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Howard Tanksley, third row second from right, takes a photo with his high school baseball team in 1936. Tanksley is the grandfather of Staff Sgt. Patrick Bell, 33rd Operation Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician. From an early age he instilled love for the sport of baseball and love for his country, both of which he still values to this day. (Courtesy Photo) Finding his balance
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Patrick Bell finds balance between his life on active duty and within the community.
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2017
Sheppard’s Peer-to-Peer Airman Mentoring Program, aimed at developing student Airmen into future leaders, was featured as a “Best Practice” during the Air Force Community Action Information Board January 24, 2017. As its name implies, the program fosters a culture of positive influence driven and regulated by Airmen, with only oversight and occasional direction from the program managers. Peer-to-Peer developed from the ground up at Sheppard, focuses on developing professionalism, dignity, respect and aspects of emotional intelligence, according to Tommy Bonner, the Peer-to-Peer program manager. “We wanted to find a way to change the culture and thought processes of Airmen,” he said. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Brittany Curry)

Sheppard Peer-to-Peer program named best practice
Sheppard’s Peer-to-Peer Airman Mentoring Program, aimed at developing student Airmen into future leaders, was featured as a “Best Practice” during the Air Force Community Action Information Board Jan. 24. As its name implies, the program fosters a culture of positive influence driven and regulated by Airmen, with only oversight and occasional direction from the program managers.
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2017
Staff Sgt. Devin Rudd, (left) a student in the orthotics program, and Lawrence New, (right) a 59th Medical Wing orthotist and orthotics instructor, use plaster to create a mold for a body jacket orthoses at the Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Aug. 24, 2016. Staff Sgt. Kenneth Rivera, (center), is also a student in the orthotics program and served as the patient for the lesson. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla) Training at a glance: Orthotics program
The Air Force's only orthotics training program is conducted at the Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Established in the 1970s, the program is dedicated to providing the highest level of training and graduating world-class orthotics technicians. The course is accredited by the Community College of
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2016
A blue rope hangs on a chair during a graduation ceremony at Lott Hall Feb. 11, 2016, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The first selected group of NCOs graduated the military training leader course after attending the nine-day class at Keesler. The program, formerly based out of Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, is designed to mentor, train and lead Airmen in technical training as military training leaders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue) MTL course develops new curriculum
The Air Force’s only Military Training Leader Course is doubling from a two-week to a four-week class to provide graduates with a more robust skill-set beginning Oct. 24, 2016. “We’re providing our new MTLs great leadership training with this revamped curriculum,” said Mullen. “We’re excited and ready to engage our NCO, senior NCO and international
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2016
Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James is greeted by Phil Bryant, Mississippi Governor, and 81st Training Wing leadership at base operations Oct. 25, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. James was the guest speaker at the 38th Annual Salute to the Military at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center. The event recognized the men and women who serve in the military along the Gulf Coast. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue/Released) SecAF honors Gulf Coast service members at Salute to the Military
Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James attended the 38th Annual Salute to the Military as the keynote speaker to honor service members from across the Mississippi Gulf Coast Oct. 25.James along with Senator Roger Wicker, Congressman Steven Palazzo and Southern Mississippi community leaders gathered to pay tribute to men and women who have and
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