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  • Our greatest weapon system: Our people

    By the nature of leading any organization, there will be challenges and how we adapt to a changing environment remains a top priority. Leaders must channel incredible human capital energies to respond to the nature of our combat missions, home station organizational realignments, budget cuts, Congressional mandates and forecasting future conflict
  • Big Sky Top 3 offer mentorship

    When I first learned that the Big Sky Top 3 was given an opportunity to submit an article, I thought of the awesome opportunity to increase organizational awareness. Most people have heard of the Top 3 in some way, shape or form, but perhaps not who we are as an organization and what we offer the base and community. The purpose of the Top 3
  • A personal reflection

    It seems that throughout my life I have never been one to learn things the easy way, somehow taking the trial-by-fire route instead. So why would anything be different when I was given the task of leading the 341st Missile Wing Public Affairs team? My initial thought of an uneventful three-year assignment to the middle of Montana, working on my
  • One Air Force -- One Team

    Roll Call! We have nearly 690,000 Airmen in our Air Force, from 4 distinct components: Active Duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and Civilian Airmen - without question the Strength of our Team. The components have different backgrounds and cultures, with varying capability and capacity, but only when we join forces do we become the United
  • Why I love being a missileer

    While I was in college I got married and had my first child. My primary focus was supporting my young family. I did a lot of different jobs including fast food, construction and working at Walmart (some at the same time during the summer). I contemplated my future employment prospects and earning potential a lot during those days. My original goal
  • Hanging up the hat

    My morning routine starts with an alarm - as do most peoples. But the next step of my routine is only done by nearly 330,000 of the nation's more than 300 million people - only 10 percent of the nation. Every morning I wake up and put on my Air Force uniform.I have been an Airman 24/7 for the past four years, and in a short couple of weeks, I will
  • Finance in-processing and BAH recertification

    As Airmen and their families begin to change duty stations, it is important to in-process at the Finance Office within five days of arriving at your new base. Why is this important?· You get your money faster· Your Basic Allowance for Housing rate gets updated before a potential debt is created· Your Government Travel Card is paid off before it is
  • Safe summer planning

    As the weather warms up, people are starting to think about getting outside and having fun. In all the vacation planning and road-trip mapping, here are some plans to consider: How does a free, six-month trip to Cascade County Jail sound? How about paying for a taxi to tour Glacier National Park? What about booking an extended stay in intensive
  • SHAZAM

    Over the last three weeks there has been a plethora of emotions that have been running through a good majority of the men and women in Wing One in light of recent events - shock, disbelief, anger, sadness and, most of all, fear of the unknown. All of these emotions felt all at once by a single event and you have to ask yourself why? Because one of
  • Lessons my mustache taught me

    In February, Mustache March was a grand idea. In my mind's eye, I saw myself proudly strutting through the squadron bristling with masculine whiskers, fending off fawning admirers while humbly accepting effusive compliments on my bodacious mustache. Yet, as with many things in life, reality was far different. Let's just say that my grooming time
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