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Airman 1st Class Caroline Karaverdian, 9th Medical Group outpatient technician, files a folder in the patient health record department at the clinic at Beale Air Force Base, California, Feb. 4, 2020. On June 20 the 9th MDG will be going all-digital by transitioning to a new electronic health record called Military Health System GENESIS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Valentina Viglianco)
Department of Defense Military Health System GENESIS logo (Courtesy Graphic)
Senior Airman Jennifer Carrier, assigned to the 319th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Detachment 1 as the unit deployment manager, stands in front of a Globalhawk on Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Jan. 31, 2020. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman Jason W. Cochran)
Airman 1st Class Joshua Chatman, 9th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment specialist, places a strain relief cord back into an oxygen mask hose after cleaning it out, Jan. 22, 2020 at Beale Air Force Base, California. To ensure oxygen masks are properly functioning, aircrew flight equipment specialists inspect them every 30 days. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luis A. Ruiz-Vazquez)
Airman 1st Class Maggie Breedlove, 9th Operations Support aircrew flight equipment specialist, measures and cuts Velcro pieces that will be placed in the inside of a flyers lightweight helmet, Jan. 22, 2020 at Beale Air Force Base, California. These pieces of Velcro will attach an energy absorbing liner to the helmet. The purpose of an energy absorbing liner is to reduce impact energy to the head of a pilot. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luis A. Ruiz-Vazquez)
Wrenches lie in an aircraft mechanic’s toolbox at Beale Air Force Base, California, Jan. 27, 2020. Mechanics are vital to ensuring the readiness of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing’s intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance flying operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Valentina Viglianco)
Wesley Dietrich, 9th Maintenance Operation Squadron aircraft mechanic, runs an air speed test on a T-38 Talon at Beale Air Force Base, California, Jan. 27, 2020. A group of civilian contractors prepare T-38s for their daily flying schedules by refueling and inspecting the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Valentina Viglianco)
Wesley Dietrich, 9th Maintenance Operation Squadron aircraft mechanic, looks into a T-38 Talon cockpit during an air speed test at Beale Air Force Base, California, Jan. 27, 2020. This test measures the aircraft’s speed with a static tube system, which can determine the speed of the air flowing around the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Valentina Viglianco)
Wesley Dietrich, 9th Maintenance Operation Squadron aircraft mechanic, clicks a switch on a pressure-temperature test device at Beale Air Force Base, California, Jan. 27, 2020. The T-38s are part of the Companion Trainer Program for U-2 Dragon Lady pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Valentina Viglianco)
Wesley Dietrich, 9th Maintenance Operation Squadron aircraft mechanic, looks into a T-38 Talon cockpit at Beale Air Force Base, California, Jan. 27, 2020. The T-38 is a twin-engine, high-altitude, supersonic jet trainer used in a variety of roles because of its ease of maintenance, elevated performance, and exceptional safety record. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Valentina Viglianco)

Chief's Corner

I am an American Airman

Too often I hear the statement, “The Air Force has no tradition…certainly not like the other services.” Or there’s the comment, “The Air Force changes everything all the time.  New uniforms, AFI’s, etc….how can we expect to maintain any heritage or tradition?”
I submit there is one decisive, deliberate, and motivating action each of us can take.  No matter the position you hold, the grade you wear, or if you are active duty, guard, reserve, retired, every single one of us can implement this small, yet powerful change today.  The change refers to a facet of our current culture.
Malcolm Gladwell speaks about culture change in his book, ‘Tipping Point’.  In his book, the author posits that even the smallest adjustments to habits, routines, or attitudes can have a significant impact on the culture or perception of an organization, population, or product.
Therefore, I challenge everyone to stop referring to members of our Air Force as ‘TROOPS’. 
According to Merriam-Webster, the primary definition of the word troop is:
a. A group of soldiers
b. A cavalry unit corresponding to an infantry company
c. A flock of mammals or birds
I understand a definition is literal, however, there are two problems with the way we throw this term around to refer to our Airmen.  First, the word troop is actually plural…referring to a group of soldiers.  Lastly, and most poignantly, the word troop is actually rooted in a tradition and heritage of another service.  And before we start the “But Chief, we were born out of the Army” conversation, I would ask you to consider a few points. 
We were born out of the Army for a reason.  We fulfill several needs that no other organization can: to keep up with advancing technology and to take warfighting to an entirely different level, both geographically and mentally.  The Army and Navy were long-time competitors for military leadership and neither service thought that the other should take on the new tasks of strategic deterrence missions associated with the advent of the atomic bomb.  This, along with many other great reasons, is why our Air Force, and our AIRMEN were created.
Think about it.  The United States Air Force was created for some of the most sophisticated warfare challenges of the time. 
So, let’s continue the tradition born in 1947 and call each other what we truly are.  Please, call me Airman.

