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  • Go hard, fall, get up, and hit it again

    Go hard, fall, get up, and hit it again. How we fall matters-- how we get back up matters a heck of a lot more. I coach ice hockey. In practice, I tell players to skate beyond their comfort zone. Falling is not just ok but occasionally expected. The important thing is to get right back up and go hard to the puck. In my squadron, I apply that same
  • 552d Maintenance Group welcomes new commander

    Colonel Lawrence W. Hinkin assumed command July 1 of the 552nd Maintenance Group, 552nd Air Control Wing in an official ceremony officiated by Brig. General Lori Robinson, commander, 552 Air Control Wing. As commander, Col. Hinkin will be responsible for managing and supervising the maintenance complex, consisting of two aircraft maintenance
  • 963rd AACS welcomes new commander

    Lt. Col. John T. Russell, 963rd Airborne Air Control Squadron commander, relinquished his command of the Blue Knights to Lt. Col. Robert M. Haines, 966th Airborne Air Control Squadron director of operations, in a ceremony March 7. The change of command was presided over by Col. Christof P. Cordes, 552nd Operations Group commander, who applauded
  • Keep your eyes off the mirror

    "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?" - Martin Luther King, Jr. Certainly many of you reading this have a desire to serve. After all, you volunteered to serve our nation. But what does it mean to "successfully serve?" I'm certainly not qualified to add anything to Dr. King's eloquent words, nor do I
  • 552nd Maintenance Group celebrates after inspection

    The 552nd Maintenance Group celebrated with a burger burn after successfully completing a week-long inspection by the Air Combat Command Logistics Standardization and Evaluation Team Feb 25-29. Col. Keith Frede, 552nd Maintenance Group commander, addressed the Airmen and applauded their 89.5% finish and almost complete lack of safety issues. He
  • Exceptional Del City students visit the 552nd Air Control Wing through DelQuest

    Airmen from the 552nd Air Control Wing spent an afternoon mentoring 25 gifted high school students from the Del City district November 8 as they toured the E-3 aircraft and mission simulators. The event was sponsored by the DelQuest Future Leaders of America Program, which selects deserving high school juniors from the Del City district to
  • Airman saves four lives, a true hero

    An Airman from the 552 Air Control Wing is lauded a hero after a short swim with some friends turned into a lifesaving venture over Columbus Day weekend. Senior Airman Chris Harlan, 965th Airborne Air Control Squadron, was on his way back from Kansas with two friends when they decided to stop at Turner Falls, a state park an hour south of Oklahoma
  • Wingman: Leader, follower, friend

    Since 2004, the Air Force has encouraged Airmen to embrace the Wingman concept. However, some non-flyers have asked how this concept applies to them. Our heritage stems from Airmen taking care of each other in the air and on the ground. In practical terms any Airmen can relate to, being a "Wingman" in today's Air Force calls for you to be a leader,
  • Expeditionary is Our Middle Name

    Expedition: "Sent on military service abroad..." -Webster's Collegiate Dictionary I know you are saying, "...Great, more talk about the Airman's Manual" Ten years ago, "words" like Manas and Bagram were not part of our daily conversations. But, being expeditionary is an important part of our heritage. Ever since 1916 when Major General Benjamin D.