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  • Thank You, Team Pope

    As Carol and I near the end of our time here at Pope, we leave with mixed feelings. There's always the excitement that comes with moving to a new area, a new job and a new challenge. But we will truly miss everything about this base -- the mission, the people and the community. Pope has one of the busiest and most important missions in the Air
  • Everyday Lessons To Be Learned at Pope

    I remember it like it was yesterday, because, for all intents and purposes, it was. In February 2007 I was in the process of completing my final semester as an ROTC cadet at the University of Central Florida when our detachment commander, Col. William Palmby, called me into his office to inform me of my first duty assignment. I can't say I didn't
  • Updated Air Force and Air Mobility Command priorities

    To the Men and Women of Air Mobility Command: If the last 90 days are any indication, 2008 is turning out to be an amazing year for Air Mobility Command. Most recently, March was a record-setting month for mobility Airmen supporting the Global War on Terror. More than 120,000 passengers were transported into, out of and within the Middle East and
  • Community Supports Team Pope

    About 32 local civic leaders were treated to a day of tours, briefings and a C-130 orientation flight last week. Each of them - honorary commanders and members of the Pope Special Activities Committee -- said they had a wonderful day and that they had learned so much about Team Pope and what it takes to make the mission happen. Some people may
  • Unity of Three Equals Success

    As I was deciding on what topic to address in this commentary, it was important for me to come up with something that was relevant, yet simple. The proverbial light bulb came on as I was responding to a question asked recently by a staff writer of The Carolina Flyer. The paper was highlighting me for winning a major command-level award. The staff
  • Unsung Heroes

    Team Pope was honored on Monday with a visit by Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He wanted to see the Pope-Bragg team and we showed him why we are America's premier quick reaction force. While at Pope, he got the chance to speak to Airmen and Soldiers at the base theater, and was briefed about the tools of the trade we use
  • The Shield Wall: Why Readiness Is More Critical For Support Personnel

    17th Century Japanese sword master Yagyu Munenori stated: "First see with your mind, then with your eyes and finally with your body." He also said warriors should cultivate all facets of themselves, not just the martial, so they are as empty vessels or without form. The meaning is clear: A person must hone himself to cutting lethality so that when
  • It Pays To Listen To Mom And Dad

     It was a beautiful afternoon, the sun was beginning to set behind the Blue Ridge mountain range and the air was crisp with a February cold on this Valentine's Day. I had worked a full 10-hour day at my primary job, visited my girlfriend for an hour and then was heading to my second job which was only 15 miles away. As I said goodbye to my
  • Transition, Change Bring Opportunity

    As we start 2008 at Pope we can be sure this will be a year of transition and change. For those like myself who have been around for a number of years (a nice way of saying we are old), we may be experiencing the sense of deja vu. In the late '80s and early '90s the Air Force went through several changes, leaving many of us to wonder what happened
  • Understand what you fight for in 2008

    Happy New Year Team Pope and thank you for your outstanding work in 2007! Because of your motivation and tremendous mission accomplishment in 2007, I am convinced we will enjoy continued success in 2008. We should never lose sight of the fact every Group in the Wing, along with our warfighting partners, currently has members deployed who are