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  • Commander's Comments - May 2015 UTA

    477th Fighter Group Warriors,Welcome to the May UTA!April was incredibly productive and I thank you for your efforts, let's continue that mindset into the May UTA.Chief Briner and I had the opportunity to attend the AFRC commander and chief's conference in April. I wanted to pass a few items from Lt. Gen. Jackson and Chief Master Sgt. Kirksey.First
  • Ministering through the ordinary, extraordinary

    I was very fortunate as a young man to have wonderful educational opportunities at Georgetown University in international relations and Harvard University in law.  These were made possible by the love and support of my Dad, a retired Air Force Senior Master Sgt, and my late mom, who cared for the six of us children through all the transitions of my
  • Why we exercise - Develop that combat muscle memory

    As we reflect on what has become an annual April exercise, it's important to remember why we hold exercises in the military.The answer is not, "because we can," contrary to some opinions.At the most basic level, we hold exercises so that we develop the "muscle memory" to carry out our duties in war-time. The more ingrained and practiced a
  • Air Force Reserve 67th Birthday

    Fellow Citizen Airmen,As we prepare to celebrate the 67th birthday of our AF Reserve during the month of April, this is a great opportunity to tell our story. Our theme for this year's celebration is "Air Force Reserve: significant in the past, critical to the future".The Air Force Reserve was created as a separate component on April 14, 1948, when
  • A TIME FOR THANKS AND HOPE

    As our calendar year draws to a close, people of many different religious faiths and spiritual outlooks take the opportunity to reflect on the events of the year that is coming to an end, and on their hopes and aspirations for the coming New Year.  For all of us at the 477th Fighter Group and our families and loved ones, this opportunity has
  • EXERCISE, EXERCISE, EXERCISE

    As we begin what is the 477th Fighter Group's first-ever autonomous exercise, it's important to remember why we hold exercises in the military.The answer is not, "because we can," contrary to some opinions.At the most basic level, we hold exercises so that we develop the "muscle memory" to carry out our duties in wartime. The more ingrained and
  • Prepare, Plan, Prioritize; Getting through the stress of UTA weekends

    Monday mornings may be the hardest part of a UTA weekend. You are dragging from working all weekend, probably on your eighth day straight of work, with another four more days to go. Additionally, the errands and chores you take care of on the weekends remain undone.Although the greatest stress of UTA weekends tend to show up on Monday morning, it
  • Cabin fever reliever: Skiing opportunities abound in Anchorage, JBER

    Though the winter skiing season got off to a slow start due to some unseasonably warm temperatures and freezing rain, a spate of good, recent snow showers have finally allowed me to break out my nordic cross country skis for some trail action.On the advice of some office mates, I decided to check out Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson's Eagleglen Golf
  • Carbohydrates: Busting the sugar myth

    People continue to believe that carbohydrates will make them gain weight, when in reality, it is not carbohydrates that increase waistlines, but daily caloric intake.Both sugars and starches fall into the carbohydrate category and it is important to make healthy carbohydrate choices. Foods that contain carbohydrates include breads, cereal, rice,
  • Dealing with holiday stress, what to avoid, encourage

    The holiday season for most Americans begins on Thanksgiving and lasts through New Year's Day.In addition to family feasts, gift giving and other joyful experiences, the holiday season can be a very stressful time for many.Below is a basic description of holiday stress and an example of how to overcome the negative effects.Holiday stress is any
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