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Default Air Force Logo When reducing energy use, knowledge is power
Here at our "center of excellence," the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, we impart knowledge to our students so they may be better able to perform their mission. Hopefully we are also absorbing the knowledge that is flowing all around us. Recently, during an Air Force Week in Philadelphia event at the Wharton Business School in Philadelphia, a
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Default Air Force Logo Any drinking means no driving
After 29 years, it's still as if it happened yesterday. And, memory means a lot at my age. I was 18 years old and driving home on a rainy night. I had my own car; gas was under a dollar; my 8-track tape player was playing, and I was going to see the world at the expense of the Air Force. A set of headlights appeared in my lane, and with no time to
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Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Philip Barker Use care when speaking; words are spiritual containers
"Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me." Most of us learned from a very early age this is not true. We know from our own experience that words have power, either for good or for bad. The book of Proverbs tells us that "death and life are in the power of the tongue." In fact, words are spiritual containers. They can
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Family members of former missing in action Airman, Maj. Robert F. Woods, watch as the cason carrying him is prepared to move to a grave site April 9, 2008, at Arlington National Cemetery, Va.  On Nov. 30, 2007, the Air Force announced that Major Woods, along with co-pilot Capt. Johnnie C. Cornelius, were identified and their remains returned to the United States from Vietnam.  On June 26, 1968, Major Woods and Captain Cornelius were flying a visual reconaissance mission over Quang Binh Province, Vietnam, when their O-2A Skymaster aircraft crashed in a remote mountainous area.  Major Woods was buried with full military honors nearly 40 years after he disappeared in the crash.  (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol) A day at Arlington is a day for remembering heroes
The alarm clock chimed at 3 a.m. on April 9 just like it was supposed to do. My wife hit the off button and the next two minutes before I stirred seemed like an eternity. This was going to be the start of a busy day. I had to get up early to beat the morning traffic between McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., and Arlington, Va., where I planned to attend
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Default Air Force Logo Commuting to war
Right now, 35,000 feet above the cold and treacherous North Atlantic, two hours from the nearest runway, 28 McGuire Airmen are commuting to war. Eight KC-10 aircrew members from the 2nd and 32nd Air Refueling Squadrons, and 20 KC-10 maintainers from the 605th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron are four hours into a 13-and-a-half hour flight from the
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Default Air Force Logo Follow your gut; it usually points to your destiny
I've always heard people say, "Follow your gut instinct because it's probably right." For as long as I can remember, every time I was asked the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" the answer was different. It seemed my dream job changed as often as the seasons and was probably as diverse. When I got to college I decided I should
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Air Force officials have launched a new ad campaign to accurately portray Airmen and how they're executing the Air Force mission to ensure the security and safety of America now and in the future.  (U.S. Air Force graphic) Saluting those 'Above All' Airmen
As I was standing on stage in the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center's Grace Peterson Hall before 90 of the toughest Airmen you'll ever meet. Midway through talking to them, I had the realization dawn on me that these Airmen were soon heading off to war. It's not an unusual thing to think about at the USAF EC, because it's fairly normal for
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Airman 1st Class Stephen Harper (U.S. Air Force photo/Shauna Heathman) Airman-to-Airman, this is for you
When I first came to Charleston, I had no idea what to expect. I had just returned from leave, and all I really knew about my job was what I learned from tech school. So was I nervous? Heck yeah, I was! But during the next few hours, the butterflies in my stomach quickly died away. I was introduced to an event called a "Combat Dining-In," a
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Default Air Force Logo Combat skills training creates stronger Airmen
I returned April 18 from two weeks of training that I may never use -- two weeks of crawling through mud, running with 40 pounds of body armor strapped to my shoulders and head and eating field rations. I'd do it all again in a heartbeat. The training I attended was the Air Force's Advanced Contingency Skills Training Course, offered at the U.S.
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Default Air Force Logo 10 helpful tips for long, successful Air Force career
A few years ago, I read an article written for an Air Force base paper in England. It was written by captain on the Area Defense Counsel. In it, he discussed -- from his experiences -- the top ten things an Airman could do to stay out of trouble. I've had the opportunity to command five different units and have found that advice to be spot on. I
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