Chief Hall

 

 

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  • Perimeter Patrols: 9th SFS provides base security on UTVs

    The 9th Security Forces Squadron conducts patrols of the base’s 26-mile perimeter on utility terrain vehicles (UTV) to help ensure the base is secure. They conduct at least three patrols every day. During the patrols they check for damage to the fence or any other signs of tampering. The off-road nature of the UTVs allows them to move over obstacles and go through water.
  • Beale’s Bovines enjoy our Reconnaissance

    One of the things that makes Beale unique is the U-2 Dragon Lady, another is the presence of cows on the base. The cows are such a fixture there is actually a running cow count, which currently stands at 1881. The cows are here due to a grazing program where the base leases approximately 12,000 acres to ranchers for their cattle to graze from November through May. In addition to money brought in from the leases, the bovines help reduce the number of invasive species and aid in fire suppression.
  • Lumber jacks of all trades: 9th CES Dirt Boyz cut trees, clear brush

    The 9th Civil Engineer Squadron pavement and heavy equipment, more affectionately known as Dirt Boyz, often perform various forms of construction on base. One aspect of their job many people don’t know about is tree maintenance. The unit actually started a large tree maintenance project on Nov. 26 near the Three Bridges area. The project, which is scheduled to last until Jan. 1, 2019, will be a daily undertaking for teams of up to six people.
  • One of our newest members of the Beale family

    Being new can be a challenge, but for Airman 1st Class Bobby Gardner, 9th Civil Engineering Squadron firefighter, joining the Air Force has not let anything hinder his passion of being a firefighter.Coming from Jackson, Mississippi, Gardner has made plans to go to school and make firefighting a career.“I wanted to become a firefighter because I
  • Current Scout Honors Beale’s Past

    BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif -- There will come a day when there aren’t any World War II Veterans still living among us.  When all of these mighty Americans have left us, only memories, history, and memorial sites will remain.Approximately 16 million Americans served in the Armed Forces during World War II.  Currently, 2.4 million youths and one
  • Presidential Visit

    President Donald J. Trump stopped at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Nov. 17, 2018, before heading to Butte County to see the destruction caused by the Camp Fire.President Trump met with Col. Andrew M. Clark, 9th Reconnaissance Wing commander, to talk about current situations before he seen the devastation first hand. “We chatted for a little bit, we
  • 195th ISRG provides intelligence support for Camp and Woolsey Fires

    Air National Guardsmen from the 195th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group have been aerial imagery support to agencies battling fires in the California since Nov. 8, here.
  • 7th RS Airman accomplishes intensive Navy Chief Petty Officer Course

    NAVAL AIR STATION SIGONELLA, Sicily— Recently, Master Sgt. Justin Royse, 7th Reconnaissance Squadron metals technician, attended a U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Course at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily.The course evaluates performance by challenging team and individual strengths while it fosters values of humility, trust, and loyalty. “The Air
  • 9th CPTS: Closing the fiscal year

    The 9th Reconnaissance Wing receives a yearly budget that is allocated to and used by the groups and squadrons under its command to enable them to successfully execute the mission. However, at the end of each fiscal year it’s the responsibility of a few Airmen to ensure that the wing’s accounts are accurate and ready for the new yearly budget. Two weeks prior to the close of the fiscal year, budget analysis Airmen at the 9th Comptrollers Squadron work to ensure that unit funds are accounted for and executed according to regulations so they can close the books.
  • Squadron Innovation Fund: 9th CONS executes, meets unit demands

    The Air Force announced a new program known as the Squadron Innovation Fund (SIF) designed to fund new ideas. The program was inspired by the success of the 99th Reconnaissance Squadron’s initiative to overcome challenges they experienced while performing their mission independent of leadership oversight.
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