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Default Air Force Logo When it rains, it pours: safety tips for driving in the rain
There are several tips to keep in mind when there's a downpour and it's windy out, and you're required to brave the storm and drive somewhere. First, take precautionary measures. Allow for more travel time; keep in mind the traffic and the fact that you should be driving slower, or that your preplanned route may have to change. Also, stay on top of
0 7/20
2007
Default Air Force Logo Child seat safety important to kids of all ages
Car crashes remain the number one killer of children ages 3 to 14 in the United States. Safe Kids Buckle Up, the largest program of Safe Kids Worldwide, teaches parents and caregivers to use the right safety gear for their kids in their vehicles on every ride. They give four steps to follow for child seat safety, depending on a child's age and
0 7/18
2007
Default Air Force Logo 94 Days and Counting!
Team Sheppard, I need you to know we've got a really good trend going on this installation. This Tuesday, 24 July, we have the potential to go 100 days without a DUI involving a Sheppard AFB person, on- or off-base. That means over the last 100 days, none of our Sheppard permanent party--military or civilian or assigned trainee population--have
0 7/18
2007
Default Air Force Logo Missile training at Sheppard crucial to Cold War
A general consensus existed among a majority of senior Air Force staff that jet airplanes were the weapons of the future during the 1950's. Given the complex technological problems, such as guidance accuracy, thrust and re-entry to be overcome for long-range ballistic missiles, some scientists doubted their viability, comparing them to meteors that
0 7/17
2007
Default Air Force Logo It's Payback Time!
As you know, North Texas has been stricken with some unusually severe weather this Summer, particularly high winds and heavy rains. Here at Sheppard, we suffered about $1.6M worth of storm damage to the base--primarily to electrical systems, roofs, and air conditioning systems. GMH is still working hard to trim trees and repair damage to homes
0 7/11
2007
Default Air Force Logo Children's summer safety
Childhood memories are flavored with fun summertime activities including trips to the swimming pool or local area lakes, walks to the ice cream shop, and rides around the neighborhood on bikes, rollerblades or skateboards. But while you and your kids enjoy the seemingly carefree elements of summer, emergency room doctors know it as "trauma
0 7/11
2007
Default Air Force Logo Early Days of Aircraft Maintenance Training at Sheppard
Base officials had been ordered to begin training on Oct. 13, 1941. School officials improvised by borrowing tools from the community because many of the training materials and mechanics tools had not yet arrived. Due to construction delays caused by heavy rains, barracks were used as classrooms. In some cases, two or more branches of the Airplane
0 7/10
2007
Default Air Force Logo Sheppard's First Commander was Aviation Pioneer
Col. Edward "Red" Black, Sheppard's first commander, was a tough, but fair man. His demeanor was one that garnered praise from higher-ranking officers, but also one that unknown to him, hindered his ability for promotion. A reputed tough but fair commander who loved good cigars, Colonel Black started his military career in 1917 at Leon Springs,
0 7/10
2007
Default Air Force Logo Sheppard Field one of sites chosen for glider program
It was the Germans, following World War I, who first mastered the art of glider warfare. After their defeat at the hands of the Western Allies in 1919, they concentrated on developing civilian glider programs as a way of maintaining a non-military aviation link. During the 1920's, dozens of clubs sprang up throughout Germany. By the early 1930's,
0 7/10
2007
Default Air Force Logo Incredible!
Two hundred and thirty one years ago, 56 men signed our Declaration of Independence with a solemn pledge in the last line: "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor." These men set the course of history to
0 7/06
2007
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