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  • When I was an Airman …

    "Rainbow rainbow don't be blue, we were once rainbows too." Those are the words I remember hearing as my basic training flight stumbled (can't say marched) to receive a "shorter than average" haircut and our initial uniform issue.This was one of my first memories some 29 years ago when I entered the Air Force. Now, as I'm beginning my 30th and
  • Legacy of Leadership -- Decade of Dominance

    October 7, 2011, will mark a decade since America began combat operations in Afghanistan. Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) commenced with the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS) as the lead B-1 unit. Ten years later the "World Famous" Thunderbirds are stationed in Southwest Asia with the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW). We will mark the
  • Many backgrounds, many stories, one American Spirit

    Each year, Hispanic Heritage Month is recognized from Sept. 15 trhough Oct. 15. President Ronald Reagan enacted this special observance month in 1988. Sept. 15 was chosen because of the anniversary of independence for five Hispanic countries. The theme this year encompasses a rich background that spreads across the world. From Mexico to Cuba, South
  • 9/11 Remembered | Mari Schwanke

    September 11, 2001 ... I remember everything like it was yesterday. I used to work at the office in midtown New York City. On that day, I was about to take PATH train to the World Trade Center, but for some reason, I felt weird and didn't get on the train. Instead, I took a different route to my office. I got to the office and my coworker announced
  • 9/11 Remembered | Roy Neal

    In 2001, I was working for a large interactive agency in downtown Minneapolis, Minn., building websites. I was driving to work on the morning of 9/11 when I heard NPR report that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center, but the report seemed to assume it was a small plane, a Cessna. Surely it was an accident. There had been a small plane
  • 9/11 Remembered | Katelyn Welch

    On Sept. 11, 2001 I was 13 years old. That morning my alarm clock never went off for whatever reason. I woke up to my sister crying in the living room watching television with my mom. My mom told me that someone had crashed a plane into the World Trade Center. (The second plane had not hit yet) I took a shower and got dressed as usual because I was
  • Celebrating women’s right to vote

    Aug. 26, 2011, is the 91st anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment before signing into law giving women the right to vote on the same basis as men. The women's suffrage amendment was introduced for the first time to the United States Congress on Jan. 10, 1878. It was re-submitted numerous times until finally, in June 1919, the amendment received
  • Dear Drunk Driver

    Dear Drunk Driver,We don't know each other. We never met. That is until or lives literally collided. It was a night/early morning I wish I could forget and, in some ways, have forgotten. I guess there is part of me that also wishes I could remember more.The night started out great, I was with my sister and a great friend. We did have a good night
  • JAG announces law school programs: FLEP, ELP

    Airmen interested in becoming an Air Force lawyer have an opportunity to attend law school, receive paid tuition and a paycheck, all on the military's dime.There are two programs available for Airmen to attend law school as an Air Force officer: the Funded Legal Education Program and Excess Leave Program. Applications for FLEP and ELP are being
  • Household Goods Summer Surge

    Airmen who have heard the old saying, "It's your move," will find that with the Defense Personal Property System, it really is their move. The Defense Personal Property System is an internet-based system developed by the U.S. Department of Defense United States Transportation Command and the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command to