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  • Legal Readiness

    As most are surely aware, the 908th Airlift Wing recently executed a major deployment. In fact, it was the largest deployment in the history of the 908th, and took place in the face of unprecedented challenges associated with the COVID pandemic. In preparation for that deployment, hundreds of our


    About six months ago, I had the honor of representing our nation at the annual NATO days in the Czech Republic. The primary focus of my visit was to continue to strengthen military-to‑military relationships across the alliance. Foremost in the minds of our allies was increasing Russian aggression. I

  • Yellow Ribbon is here to help

    I’m Master Sgt. Gabrielle Bates and I am the Yellow Ribbon Coordinator for the 908th Airlift Wing. I have been in this position since March 2021. I would like to take a few moments and talk to you about the Yellow Ribbon Program.


    Heroes of the Air Force Reserve,As we look over the horizon of 2022, we see a new year with new and more lethal threats.

  • Making a Job Well Done in 2021, Ring True in 2022

    In Jan of 2021, Col. Drescher wrote “As challenging as 2020 was, 2021 will be even more challenging.” It turned out to be true. Our four aircraft came home from deployment last fall, but our last Airman just came home the third week of February. There is never a time that we don’t have someone from


    "Leadership involves solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership."- Secretary Colin Powell


    "You didn’t just fly coal to Berlin and keep a city from freezing and the lights from going out. You inspired at least one German boy to be like you when he grew up."- Retired Col. Wolfgang Samuel, USAF, a 13-year-old Berliner during the Airlift

  • Professionalism: A tradition that never changes

    With the recent passing of our Air Force’s 74th birthday, I’ve been putting a good deal of thought into how much has changed. In the 25 years I’ve served, I’ve worn three uniforms, seen a number of bases close, and several airframes retired.It struck me that there is one thing that hasn’t and never