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First things first: Get your degrees in order

Posted October 12, 2012 by by Chief Master Sgt. David Brinkley

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — In 1972 the Community College of the Air Force was established by the Air Force Chief of Staff, General John D. Ryan. Four years later, President Gerald Ford authorized the Air Force, by law, to confer the associate degree. The CCAF was accredited during the start of 1977 and by the…

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Be A Super Hero
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Act like a Superhero

Posted February 15, 2013 by by Chief Master Sgt. Brian Bischoff

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. — I was recently picking up a few items at a local retail chain at lunchtime and everywhere I walked, someone wanted to shake my hand or say, “Thank you for your service.” It made me proud to be wearing the uniform of the U.S. Air Force. While waiting in…

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NATIONAL CARIBBEAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH, 2013

Posted June 7, 2013 by BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION: For centuries, the United States and nations in the Caribbean have grown alongside each other as partners in progress. Separated by sea but united by a yearning for independence, our countries won the right to chart their own destinies after generations of colonial rule. Time and again, we have led the way to…

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The Rap on Car Wrap Scams

Posted November 22, 2013 by AnhTuan Dang,

As the holiday season approaches, no doubt you may be looking for ways to secure some extra spending money to buy that special someone the perfect gift. As luck would have it, you just received an innocuous looking e-mail asking if you want to make an extra buck just by driving around with some company…

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U.S. Army Air Forces photo
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Unit cited for actions late in World War II

Posted October 10, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. Matt Proietti

U.S. Army Air Forces photo The B17 flying in the foreground is part of the 452nd Bombardment Group. Seen here flying with other aircraft, the 452nd planes were identified by the boxed L on their tail. (Eighth in an 11-part series that was first run in the Beacon in 2007) The 452nd Bombardment Group received…

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Miracles
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Retired Air Force Reservist finds inspiration through loss

Posted March 27, 2015 by Megan Crusher

Courtesy of Evan Money (First in a three-part series chronicling Angela Alexander’s incredible story which led to a book, a ministry and now, a documentary.) MIRACLE: “An unusual or wonderful event that is believed to be caused by the power of God,” is how Merriam-Webster defines it. For most parents who have lost a child…

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Living with PTSD

Posted April 13, 2012 by 2nd Lt. Marie Denson

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — “I started to get really depressed and lacked the desire to do anything but sit around and play online to ‘escape’ the real world,” he said. “I was having dreams of planes crashing, the smell of burnt flesh and rotting bodies. I still tried to push through this even as my…

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Preparing to fight the perfect war

Posted August 3, 2012 by by Robert J. Kaschak

How would you prepare to fight the perfect war? Is it possible, or does this only apply when used as a rhetorical question? While using a popular search engine to search the World Wide Web, it was noted that the words perfect and war are rarely seen together. Is this an indicator that it is…

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March Minutes | October 15, 2012

Posted November 16, 2012 by

Staff Sgt. Michael Stanforth Aircrew Flight Equipment, 912th ARS Hometown: Ocala, Florida 0450 I roll out of bed, get dressed and head to the gym for about an hour to get my adrenaline flowing so that I can start my day with plenty of energy. 0715 I arrive to work to see my coworkers searching for their…

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Air power energized by use of resources

Posted April 5, 2013 by Col. Nancy Opheim

TRAVIS Air Force Base, Calif. — One of my favorite sayings is “flexibility is the key to airpower.” As sequestration takes hold, coupled with budget constraints, it may become our battle cry. We live in uncertain times and the resources that appeared abundant last year will have to stretch in order to cover our mission. The definition…

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