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  • On Memorial Day, take a lesson from the Old Guard

    The exact origins of Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, are not known. It was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868, by Gen. John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, that a day should be observed nationwide as a ritual of remembrance and reconciliation. That first observation took place May 30th of the same
  • Have you ever been broke?

    Have you ever been broke?I don't mean the "can't afford to get the latest, hottest X-Box 360 game" kind of broke; I mean the "can't put food on the table" kind of broke.We have! Back in the day when staff sergeants took home about $390 a pay check, my still "new to the Air Force" bride and baby daughter learned the hard way that military pay didn't
  • Remembering sacrifices of America’s POWs

    When I was a young man, the Vietnam War was still close enough in the past for many to remember clearly. I remember watching the repatriation of our prisoners of war in 1973. At the time I was nine years old and knew that it was important to my parents and grandparents. Also at that time my Uncle Johnny, a POW held in Germany during World War II,
  • Gift of safety: one size fits all

    Give the Gift of Safety, Give the Gift of Life.So that may be the corniest line I have ever come up with for a safety article, which is saying a lot, but the truth remains: giving our loved ones gifts that keep them safe may keep them in our arms. While I am sure that any man giving his wife a safety kit for her car will be on the same terms as a
  • My educational journey: Who needs more education?

    My educational journey began a few years prior to me joining the U.S. Air Force in Grand Junction, Colo. I was attending Mesa State College and majoring in the field of Geological Sciences. My overall goal was to follow in the footsteps of my father and grandfather, working for them in the family business after graduation from college. After two
  • Maintaining 3-D vision

    If you've been to the movies in last year the chances are you've watched one in 3-D. This old-turned-new technology is designed to make movies come to life, enhancing our viewing experience. It used to be clunky, with ugly cardboard glasses. But, the entertainment industry went "back to basics," improved this technology in the theater, and even
  • Alternative energy initiatives launched by AFMC

    The Air Force is at the forefront of many Department of Defense energy initiatives.Most are either happening, or are managed, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The Air Force Materiel Command oversees the development and testing of alternative fuels for Air Force aircraft.The command is seeking more "green" ways to power our fighters,
  • AWACS - Pre-Eminent Symbol of American Airpower

    A 2010 edition of Air Force Magazine declared the E-3 Sentry (AWACS) "perhaps the pre-eminent symbol of American operational presence." But how much do you know about this aircraft, its history, roles, missions, capabilities and personnel?Brought to life in the 1970s, the E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System was originally intended as a
  • A horse’s tale

    "And I don't know who is showing the thing!"It has been 43 years and I can still clearly hear the "I can't believe this guy is in the show ring" tone as the show-barn announcer described me to the packed crowd at the Heart of Illinois horse show. To be honest, I couldn't believe it either.Just about 30 minutes earlier I had been doing what most
  • Chief, son serve through holidays together in Afghanistan

    Passing the turkey, watching football, unwrapping gifts, and sitting around a fireplace while sipping hot chocolate with family and friends might be traditions out of the question for most deployed military members this holiday season. Fortunately, though far from home, a father and son get to spend the season together for the first time in three