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  • WED - a look at the incredible women who changed history

    Our nation will celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments women have made in service to this nation, Aug. 26.Throughout American history, women have played an ever growing and important role in defending the U.S. From serving the nation as Airmen, elected officials, or appointees to high office - these are some of the defining contributions to
  • A tribute to a warrior, patriot and hero to all Airmen

    I am the very proud son of an American fighter pilot, one of that treasured group who served in three wars, built an Air Force, and gave it an enduring example of courage and mission success. My dad was a hero. As a young man, I asked him who his combat heroes were; he gave me only two names. One was Major General Frederick "Boots" Blesse and the
  • Inconvenience claims solution for delayed HHG shipments

    Airmen and their families are no strangers to moving day. You watched the movers pack and load all of your household goods on the moving van, and it looks like you and your family survived the many challenges of a permanent change of station. Or did you? The delivery date on all of your paperwork, including the government bill of lading, was three
  • Celebrating diversity: Asian Pacific Heritage Month

    The arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the U.S., May 7, 1843, and the role of Chinese workers in the completion of the transcontinental railroad, May 10, 1869, are two milestones that led to May being named National Asian Pacific Heritage Month. "Building Leadership: Embracing Cultural Values and Inclusion" - the theme for 2013 - echoes an
  • An open letter of thanks

    Editor's Note: The following letter was penned in response to the overwhelming support Master Sgt. Joshua Klotz and his family received after their home caught fire, March 14.Now that the dust has settled, my family and I would like to take a few moments to say two words to our neighbors, friends, and all the people in the Rapid City, Rapid Valley
  • Are you ready for PCS season?

    Permanent Change of Station season is almost upon us, and with such an exciting time in a military family's life, it is good to start preparing ahead of time. All military members receiving orders overseas will have to accomplish a Family Member Relocation Clearance, which medically clears all family members traveling to an overseas location. For
  • A tribute to the Doolittle Raiders

    The 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron will pay tribute by flying American flags during B-1B Lancer missions on the anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, April 18. Pearl Harbor was only the first of many bold moves that made Japan seem nearly invincible in the early months of World War II. For a time, it was as if America and her allies were resigned to
  • Sexual assault undermines AF values

    April is recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month by both military and civilian communities across the country. This year, the Department of Defense has chosen the theme "We own it ... We'll solve it ... Together" - a statement that exemplifies the military's approach to preventing and ending sexual assault. According to the U.S. Department of
  • Ethics rules outline DoD employees' charitable activities

    Recently, there has been much confusion by military members and civilian employees alike as to their involvement in charitable activities while on-duty and on the installation. There are very strict federal ethics rules that apply to all DoD employees, and failure to comply with these rules can have severe consequences.What's the bottom
  • Retiring Airmen can provide for families with Survivor Benefit Plan

    We buy insurance to protect what is dear to us from unpredictable disasters.Your retirement pay is a precious resource - but it is only paid out for the life of a servicemember. Since you can't predict when the end of that will be, it is important to insure your retirement pay, using the Survivor Benefit Plan.Your spouse and/or dependent children