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An eternal flame burns inside the Hall of Remembrance at the United States Holocaust Memorial located in Washington D.C. The memorial reminds visitors to never forget the Holocaust and how events like this can be prevented if you remember the past. (Department of Defense photo by Marvin Lynchard) Remembering the past, looking to the future
“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”  These were the words of Jewish author, Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel. Born Sept. 30, 1928, in Sighet, Transylvania, now part of Romania, Wiesel grew up with his father, mother and three sisters.  In
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Air Force Spouse Logo (color). Image provided by SrA Edward Carr, Visual Information Specialist, 11WG/PAG. Image is 7x7 inches @ 300 ppi. Air Force Spouse Relationships are Key to Mission Success
When our fifth child was born, my husband sent a birth announcement to the “Jet 48,” a weekly magazine published at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England. It had a regular column featuring the parents of the children born in the base community.  As a joke, he added a title to my name: “Mundford Off-Base Installation Commander.”  What a surprise we
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Wingman Day is scheduled for Oct. 2, on Kadena Air Base, Japan, as an opportunity for Airmen to step outside of their day-to-day work environment and focus on team-building exercises. Wingman Day encourages Comprehensive Airmen Fitness, enhancing resiliency skills with group activities to promote physical, mental, social and spiritual fitness. (U.S. Air Force illustration/Senior Airman John Linzmeier) Resolve to be “resilient”
It’s late March, which is usually the time of year when people have given up on the goals and resolutions they set for themselves at the start of the new year. How are you doing with your goals? Are you staying focused? Are you thinking about giving up and settling for mediocrity? Below are some thoughts and advice on how to stay the course,
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Default Air Force Logo In recognition of women’s contributions to nation
March is National Women’s History Month. The theme for 2016 is, “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government.”  Women’s History Month highlights women who have shaped America’s history and its future through their public service and government leadership. It began as a national celebration in 1981 when
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A 90th Missile Security Forces Squadron Humvee sits on the access road of a Missile Alert Facility in the F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., missile complex, in this composite of two photos taken on Feb. 8, 2016. Security forces, missileers and other 90MWAirmen stay vigilant 24/7. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Senior Airman Jason Wiese) Lessons learned in the missile complex
As part of an effort to knock out multiple public affairs tasks, I spent a night at a missile alert facility. At the risk of coming across as a missile field newbie, I would like to explain what I learned about the operations in the field and the ICBM Airmen who conduct them.The first thing that stuck out to me was the drive out to the site.The
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Default Air Force Logo “I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired.”
“I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired.” These were famous words spoken by a courageous, passionate and determined Fannie Lou Hamer.  Hamer emerged as an active participant during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. She was born Oct. 6, 1917, in Montgomery County, Mississippi. As the youngest of 20 children, she was a sharecropper most of
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Default Air Force Logo My spouse, our perks
“What happened to all the ABU shirts?,” asks my husband as he frantically searches through our cluttered closet for a clean shirt to wear under his uniform. I think to myself, “You would know if you did the laundry,” but my sensible side persuades me to hold my tongue and help him pack his gym bag.  There’s no sense in arguing when we’re both tired
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Default Air Force Logo Remember! Celebrate! Act A Day On, Not A Day Off!
“I say to you today, my friends, though, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created
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Default Air Force Logo Is it a job or a calling?
One of the happiest days of my life was when I was called to serve as an active duty Air Force chaplain. Ten years ago, I voluntarily separated under Force Shaping to pursue a seminary. My dream was to one day be an active duty chaplain, but little did I know that it would be a test of endurance.  After eight years at a seminary and other
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Capt. Eydie Sakura (middle front) and Maj. Phyllis Pelky (right front) stand with Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) friends at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan. Pelky died in a helicopter crash at Headquarters Resolute Support Oct. 11, 2015. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo/released). Growth through pain—How the death of my friend made me a stronger more resilient Airman, woman, mother and friend
(This story is part of the "commentaries" section on These stories capture the experiences of Airmen from a first-person perspective. Capt. Eydie Sakura is on deployment from the 90th Missile Wing Public Affairs Office.)I watched my friend die.That was a day I will never forget. It changed me--I was no longer immune to grief during my one
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