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National Aviation Day and the 437th Airlift Wing
August 17, 2018
— President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a proclamation declaring August 19, 1939 National Aviation Day in honor of the 68th anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday. Orville was the younger brother of Wilbur Wright, who, together, became American aviation pioneers. On December 17, 1903, the Wrights made aviation history, when they successfully completed the first controlled flight of a powered flying machine. To put that achievement into perspective, the 437th Troop Carrier Group (TCG) was activated a mere 40-years later on May 1, 1943 and a year later they were flying combat sorties over France during Operation NEPTUNE, known by most as D-Day. In 1947, the United States Air Force was established as a separate and equal service alongside the Army and Navy. Two years later, on June 27, 1949, the 437th Troop Carrier Wing (TCW) was activated as a reserve wing at Chicago-O’Hare International Airport, Illinois. ...
Commander's Action Line
August 14, 2018
— The Commander's Action Line is your direct link to base leadership. It is your opportunity to make Joint Base Charleston a better place to live, work and play. The Action Line program allows members of Team Charleston to voice any concerns they may have and receive a response. Members are encouraged to try and resolve their issue at the lowest level using their chain of command. If issues can’t be resolved at that level, please feel free to submit an Action Line. The public affairs office accepts Action Line submission via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org or mail at 628 ABW/PA, 102 E Hill Blvd., Joint Base Charleston, SC 29404. Please leave your name and the information needed to contact you. This information will not be shared online or in the Patriot. Please allow one week for a response from the 628th Air Base Wing commander...
August is National Children’s Vision and Learning Month
August 9, 2018
— As you prepare your children for a great new school year, don’t forget their vision. Experts say 80 percent of what we learn is through our eyes. So it is key to make sure your children can see if you want to see them succeed. August is not only when students go back to school, but it’s also National Children’s Vision and Learning Month, so there is no better time to consider your child’s potential vision needs...
CMC bids Joint Base Charleston farewell
August 1, 2018
— Shipmates, as with most great things in life, my time here at Joint Base Charleston has drawn to an end. I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to serve as your Joint Base Command Master Chief and I truly hope that I am leaving the base a little bit better than when I came aboard two years ago. ...
The domino effect of communication
August 1, 2018
— No matter where you are in the organization, if communication is not effective, it can create bottlenecks in executing the mission as well create frustrations and stress among your team. ... The bulk of many conflicts in our organizations stem from miscommunications. As leaders we should constantly attempt to sharpen our communication skills and be flexible in how we communicate with our leaders, co-workers and employees. Everyone doesn’t communicate the same...
Opportunity, meaning, extraordinary people
July 27, 2018
— My family and I are thrilled to be back in the Lowcountry as part of the 437th Airlift Wing. As a way of introducing myself to those reading this, I think it is helpful to reflect on what first attracted me to the Air Force and explain why I have stayed on active duty for more than 20 years. I hope my reasoning will resonate with a majority. ...
'You work where? What exactly is NOSC?'
July 19, 2018
— I’m often asked, “Where do you work on the base?” When I say Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Charleston, I get a bewildered look and I almost immediately have to follow up by saying, "the Navy Reserve Center.”...
Know your role, own it, and be the best you can be every day
July 2, 2018
— Many people stagnate because the job they have is not fun or is not their dream job. This mindset ignores that in almost every industry, entry-level positions exist for a reason and no one starts out as the CEO. It is vital for an organization to have strong, dedicated workers at every level, focused on their current position as well as preparing for the next. People that lack this insight may go through the motions, never fully committing themselves to fulfilling their role. They produce suboptimal results, receive little recognition, and rarely feel a sense of purpose. They don’t realize that the dissatisfaction they feel is a direct result of the fact that they do very little to contribute to the organization...
628 CS sheds ‘customer service’
June 15, 2018
— Customer service is dead at the 628th Communications Squadron as the CS of today is not the same as its ancestors. Specifically, today’s CS has different manpower, missions, and capabilities…and is close to having new name soon too. ... Your mission is our focus—this has not changed. What has changed is that today’s CS experts have become your biggest cyberspace advocates while continuing some traditional communications support roles. We have done more with less...
Get ready, stay ready — more than a mantra
June 14, 2018
— We’ve all heard it a million times over. “Get ready, stay ready.” The beauty of it all is that our military exists in a global climate where it’s incumbent upon us to always be in a constant state of the latter. The Airmen to the right and left of us need it, but more importantly, our nation depends on it. Here at the 315th Airlift Wing, we’re tasked with providing and delivering combat-ready C-17 airlift, expeditionary combat support, and aeromedical evacuation anytime, anywhere. It’s what makes us the Air Force Reserve Command’s wing of choice. But we can’t be in the position to bring global air power and global dominance by just going through the motions...