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  • Tornadoes Part 1: Tornado terminology, destructive power and myths

    In West Texas the season of spring brings warmer temperatures and the long awaited hint of green to the winter-frozen, brown, cracked grass of the native area. But spring also brings the potential threat of tornadoes. With that in mind, members of the 17th Civil Engineer Squadron base readiness flight provide readers with information about
  • Smile! Good dental habits can last a lifetime

    Good habits that start at an early age can ensure good habits continue throughout life. One such good habit is caring for our teeth by brushing and flossing. With February being National Children's Dental Health Month, this is an excellent time to educate your children on the importance of their teeth and demonstrate proper care and maintenance. As
  • Fire truck comes to Goodfellow display

    On Saturday, a C-130 Hercules from the 910th Airlift Wing, Youngstown, Ohio, landed at Mathis Field and came to a stop just north of the terminal. As the ramp came down, a signature chrome bulldog became visible. Inside was a 1942 Mack Model 125 fire truck. The Mack was part and parcel of what was going on in the world at the time. When it rolled
  • Goodfellow volunteers fix up historic Texas church

    Have you ever heard of Rowena, Texas? I hadn't either until a few weeks ago, when I started to organize a volunteer project to help the Zoar Community Church prepare for their 100th Anniversary. This small town, home to approximately 714 people, is full of rich history. Although you won't see it on the welcome sign, Rowena is where Bonnie Parker
  • A “fair” day at Crockett Elementary

    Despite the cold weather this past Friday, it turned out to be a "fair" day at Crockett Elementary. More than 120 students ranging from grades Kindergarten-6 presented their science projects during the Annual Crockett Elementary Science Fair. Members of the 316th Training Squadron assisted in judging students' presentations based on originality,
  • Sharks take a bite out of pollution by recycling

    When I was teaching last year, I noticed a large amount of plastic bottles, cans, and glass containers thrown away. The amount of recyclables going into the garbage astonished me. This went against everything I had been taught over the last 20 years. I took my first step and brought in my own recycling container and was surprised to find it was
  • Friendship Golf Par-tee

    Ninety-six players and approximately 20 volunteers helped make the Friendship Charity Golf Tourney a great success. On Aug. 4, participants gathered at the Quicksand Golf Course for 18 holes of fun, snacks, and a delicious complimentary catered lunch from Texas Roadhouse. Each player received a door prize and a goodie bag filled with coupons, golf
  • Hard at work at 75 years of age

    "When I was 20, I knew that 75 was old," says the gray-haired man in the uniform of a 17th Civil Engineer Squadron civilian. "When I was 30, 40, 50, I knew that 75 was old. So I'm an old man," he says, and then pauses. A grin crosses his face. "I don't feel 75." Whether he felt it or not, Don Hedges turned 75 on July 27. Despite his age, the
  • Commissioning beyond borders

    Any officer can say that his or her commissioning ceremony was a special moment. Some might even describe it as a personal experience because family members were involved, but how many can claim they were delivered the oath of office by their father in Baghdad through a video teleconference? 2nd Lt. Marie Bachran can. On Monday morning, then-Cadet
  • The best and worst day of his life

    Staff Sgt. Mike Myers experienced one of the most frightening events of his life in Afghanistan, while the birth of his child was taking place more than 7,000 miles away simultaneously. Sergeant Myers, a security forces member of one of the Provincial Reconstruction Teams here, is lucky to be alive after his HUMVEE was hit by a rocket-propelled