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  • As career nears end, senior NCO praises Yellow Ribbon

    Speed and intensity, that’s how he was taught to approach every task he faced.Although the lesson has served Master Sgt. Casey Balandran well during his military career, now he finds that focus turning more to his family as he contemplates retiring later this year.“Sooner or later I knew I would need to dedicate more time to them,” he said. “It was
  • Former naval officer addresses Yellow Ribbon trainees

    A former Navy officer who's also a military spouse led Air Force Reservists and their loved ones in weekend discussions about communication challenges posed by deployments."Having bad communication does not make you a bad person, it happens to everyone," said Chip Lutz, who retired as a lieutenant commander after 22 years in the service.
  • Former naval officer addresses Yellow Ribbon trainees

    A former Navy officer who's also a military spouse led Air Force Reservists and their loved ones in weekend discussions about communication challenges posed by deployments."Having bad communication does not make you a bad person, it happens to everyone," said Chip Lutz, who retired as a lieutenant commander after 22 years in the service.
  • Reserve doctor reflects on three-decade rescue career

    For many reservists, commuting to their assigned base is a monthly endeavor.While several reservists spend a couple hours or more on the road to attendtheir drill weekends, few travel through all four continental U.S. time zonesfor only two days of work. Dr. (Col.) Lewis Neace was one of thosefew.Neace, former commander of the 920th Aeromedical
  • Children share experiences at family deployment training

    Tyler Ceccato, the 10-year-old son of two Air Force Reservists, relies on his enjoyment of video games to help pass the time when either of his parents deploys. He and other children of GIs shared tips about coping with the absence of a mother or father during a military training session in late November."Do something that's really fun for you to
  • 445th AW Reservist celebrates 6 years of cancer remission

    September 4, 2008 began as a typical day for Master Sgt. Sandi Golden-Vest. She was serving as the 445th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron clinical management flight superintendent at the time, and as a self-described "hard-charger," she was running around doing a million tasks for the upcoming Health Services Inspection when she experienced heart
  • 934th captain serves community as Winter Carnival royalty

    In 1885 a New York reporter wrote that Saint Paul, Minn. Was, "another Siberia, unfit for human habitation in winter."  Offended by this, the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce decided to prove that St. Paul was not only habitable, but that it was a fun place to be.  Capt. Christine Schrader, 934th Operations Support Squadron,  grew up in Woodbury,
  • A-10 pilot guides lives with goals, balance at Yellow Ribbon

    The irresistible sway of musician Stevie Wonder's song "Superstition" helped Lt. Col. Todd Riddle urge his audience  to "dance like nobody's watching," during his keynote address at an Air Force Reserve Yellow Ribbon Program training weekend here Sept. 26-28.More than 600 reservists and their loved ones rose to the music. In addition to speaking to
  • McChord Reservist trades computer for parachute

    Computer issues can drive a person to the point of jumping out of a perfectly good aircraft. Well, that's the story of one Reservist with the 446th Airlift Wing.Senior Airman Jeffery Gebhardt, a 446th Force Support Squadron client systems technician, is currently assigned to the Joint Communications Support Element at MacDill Air Force Base,
  • Pope Field crew chief jumps careers

    Most crew chiefs will tell you that they know their aircraft inside and out, but one assigned to Pope Field, N.C., knows the outside of a C-130 Hercules better than most. As a former Army paratrooper, Tech. Sgt. Michael Santoy, a crew chief with the 440th Maintenance Squadron, jumped out of C-130s while assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group,
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