you ask my dad if he thinks he is a hero he will tell you that he just did what was right and expected

July 16, 2009

Air Force Pharmacy -- The right choice

I worked as a civilian pharmacist for nine years and recently accepted the call to serve in the Air Force. My experience as a civilian pharmacist was very rewarding, but serving as an Air Force pharmacist has been the best experience of my life. As a civilian retail pharmacist, there are perks. Right out of pharmacy school, you're offered a

June 18, 2009

Command philosophy

Today, the Air Force's business is to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace. As our nation engages in what could be our most significant struggle since the end of World War II, it is essential for us to provide critical command and control information, technologies and capabilities needed to carry out day-to-day operations across the

June 10, 2009

Weather's Influence on the Battlefield

It's early in the morning D-Day, 1944. Gen. Dwight Eisenhower is anxious as he has prepared Allied Forces in secret for the invasion of Europe. But on this day, June 5, the weather deals a potentially disastrous blow. Foreboding skies prevail over England and the beaches of France are being pounded by high seas. Based on previous weather