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  • Rocking 2015 as a team

    Team BLAZE, You rocked 2015 — and you did it together, working as a team.  We often throw around the word team, reflecting back on our memories of sporting events. However, our team extends beyond our athletic seasons, squadrons, or even our wing.  Our Joint team brings with it the might of the United States Armed Forces and is comprised of
  • It really is a ‘Wonderful Life’

      The movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” is one of my all-time favorites. It is a classic and has everything a great film needs.   There is romance, adventure, “amazing” pre-Star Wars special effects, and even angels. More importantly, it provides a critical reminder that every life is precious and every life touches the lives of many, many others.  
  • Is your life worth it?

    On April 5, 2001, my life changed. I was a young student pilot returning home from a long day of academic and flight training. When I walked in the front door and saw the look on my wife’s face, I knew something was wrong. With tears in her eyes, she told me my Uncle Jimmy had been killed in a car accident.I had grown close to Uncle Jimmy over my
  • While you sleep, SFS defends

    When your alarm clock goes off and you start your morning with a fresh cup of “Joe,” the mighty 14th Security Forces Squadron defenders stand the watch. In rain, sleet or snow, they guard Columbus Air Force Base continuously. While more than 71,000 hours are dedicated to training in the skies, each second is owned by the 14th SFS to protect
  • Fraud, waste, abuse-preventing culture

    While I was a young Instructor Pilot with the U.S. Navy, I worked for a wise old Navy Captain that commanded a flying training wing which included service members from the U.S. Army, Navy Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. One of the primary charges of his multi-service command was for all of us to be good stewards of the tax-payers’ money. Of