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Default Air Force Logo Americans live the dream, guard the homeland
As we watched the horrific events of Sept. 11 unfold, we witnessed the first major attack on the continental United States since the War of 1812. We asked ourselves, "What can we do?"For those of us in the military that question was answered for us. We are at war against terrorism. We will either provide support for those who are deployed or
0 11/13
2001
Default Air Force Logo Character forms essence of true heroes
As I reflect upon the Sept. 11 attacks on our great country, I have to ask: what intangibles do we possess to carry us through this terrible crisis? What provides us with our courage, strength, faith and resolve? What makes us who we are?The answer is our character.Character can be described in many different ways, but there is one person that
0 10/29
2001
Default Air Force Logo We all can stand against hate
The unthinkable happened Sept. 11 -- a tragedy of such huge proportions that it cannot be fully understood. Air Force people, like the rest of our nation, asked why.We may never know the full extent of what motivated such acts of terrorism, but we do know the United States became the victim of the ultimate hate crime that day. Even as an
0 10/25
2001
Default Air Force Logo Quality of military life a matter of perspective
I'm constantly reminded of why I choose to stay in the military and why others don't. It's a matter of perspective.I hear young and old airmen say things like the medical care isn't as good as it used to be or our benefits are going down the drain. I have even found myself grumbling from time to time. Then, I remember my mother.My mother raised
0 9/10
2001
Default Air Force Logo Proud to serve the best
A few months ago, I decided to get out of the office and take a break. I went off base to get some lunch, when a man approached me. He held out his hand to shake mine and said, "I just want to thank you for your military service."Shocked, I said, "You're welcome."The man's gesture made me think about my job and the military. I found myself guilty
0 7/24
2001
Default Air Force Logo Let's recognize those who choose to stay in
Every day, on any military base, there's an announcement about a retirement ceremony for Lt. Col. So-and-so or Master Sgt. What's-his-name.Last year, within two months, I went to six retirement ceremonies. During the ceremonies, the soon-to-be civilians were presented mementos and medals to honor their distinguished Air Force careers. Rightfully
0 7/13
2001
Default Air Force Logo Retired colonel's daughter reflects on military life
(Editor's note: This article is adapted from comments Ms. Kelly Kirsteatter made at her father's retirement ceremony. Col. Gary Kirsteatter served as chief of the combat support division at the Aerospace Expeditionary Force Center, Langley Air Force Base, Va., before retiring after 27 years of service. Ms. Kirsteatter is the deputy director of the
0 7/13
2001
Default Air Force Logo Command chief impressed with Lackland pride
My wife Jinnae held the phone without saying a word and simply let me ramble on and on with endless excitement like a small child calling his grandparents on a Christmas morning to describe every toy he'd gotten and how they all work. You see, I was calling her from my lodging room at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, where I had just been blessed
0 7/09
2001
Default Air Force Logo Is one night of fun worth this?
I'm writing this article to inform and warn people firsthand what happened to me.My name is Amber Chaffey, and, until recently, I was an airman 1st class. I came to Langley Air Force Base from technical school. When I first got here I made some really bad decisions.The first weekend I was here I took ecstasy with an airman living in the dorm; the
0 6/26
2001
Default Air Force Logo 30 Reasons Never to Leave Air Force
I'm going to tell you why I'll never willingly leave this great Air Force.A few weeks ago, my first child was born, more than 8,000 miles away in Virginia. He was born on the living room floor of our house, a month early, to the great surprise of his mother and me. Both mom and baby are doing very well, and now I get to bask in the pride and
0 6/18
2001
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