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  • Veterans Day

    On Nov. 11, the United States will gratefully remember and honor the men and women who have served in our military. It is a day born of sacrifice, courage and bravery. There are two important stories to this day of remembrance: the story of how it came to be and the story of those who made it.Veterans Day began as Armistice Day. On the 11th hour of
  • Columbus Day

    Five hundred twenty-two years ago, three ships changed the world forever. On October 12, 1492 an Italian adventurer sailing for Spain landed in the Bahamas and encountered groups of people who had been isolated from the rest of the world for thousands of years.  Though convinced he had discovered a shorter route to China and Japan, Christopher
  • The new Air Force Inspection System is here at Dyess!

    "Mission ready is inspection ready." Many of you have heard your 7th Bomb Wing Inspector General inspection team say this new phrase, but what does this really mean? It means that we should become adept at accomplishing our mission and stop worrying about preparing for the next inspection -- no more building continuity binders just before the Air
  • Hercules: Still going strong after 60 years

    Editor's Note: This article contains excerpts from the article, "C-130 Airlifter: The Most Successful Military Aircraft Ever," by Loren Thompson, Contributor, Forbes http://www.forbes.com/sites/lorenthompson/2014/08/04/c-130-airlifter-the-most-successful-military-aircraft-ever/This past week marked yet another milestone for the venerable C-130
  • Flourish Where You’re Planted

    You've probably heard that if you do good work every day no matter what your job is, eventually your efforts will be noticed and rewarded. What happens if you go above and beyond in every aspect of your career, both on the job and off? You may just find yourself with some incredible opportunities.Senior Airman David Clement has been an exemplary
  • Fitness and leadership

    In today's tough economic times, American citizens expect government officials to be wise stewards of their hard earned tax dollars. Americans hope their money will be used effectively and efficiently. They also expect a vigilant military that is in top shape, prepared to defend our nation's interests and the United States Constitution. Our country
  • What makes a great leader?

    What makes a great leader? There are many articles and thoughts out there about this subject. So what are some character traits for great leadership? A leader has to have the intelligence required to understand people on an emotional level. A leader has to have empathy. A leader has to understand what motivates and drives their people to accomplish
  • Know it when it counts

    For the three years I've been in the Air Force, I've experienced more training then anyone would like. I've always questioned why the Air Force insists we be branded with the same information during training over and over.Personally, I thought Self-Aid Buddy Care was one of the least useful to me. I understood the importance of being able to
  • We meet again

    Airmen from the 317th Airlift Group were recently reunited with another unit who shares little known history forged in combat over 70 years ago. While deployed to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, members of the 317th AG flew elements of the 503rd Infantry Regiment from their base in Italy to Eastern Europe as part of a NATO show of force during the
  • Why take an oath?

    When we enter the Air Force we take an oath. When we reenlist, or pin on a new rank (at the individual's discretion), we take an oath. Why do we take oaths? What is the importance of an oath, and why does it seem so important to the members of the military? This is a humble attempt to answer some of these questions and motivate the readers to think