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Dorian de Wind
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Dorian de Wind is a retired U.S. Air Force Officer and former aerospace/defense executive. Dorian contributes opinion, travel and personal experience articles to several newspapers and blogs.

A native of Ecuador, Dorian was educated in The Netherlands and in the U.S. (Texas A&M, University, Math/Physics, Summa Cum Laude; Univ. of Southern Mississippi, MS Telecommunications; doctoral work in Computer Science at the University of Oklahoma). His proudest awards and achievementa are the Freedoms Foundation George Washington Honor Medal and having been responsible for the reception, welfare and resettlement of over 400 South Vietnamese refugees at the end of the Vietnam War. He has resided and worked extensively abroad and now lives in Austin, Texas.

Entries by Dorian de Wind

As the 70th Anniversary of D-Day Approaches, a Grateful Ally Remembers

(2) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 4:09 PM

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While, politically, Franco-American relations have seen their ups and downs, the historical and cultural ties that bind the French and the American people are deep, solid and lasting -- congressional "freedom fries" and other silliness notwithstanding.

Recently, relations between France...

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The Holocaust: The Dutch Remember

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 6:59 PM

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Dutch Jews suffered immensely and disproportionately so under the Nazis in World War II.

Out of 140,000 Jews living in the Netherlands at the outbreak of the war, some 107,000 Jews were deported to death camps such as Auschwitz-Birkenau, Bergen-Belsen, Dachau,...

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If She Steals Your Heart, Please Help Heal Her Heart

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 3:33 PM

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They come from all corners of the world.

At age 13, Kelly came from Nicaragua.

Three-year-old Frances came from Nigeria.

One young boy, Wahab, came from war-ravaged Iraq in 2008.

Five-year-old Wessale came from the Atlas Mountains in...

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FedEx: The Man, the Company, the Motto

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 8:05 PM

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When all the news is doom and gloom, as it is these days with respect to Ukraine, Venezuela, Syria and so many other places and faces, it does the heart good to read what I call a "good all-American success story."

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In Memory of a Man With a Big Heart

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 3:22 PM

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He lived for almost 59 years with his first heart, for nine years with the second one and for a full 15 years with his third heart.

But each heart was a Big Heart and with each heart Richard ("Dick") A....

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Venezuela 'Unraveling?'

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 3:29 PM

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Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López saying goodbye to his wife, Lilian Tintori de López, prior to his arrest yesterday in Caracas. (Photo courtesy dolartoday.com)


The title of a Washington Post editorial this morning reads, "Venezuela's...

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The 'Lowlanders' Flying High in Sochi

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 10:54 PM

When my family moved to the cold-in-the-winter Netherlands from a hot-all-the-time, Caribbean Curacao, I was 14 and too old to ever become half as good an ice skater as the average six-year-old Dutch kid.

But in a country with an intricate network of almost 1,000 canals and thousands...

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Euthanasia for Young Children?

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 12:05 PM

The issue of euthanasia is extremely delicate, sensitive, subjective -- and controversial.

There are so many moral, religious, ethical, medical, emotional and legal aspects associated and entangled with it that one is certainly well advised to tread lightly and wisely when and if venturing into a discussion dealing with...

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Afghan Taliban Capture Coalition Military Dog

(2) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 9:57 AM

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I love dogs and I love to write about dogs -- as so many others do.

Whether the stories are about military working dogs, or therapy dogs, or rescue or drug-sniffing dogs, those pieces become some of the most...

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Super Bowl XLVIII: Patrols, Pageantry and Patriotism

(1) Comments | Posted February 1, 2014 | 5:26 PM

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As in all recent Super Bowls, the U.S. military will be an important part of Super Bowl 48, not only in helping with security -- both in the air and on the ground -- but also by contributing to the ceremony...

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SOTU Address: A Speech and an Evening That 'Belonged to the Purple Heart Recipient in the First Lady's Box'

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 12:20 PM

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Even before the president started to deliver the State of the Union (SOTU) address, many had watched the uniformed soldier slowly and carefully make his way down the steps of the House gallery to take his seat in the front row, next to...

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The 'Cape Ray' Is Ready. But, Are the Syrians Ready and Willing?

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 8:08 PM

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In the State of the Union Address tonight, the President said, "American diplomacy backed by the threat of force is why Syria's chemical weapons are being eliminated."

Well not quite. The deadly chemicals are -- albeit ever so slowly -- being shipped out...

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2014

(9) Comments | Posted January 26, 2014 | 7:35 PM

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Monday is International Holocaust Remembrance Day (in the U.K., Holocaust Memorial Day).

The World War II generation of the de Wind family was immensely and disproportionately affected by the Holocaust.

On the occasion of this solemn day, I want...

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How One Ohio Family Came to Love Obamacare

(3) Comments | Posted January 19, 2014 | 6:57 PM

I have read so many horror stories about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that when I read the story of how a skeptical Ohio family found plenty to like in the ACA, I had to assume that TIME Magazine was lying, that Steven Brill -- the author -- was lying,...

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Promise Zones, Economic Freedom Zones and a Kid from Harlem

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2014 | 7:39 AM

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There was a period of time in my life where I was goofing off. I was raised by a single mom. I didn't know my dad. The only difference between me and Roger was my environment was more forgiving than his....

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A Second Look at Our Young Military Days

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 6:30 PM

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It is January 1960, the middle of the Cold War and what seems to be the middle of the even colder North Atlantic Ocean.

A 19-year-old crew member aboard a sleek EC-121D Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) "Warning Star" Super...

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Air Force Thunderbirds: The Sound of Freedom

(2) Comments | Posted January 1, 2014 | 8:14 PM

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Early this morning, New Year's Day, my son, who lives in Southern California, 'Facebooked' me a photo of contrails made by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds on their way to the 125th Rose Parade and mentioned the roar they made.

I 'Facebooked'...

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Our Overseas Military: Yet Another Blue Christmas

(0) Comments | Posted December 24, 2013 | 11:17 AM

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Every Christmas for the past six or seven years and from the warmth and comfort of my home, I have -- via letters to the editor or in articles here and elsewhere -- tried to convey a heartfelt message to our...

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A Crime Victims' Christmas Angel

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2013 | 3:45 PM

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Every town and city across America has its unsung heroes who perform exemplary community service. This is the story of one such citizen whose selfless, unwavering dedication and hard work have immeasurably helped thousands of victims of violent crime across the...

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NORAD on Track to Track and Escort Santa

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 12:21 PM

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For almost 60 years, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa's flight.

The story goes that, in 1955, a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement for children to...

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