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  • Next stop: Wine country

    When people think of Iowa, they might not think of vineyards or wine tasting tours. Few may know that Iowa has more than 400 commercial vineyards and more than 70 wineries.However, 11 members of Team Offutt will soon learn about the wine Iowa has to offer when they embark on the Western Iowa Wine Tour hosted by the Outdoor Recreation Office here
  • Guitar lessons offered at Offutt

    For anyone with a desire to play like Jimmy Hendrix or entertain friends with smooth guitar licks, the community activity center here can help.Guitar lessons are available at Offutt's CAC every Wednesday night starting at 5:30 p.m. Each lesson lasts 30 minutes and costs $12.50.Robert Whitbeck, the instructor for each lesson, has been playing guitar
  • Facility welcomes all UCMJ violators

    For servicemembers who violate the Uniformed Code of Military Justice there's a place to take a short vacation from it all.This place can house up to 15 people and offers wonderful views from barred windows. Every guest starts with a 72-hour stay in one of three private rooms in the form of segregation cells. Those who check in have no amenities,
  • Running to success

    Dozens of feet pound the treadmills inside the Offutt Field House. Some are trying hard to maintain their pace, while others seem to be moving with ease. They won't be able to for long though.Soon a voice yells out to the runners, "Increase your incline to eight percent."The runners follow the voice's instructions while trying to maintain their
  • Air traffic controllers keep Offutt flying

    An aircraft may have a pilot at the controls, a dedicated crew and no mechanical problems, but it won't take off or land here without approval from Offutt's control tower.From 110 feet above the ground day or night, Offutt's air traffic controllers keep watch over the sky above, as well as the ground below and manage the base's busy arrival and
  • Chaplain has huge impact

    His hair is white, the lines on his face show his age, yet his eyes are warm and determined. At 60 years old, Chaplain (Col.) Carl J. Swanson is the senior chaplain here and one of few Vietnam veterans still on active-duty.As Offutt's senior chaplain, Colonel Swanson ensures that his staff of seven do all they can to take care of Team Offutt. This
  • Warrior Health: seeking resources to stay mentally fit

    "Men are not prisoners of fate, but prisoners of their own minds." -Franklin D. RooseveltWith new Air Force physical training standards recently taking effect and an evolving fitness culture, focus is often placed on performance of physical strength and stamina. However, for a healthy whole-person concept, military members and their families should
  • 45th RS brings four missions to the fight

    The phone rings and a young captain quickly answers it. The voice on the other end of the line explains that a team must be ready to deploy in less than 24 hours to support an operation half way around the world. The captain answers, "yes sir, we'll be ready." Phone calls like this are just a part of life for the members of the 45th Reconnaissance
  • 30-year career, marriage depends on balance, commitment

    Two Chief Master Sgts. here celebrated not only their combined 60-years of military service at a retirement ceremony July 6, but also their 30-year journey as a married couple in the Air Force. Chief Master Sgt. Lisa Sirois, 55th Wing command chief, and her husband Chief Master Sgt. Roger Sirois, 55th Communications Squadron superintendent, were
  • Playing to win mentality contributes to Air Force honors

    Play to win ... three simple words that guide many as they enter competitive events.Those same words led Lt. Col. Douglas Taffinder, a member of U.S. Strategic Command, to the title of 2010 Air Force Chess Champion during the service-wide tournament at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, May 9 - 15."I play in a tournament to win the event," the chief of