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Commander of the 21st Expeditionary Mobility Task Force, Brig. Gen. Timothy Zadalis, right, then a young officer, stands next to his father, Senior Master Sgt. Robert Zadalis. As Father's Day approches, General Zadalis recalled his late dad. "For those of us who have lost our dads, Father’s Day takes on new meaning," General Zadalis said. "It is not a time of cards and phone calls, but rather a time to reflect on memories. For me, Father’s Day is not sad day. And this Sunday I will reflect on his continuing impact on my life, my family and my career. He, along with my mother, set the foundation for my life. As a young boy, I was like all others, I remember racing my dad trying to beat him and when I was fast enough to win, I realized that who won the race did not matter, but it was the time we spent together that made the difference. One of the most poignant memories I have was as a young teenager, when I was asked a simple question by a group of leaders from an organization of which I was a youth member. I was sitting before an intimidating board and they were going to determine if I was ready for the next step. The question was a simple one, 'Who is the man who was the most influential in your life?' I remember sitting there with dozens of names running through my head and then it hit me … he was sitting right outside, probably more nervous for me than I was. I said exactly that. “He’s the man who brought me here and is waiting outside for me, my father.” That was the last question they asked, then my board was over. I remembered walking out of the room with a realization of what my father had given me, and I was thankful that at a young age I had recognized it. From that day on, I never failed to appreciate him for what he had done and would continue to do for me. I never told him about the question and why the board was so short, but he knew—I don’t know how, but he knew as all fathers do." (Courtesy photo)
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Historian for Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Gary Boyd hugs his son, Mycroft, in this 1989 photo. "My father, Donald Boyd, grew up in Depression-era Chicago," Mr. Boyd said as he reflected on lessons learned from his dad for Father's Day. "He used to tell me stories about the tough times, and gangs he had to avoid. As a child I used to think how wonderful it was we had progressed so far as a society that we had rid ourselves of such brutal things as gangs and breadlines. One thing that history teaches us, though, is that humanity tends to repeat the mistakes and minimize the majestic. My father taught me there was no such thing as a day off. He was always helping someone, working on the house or cars. He was never too busy to help anyone—neighbors, strangers, family. He had been in the Army Corps of Engineers in the mid-1950s, working with the Air Force. The program was called SCARWAF (Special Category Army Reassigned with Air Force). Stationed at Wolters AFB, Texas, he worked on some of the nuclear test ranges. He left the service after two years, wanting to farm back home in Kansas. My father unfortunately contracted cancer in 1976, and died before he ever got to see his grandchildren. My son, Mycroft, was born 11 years later—the spitting image of his grandfather. Mycroft has always been a kind and generous boy; he helped the maintenance man at his daycare center when he was only 2 years old, dispensing tools and advice while the other kids did what kids generally do. Mycroft was so kind and mild-mannered, he was the only child I have ever seen play goalie in soccer with his hands in his pockets. Like my father, Mycroft is something of a mathematical genius; he graduated Magna Cum Laude in mathematics this past spring. Growing up in the Air Force family, I always had supervisors and co-workers who would let me take time when needed to drive Mycroft to advanced studies and special classes. I am saddened that my father never got to see his grandchildren—but am heartened that he has never left really left us. (Courtesy photo)
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Erin Blauvelt, of the 87th Air Base Wing's Public Affairs office at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., says her father, Raymond Blauvelt, is her role model, and she closely follows in his footsteps. "I’ve not only grown up to look like him, act like him, graduate from Virginia Tech like him, but I’m also pleased to now be a Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Civilian employee like him," Ms. Blauvelt said recently as she reflected on her dad as Father's Day approaches. (Courtesy photo)
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Airman 1st Class Anna Davis, a Knowledge Operations Manager with the 87th Mission Support Squadron on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, says her father taught her to "take pride in what you do and be willing to sacrifice for something greater than yourself." Airman Davis reflected on some lessons learned from her dad during Father's Day. (U.S. Air Force photo/Carlos Cintron)
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Airman 1st Class Anna Davis, Knowledge Operations Manager with the 87th Mission Suport Group on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., sits in the lap of a family member as a baby in a family photo. Airman Davis' father, in the rear at center, is standing next to her mother, right. "As far back as I can remember, I have always been close with my father, Airman Davis said. "Whenever my mom told me I couldn't do something, I would always run to my dad because I knew that the answer would never be 'no.' In any case throughout my childhood, I've always been able to go to my dad when I had issues, from the smallest paper cut to the biggest life-changing decision like joining the Armed Forces. An enduring life lesson that I have learned from my father would be to take pride in what you do and be willing to sacrifice for something greater than yourself. My father was in the Army and provided support during Operation Desert Storm back when I was an infant, almost 20 years ago. Prior to joining the military, I had heard so many stories from my dad--some positive, others not so much. But in any case, he always told me that if I was willing to sacrifice myself for a greater good, then that alone should make me proud. Years later, I followed in my father's footsteps, and I wear this uniform today with pride--pride in knowing what I do every day is supporting something greater than myself." (Courtesy photo/Airman 1st Class Davis)
