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  • Dear Wing Ma'am: "Things are just not the same between us.."

    Dear Wing Ma'am,My husband recently returned from long deployment and things are just not the same between us. I don't know what to do. He's been home a month now, and I feel that I am already at my wits end and drowning in our marriage. I love him and want to make this work!! I want to save our relationship and our family. Any advice you could
  • Dear Wing Ma'am: "My best friend attempted suicide..."

    DEAR WING MA'AM, One of my best friends attempted suicide. "Josh" always seemed so happy that this has come as a shock to all of us. We are thankful he is alive, but we are unsure of how to behave around him. When Josh returns back to the shop, what should I say to him? How can we (his friends/co-workers) support him? What should I do if he tries
  • Command chief retires after nearly three decades

    One week from today MacDill Air Force Base will celebrate the success and dedicated service of one of our great leaders. MacDill's Command Chief, Chief Master Sgt. Derrick D. Crowley, will retire after nearly three decades of extensive service to his country. Twenty nine years ago, Sept. 13, 1982, Crowley enlisted into the United States Air
  • 6th Ops Group veterans light up stories of bygone age

    Long before the unit we know today as the 6th Operations Group came to Florida, it had a very different mission in a very different location. The 6th Bombardment Group had been assigned to defend the Panama Canal, but was moved, on paper, during World War II back to the United States to prepare for long-range bombing missions in the Pacific
  • Honoring the legacy of Lt. Helton

    This past week I had the honor of leading the 2011 "Helton Haul" 5-K run named for the late 1st Lt. Joseph Helton. I was privileged to be flanked by his mother, Jiffy Helton. She was deeply moved by the tribute shown by members of the 6th Air Mobility Wing and Team MacDill in honor of her son. For those unfamiliar with the story of Lieutenant
  • The Real Pirates - formerly of the Caribbean

    For a few short days recently, the pirate with skull and crossbones - the distinctive emblem of the 6th from long ago when it had been stationed in the Caribbean - rose from the past to relive a time when huge silver-gleaming bomber planes roared from a tiny island in the Pacific to help end World War II. From Sept. 8-11, this old emblem and the
  • Father and son captains cross paths at MacDill

    His father is Navy, as was his father, and his father before him, but the tide turned with Joseph Hinson the IV, who went Air Force.There are no hard feelings, though, said Navy Capt. Joseph Hinson the III, who is a Reservist assigned to Naval Forces Central Command and who last week had a chance reunion with his son at MacDill."He had offers to go
  • Billy Waugh: One old Soldier who refuses to 'fade away'

    For most old Soldiers, especially those past their 80th year, the glory days of service and sacrifice are long past. Then again, Billy Waugh, 81, is no ordinary "old Soldier."Waugh was a U.S. Army Special Forces legend whose career spanned several years of work with the Studies and Observation Group in the early days of U.S. involvement in Vietnam
  • Comprehensive Airman Fitness: spiritual health

    Spiritual fitness can easily be a touchy subject, after all religion is a very personal matter, one in which many people are easily offended. CAF, is not here to tell you that one religion is better than another, or to even say you need to be religious. Spirituality has become a term synonymous with religion, but in all actuality, it's very much
  • CAF: Social health essential well-being

    According to the World Health Organization in 1948, "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."While this might appear to be common sense, with today's busy world, people often forget to take time not only for themselves, but to help the people around them - after all,