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  • Combating trafficking in persons important for all

    Combatting Trafficking in Persons ("CCIP") is an important consideration for all of us.  DoDI 2200.01 requires each service to formulate policy and guidance to educate and inform service members on CTIP in order to increase awareness so they can better identify and report suspected trafficking.  AFI

  • Commander sends holiday message

    Airmen, Family and Friends of the Global Vikings:As 2015 draws to a close, I would like to thank you for your hard work and dedication over the past year as members of the 934th Airlift Wing family.  I truly appreciate all that you have accomplished this year, and I hope you take advantage of some

  • Get the things you need

    Nobody knows what you need to accomplish the mission better than you do. All too often, however, when contracting needs a customer to define their requirement, the response is, "Isn't that your job?"As odd as that may sound, it's true. How I usually help educate folks is by using the experience of

  • Commander shares Thanksgiving thoughts

    934 AW Airmen, Family, and Friends,My wish for you this Thanksgiving is that you have a restful and enjoyable day with your family and friends and that next week you come back to us full of energy for the December drill.  Before you dig in to your turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce tomorrow,

  • Wing commander sends Veteran's Day message

    In 1918 at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, World War I informally ended as an armistice with Germany went into effect.  Generally regarded as the end of "the war to end all wars," what now is referred to as Veteran's Day was officially recognized the following year as President

  • Being a Wingman

    You probably first experienced the feeling of being or having a good wingman in your youth.  You were asked to watch your younger sibling or stay together with your friend to remain safe.  You were asked to be responsible, to watch out for strangers and stay away from certain areas or out of

  • A first sergeant's UTA

    Welcome to a world of organized chaos. As much as each First Sergeant tries to plan out their UTA weekends, it all comes down to being able to work in a world of unknowns. The motto "Semper Gumby" (always flexible) comes to mind when I describe the work schedule of any given First Sergeant.Our

  • Planning to succeed

    There's an old saying that goes, people don't plan to fail, they fail to plan.  In our Air Force I've always found this to be a valid concept.  Don't be one of those cursing your fate and blaming others for your lack of preparedness.  For those looking to move up through the ranks, preparing for the

  • Wing commander sends AF birthday message

    As the United States Air Force celebrates its sixty-eighth birthday, Airmen of the 934 Airlift Wing can reflect proudly on an unparalleled legacy of airpower and excellence in defense of our Nation.  Since 1947, the U.S. Air Force through its Airmen and technology has played a key role in securing

  • Swift Response exercise brings big picture into focus

    Once a month, on a typical UTA weekend, Airmen of the 934th AW descend on the Minneapolis Air Reserve Station for two days of training. Essentially, that is what the AFR does: they prepare, repeatedly and often, and it is not always clear for what they are preparing. It can be difficult sometimes to