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  • Determination, air power crucial to D-Day victory

    Many D-Day accounts focus on the lethal conditions servicemembers faced as they came ashore on the beaches of Normandy, June 6, 1944.  Allied forces suffered heavy casualties at Omaha and Juno beaches, and by June 11, more than 53,000 had been killed. The role of air power in the success of D-Day cannot be denied. Air power prepared the battlefield
  • Opening pathways to success

    When speaking with Airmen people about their career goals and aspirations, I am routinely asked what assignments they should pursue or what the path to success is. My usual response is there is no single assignment or path to success, but there are a few keys which can help open pathways to success. They are: professional, attitude, relationships
  • U.S. Air Force downsizing is a sensitive issue

    May 10 was a tough day. We had to tell 11 young officers they would not be continuing their career in the Air Force and will be separated by October. As a wing commander, I’d like to add a senior officer’s perspective to this sensitive issue. These officers have served their country honorably. Losing them is like losing members of my own family. I
  • Save your life: wear a helmet

    I got a call while I was at work not long ago from a woman I didn't know asking me if I knew Carmelo Baez. I said yes, then wondered why I heard traffic and an ambulance. She told me he'd been in a motorcycle accident, and the ambulance was there to take him to the hospital. I asked how he was. She said he was not able to talk and that the
  • Memorial Day: Why do we observe? Ask a veteran

    If you want to know why our nation observes Memorial Day, ask a veteran. I visited the Colorado Springs Veterans of Foreign Wars post May 23. The Lt. Marion L. Willis VFW Post, or Post 101, is “the oldest and friendliest VFW in town,” retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Jose Vazquez, the bartender, tells me with an easy smile. He knows it’s the only VFW
  • New Assessment Improves Post-Deployment Health Screenings

    Our Airmen’s health is critical to our mission success and your well-being. One of the ways we ensure that our force is healthy throughout a deployment is through pre-, during and post-deployment health surveillance. These tools ensure we catch and treat our Airmen's health conditions and concerns. Unfortunately, a review of data collected from our
  • AFAS loan gets Schriever Airman ‘back on the road’

    I moved to the Colorado Springs area from Missouri in 1997 as a senior airman with my wife and four children. At the time, I owned two older vehicles: one was 11 years old, and the other was 15. When I arrived, the housing office told me it would be 12 to 24 months before a big enough house became available, so I purchased a mobile home and rented
  • Commit to care -- Give to AFAF

    Airmen can help one another through the Air Force Assistance Fund campaign, which began Feb. 13 and runs through March 24. This year’s theme is “Commitment to Caring” and focuses on collecting contributions in support of four programs. The Air Force Enlisted Villages in Fort Walton Beach and Shalimar, Fla., provide rent subsidy and other support to
  • AFAF helps senior NCO, family through heart surgery

    I have always given to Air Force Assistance Fund throughout my career, but never had first-hand knowledge of what they could do. Since 1997, I have been a staunch supporter of AFAF and the Air Force Aid Society in particular. While stationed at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, I had a cough that just wouldn’t go away. After a few doctor visits, I

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