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Maj. Elizabeth Clay, commander of the 305th Maintenance Squadron at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., enjoys a day out on a fishing trip with her father, Thomas Biskup, about four years ago. Major Clay penned this essay to her father for Father's Day: "My dad…the son of a Croatian Immigrant and proud World War II U.S. Army machine gunner. My dad…the father to four children, the grandfather to two, and the husband of 50 years to one love. My dad…the baseball player, the runner, the fisherman, the traveler. My dad…the Air Force fighter pilot, the air traffic controller. My dad…the gardener, the teacher, the builder, the mechanic, the adviser. My dad…hands of steel, soft kind eyes, tender smile, gentle touch, heart of gold. My dad…my hero. I love you, dad!"
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A young Lt. Col. Scott Smith, commander of the 305th Air Mobility Wing Commander at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, rests easy in the arms of his father, Dr. Donald W. Smith. "I have much to be grateful for in my life, and one special gift in particular I thank God for is my father—Donald W. Smith," Colonel Smith said. "Patriotism, dedication, integrity, passion and competitive drive are just a few of the countless characteristics he has instilled in me over the years. However I believe the greatest lesson I learned from him was the primacy of service to others—and most particularly that there is no sacrifice is too great for your children and their future. It was not lost on me at an early age that as one of nine kids, my dad needed tremendous self-drive and motivation to achieve his goals. Though his parents gave him a good start, he and his brothers and sisters ultimately had to go out and make their way in the world through their own efforts. For my father, that path led him to work endless amounts of hours doing back-breaking jobs in fields and factories to pay his way through schools. In the end, he became a fantastic doctor of medicine working long hours as our family developed. While still practicing medicine, he was an “old school” doctor—going off in the middle of the night with black bag in hand to make a house call. What I learned later is that he often did not charge people for his visits. That was my dad the doctor—wanting to help others and practice his art above all else. For me and my two sisters, that genuine care manifested itself in his phenomenal generosity over the years. Whether it was for schools, sports or music lessons, trips or camps, my dad has always been ready to help us reach our potential. Costs were often staggering, but if we earned the opportunity, he found a way to work the finances—always at a personal cost of sacrificing some dream or desire of his own. To this day, my father holds nothing back to help my sisters and I go forward with our own families. He is the most generous, caring man I will ever know, and will always be the standard to which I aspire."
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Master Sgt. Terence Jackson of the 32nd Air Refueling Squadron here proudly displays his new patch and coin. Sergeant Jackson was recognized by squadron leadership for achieving a rare milestone in his career: 10,000 mishap-free flight hours. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Danielle Johnson)
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Left, Lt. Col. David Mott, 305th Air Mobility Wing chief of safety, presents a certificate recognizing Master Sgt. Terence Jackson of the 32nd Air Refueling Squadron for achieving a rare milestone in his career: 10,000 flight hours. Colonel Mott emphasized that those flight hours were all mishap-free, a feat that he associates with only a few people who have one characteristic in common: "They love what they do." (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Danielle Johnson)
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Rachel Johns, second from left, of the South Jersey Guild of Spinners and Hand Weavers, demonstrates a technique called “Carding,” which uses paddle-like brushes, Hand Carders, to straighten out the wool in preparation for the spinning wheel. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wayne Russell)
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Barb Johns, foreground, and Irene Charney, background, of the South Jersey Guild of Spinners & Hand Weavers demonstrate the art of spinning wool on a spinning wheel to a few of the McGuire AFB Homeschoolers at the Joint Base's library on June 12. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wayne Russell)
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The South Jersey Guild of Spinners & Hand Weavers are welcomed to the McGuire Air Force Base library on June 12 to give training and discuss the role of spinning and clothing in American History to various school-age youth at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. Barb Johns, far left, explains the process of removing silk from the cocoon of a silkworm. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wayne Russell)
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