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50 years later: MLK still impacting world

Posted February 2, 2018 by Commentary by Tech Sgt. LANDON SCAIFE

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — We just celebrated the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I wonder if Dr. King was here today, would he be proud of his impact on the world or saddened by today’s current standings? Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a great vision in which we all can…

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Defining moments

Posted February 20, 2015 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Angela Blue 

The word character has many meanings according to the dictionary…a feature or trait characteristic, moral or ethical quality, qualities of honesty, courage, and to no surprise….integrity. Since it has so many different meanings, it can be made to adapt to so many different types of people. Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather…

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A Puzzle Called “Me”

Posted January 8, 2016 by Commentary by Senior Airman Shane Mitchell

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — It was early October when I entered the waiting room, and I wasn’t in the best of moods. The past two months had been the worst of my life; I made some very poor decisions and my personal, financial and professional stress was unmanageable. I put myself between…

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Three pounds, 11 ounces of resiliency

Posted November 3, 2017 by by Senior Airman SHELBY HORN

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — As military members we are inundated with training and speeches about resiliency. We hear it so often that it can get dull and become just another checked box on your records, until the message gets personally delivered in a place you’d never expect. In 2016 my husband and I…

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Drivers continue to hit dead end after answering automobile ads claiming Exchange affiliation

Posted October 13, 2015 by

DALLAS – An individual or individuals using the “Exchange Inc.” name to handle vehicle purchases has once again been placing advertisements in auto magazines and commercial newspapers, leading Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers to believe they’re purchasing a vehicle through the Department of Defense (DoD) retailer. “This has been an issue in the past…

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Don’t underestimate importance of sacrifices

Posted July 7, 2017 by by Chief Master Sgt. MATTHEW LUSSON

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published Feb. 19, 2015. As I was reviewing some enlisted performance reports and decorations today, I started contemplating a huge event in my life that occurred almost 20 years ago. In April of 1995, I asked my then girlfriend Tiffani, a fellow Airman at the time, to be my…

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Are you MAD or SAD?

Posted August 4, 2017 by

There are two distinct types of Airmen who serve: those who are here to make a difference (MAD) and those who are selfish and distracting (SAD). Each of us was equipped to be MAD once we graduated initial military training and our various technical training schools; we had the basic skills in our respective career…

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Move or die: Why speed matters, how troops can get faster

Posted March 2, 2018 by by Army Maj. NICK BARRINGER

Editor’s note: The following is an opinion piece. The writer’s views expressed here do not represent those of the Defense Department. An enemy soldier scans the horizon. He notices a flash of movement in front of him. He quickly aims at his target and sends 120 grains of lead flying toward it at more than…

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Technology helps overcome deployment challenges

Posted April 6, 2018 by by Tech. Sgt. JAMES HODGMAN

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. ­­— Military life is not easy. The men and women who serve in our armed forces protect our freedoms and way of life. They make tremendous sacrifices along with their families in service to our country. Service members often have to endure times of separation from their loved ones, from…

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Control from the cockpit: Two former fighter pilots explain the meaning of air dominance

Posted April 1, 2016 by From Raytheon Company

Time was running out for Cesar “Rico” Rodriguez and the rest of the NATO fighter pilots. They’d pulled off a surprise strike on a Serbian surface-to-air missile site, but the attack was dragging on – and the enemy was about to hit back. Rodriguez picked up an enemy fighter streaking north from Pristina. It was…

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