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  • Climbing Mt. Rainier

    When I first arrived at JBLM, the day was clear and I looked out my window and saw Mt Rainier. Its prominence is undeniable and it just beckons to be summited.  I knew little to nothing about what kind of preparation, effort and finances it would take to accomplish such a task but I was immediately

  • The Certainty of Uncertainty--Preparing Yourself for a World of Unknowns

    Truth be told, I'm a bit of a news junkie.  Before I go to sleep every night and as soon as I wake up every morning, I'm on my smartphone, checking all the feeds for the latest news and happenings around the world.  News travels at the speed of light, and in this globally connected world, I figure

  • 62nd AW achieves notable milestone

    The 62nd Airlift Wing achieved a notable milestone with the closeout of fiscal year 2014, the 62nd Maintenance Group ended the year with an overall mission capable rate of 87.1%, which marks the highest yearly rate ever achieved for C-17 operations at McChord Field. The mission capability rate is an

  • Safety, Compliance, Innovation, and the USAF Commander's Inspection Program

    Commanders and supervisors are charged to create an environment where training and operations are conducted in a safe manner, standards and procedures are strictly adhered to, and where at the same time service members feel empowered to suggest improvements and innovations to enhance efficiency. The

  • The Faces of the 62nd Airlift Wing

    Wow! Time sure does fly by! Fastest year of my life by far! It seems like just yesterday that I was afforded the incredible opportunity and privilege to join the Airmen of the 62nd Airlift Wing and Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Recently, our 62nd AW Public Affairs officer asked me several questions

  • DADT repeal strengthened AF integrity

    Integrity (in-ˈte-grə-tē) 1: The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles2: The state of being whole and undivided  Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do. I have been living these concepts my entire life. However, living them became problematic during my

  • Mission, priorities and vision are all about you

    Understanding the mission is essential for each one of us to define requirements for success and make decisions to allocate our effort, resources and time. For Airmen in the 62nd Operations Group, we often think that launching aircraft and conducting global airlift is our mission. In fact, this task

  • Always an Airman

    As my final commentary on active duty, I would like to start by thanking the men and women of the 62nd Airlift Wing for your outstanding performance and service. It has been my honor and privilege to be your Vice Wing Commander over the past two years. I am humbled and eternally grateful for the

  • Independence Day – Bold and Innovative Leadership

    As we take a moment to spend time with family and friends over the long holiday weekend, let us not forget what Independence Day truly represents-the birth of our great nation, as bold leaders stood up and declared our independence. Our nation fought for and declared its independence 238 years ago,

  • Your Inevitable Transition

    It's been said that life's only two certainties are death and taxes. However, for those of us in uniform, I'd also add to the list our inevitable transition from military to civilian life. It doesn't matter where you are in your military career, at some point, each and every one of us will make that