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Brigadier General Darryl Burke 82nd Training Wing Commander Burke's priorities: take care of the mission, take care of the people
I've had many memorable experiences over the course of 27 years in the Air Force. A few moments stand out--memories that will stay with me long into the future.Wednesday's change of command ceremony was that kind of experience. It was humbling and awe-inspiring to look out at the men and women of this great wing and to have the honor to accept
0 6/23
2010
Default Air Force Logo Dad dedicates first Father's Day to his daughter
June 20 will be my first Father's Day.Thus far, all the attention has been focused on my baby girl. It's strange and humbling to think that the focus will be turned to me, the proud new papa, even for a day.Plans for this Father's Day have been kept up in the air. My only concern is to spend it with Grace. After all, I'm not a father without her. I
0 6/16
2010
Default Air Force Logo A change to recycling attitude
There's a phrase that states, "if we keep doing the same old thing, in the same old way, we'll continue to get the same old result."Every year a team of trained assessors conduct an environmental, safety and occupational health evaluation. It is almost guaranteed that one of the discrepancies that will be found during the assessment will be
0 6/15
2010
Brig. Gen. O.G. Mannon bids Team Sheppard farewell after serving as 82nd Training Wing commander since June 2008.  (U.S. Air Force photo) 82nd TRW commander bids farewell
It's hard to believe that it's already time to move on. Though Barbara and I are looking forward to a new assignment and new opportunities, a part of Team Sheppard and North Texas will stay with us wherever we go. As our time with Team Sheppard winds down, it's important to look back at what we've accomplished together.Back in July 2008, we set
0 6/09
2010
Default Air Force Logo SARC's remarks
This month the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Office began conducting Bystander Intervention Training, a new training program to replace the former annual Sexual Assault Response Coordinator training. The idea of becoming an "active bystander" is not something new, but rather a return to the old days. In other words, don't stand by and watch a
0 6/03
2010
Default Air Force Logo Critical Days of Summer Safety Message
With summer at the doorstep, I want to reinforce one of my top priorities, safety. As I've said many times, people are truly our most precious resource. To make this a fatality-free summer, each of us must be fully committed to two key principles. First, we must be real wingmen by watching out for each other and having the courage to intervene when
0 5/27
2010
Default Air Force Logo SARC's Remarks
Sheppard had another winning Sexual Assault Awareness Month on the books! Hopefully, you took notice of our 4-foot high, wooden-teal ribbons at the gate entrances and participated in the Target Hardening/Target Intervention classes. Some of you may have even attended our first professional symposium or picked up material at one of our information
0 5/12
2010
General Stephen R. Lorenz is the Air Education and Training Command commander. Lorenz on Leadership -- Sustaining a wingman culture
On April 20, a 22-year-old man with a history of violence walked into a bookstore in Wichita Falls, Texas, and started shooting. He wounded four women, then drove to a bar and killed an employee outside before he drove home and took his own life. This tragedy sounds like so many we hear about on the news each and every night. We've almost become
0 5/12
2010
Default Air Force Logo Celebrate Military Spouse Appreciation Day
"If the military had wanted you to have a spouse, they would have issued you one." Remember those words? Well, that was then and this is now. Today's military recognizes the importance of the military spouse and their contributions to the mission by declaring Military Spouse Appreciation Day May 7. This year, Sheppard's Airman and Family Readiness
0 5/04
2010
388th Tactical Fighter Wing F-105Ds return from a mission. (U.S. Air Force photo) What legends are made of
Legends sometimes wear capes and fly around the skyscrapers of downtown. They sometimes pull a sword from a stone and command a table of knights. And sometimes legends sit quietly on a tour bus and share stories of fighting for your freedom before you were even born.That is how I met retired Col. Roy Dickey. Colonel Dickey was one of the 469th
0 4/14
2010
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