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  • The New 18th Air Force: 2003 to 2005

    "The SECDEF has approved you to command the new combined AMC Numbered Air Force" was how Gen John Handy notified me that Sue and I were soon to take on a tremendous new challenge. It was his vision that 18th Air Force be a lean, streamlined headquarters focused on executing the Air Mobility war-fighting mission.While my first two months after
  • Delivering hope one order at a time

    Firefighters struggle to stop a relentless wildfire at the edge of Colorado Springs, where more than 32,000 people are being forced from their homes. Speculation is rampant that the raging fire will engulf the city, leaving destruction in its path.At this critical point, the National Interagency Fire Center makes a call requesting military help to
  • We do it better than anybody

    "We bring the word 'rapid' to rapid global mobility. We do it for allies, we do it for partners, and we do it for friends. We do it because we have to, because it is what Americans do, and we do it better than anybody," said Lt. Gen. Mark F. Ramsay when he assumed command of the 18th Air Force here Sept. 23, 2011. Since that time the command's
  • Airman humbled by return to Haiti

    Maj. Donovan Davis, who helped to ensure the flow of humanitarian relief into Haiti in the wake of last year's devastating earthquake, was recently humbled by an invitation to return to the scene of what he considers a "defining moment in his career."Less than a year ago, the former airfield operations chief of Joint Task Force-Port Opening