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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

Once Again, Air Force Band Surprises and Delights

(3) Comments | Posted December 6, 2014 | 9:06 PM

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U.S. Air Force men and women fly and maintain some of the most sophisticated aircraft in the world. They do many other things and do them well.

One of them is playing beautiful music, and singing beautifully, as the U.S. Air Force Band...

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NORAD Goes Hi-Tech to Keep Track of Santa

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 11:31 PM

It could be my imagination, but it seems to me that the North American Aerospace Defense Command's NORAD begins preparations to track the "Santa Threat" earlier and earlier each year.

Not only that, but each year, our air and space defenders develop and use increasingly sophisticated sensors, tracking algorithms, models...

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Triumph in the Baja 1000 for the HeartGift Racing Team

(0) Comments | Posted November 29, 2014 | 10:44 PM

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This is the classic story of how not finishing first -- or second, or third -- or not even technically completing a racing event can still represent a triumph and be a touching story of true grit, determination and, above all,...

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'Sergeant' Hagel Steps Down

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 4:23 PM

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When announcing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's departure from the Pentagon, President Obama referred to Chuck Hagel's enlisted service.

"He's been in the dirt. He's been in the mud. And that has established a special bond. He sees himself in them. They see...

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Remember Benghazi?

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2014 | 11:20 PM

Remember the Benghazi tragedy?

Of course you do.

But do you remember the other tragedy?

The one where Republicans attempted to "turn the Benghazi tragedy into a political scandal."


The one where Republicans tried their darndest to discredit -- destroy is a better word --...

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The GOP on Immigration: Life Imitating Satire -- And Vice Versa

(4) Comments | Posted November 22, 2014 | 10:16 AM

On Thursday, New York Times best-selling author, Andy Borowitz, wrote:

In a sharp Republican rebuke to President Obama's proposed actions on immigration, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell accused the President... of "flagrantly treating immigrants like human beings, in clear defiance of the wishes of Congress."

Borowitz also said that...

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The New GOP Congress Americans Do Not 'Wish They Had'

(108) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 9:47 PM

The man who lost the last (presidential) election round and who goes around talk shows trying to pretend he did not, has some advice for the man who beat him in 2012.

Appearing on Sunday's CBS Face the Nation, failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney told Bob Schieffer, when asked...

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McConnell to Obama: You Have the Government You Have, Not the One You Wish You Had

(2) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 10:13 PM

According to The Huffington Post, incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is "very disturbed" by President Barack Obama's recent exercise of his executive powers, including the president's recent "deal" with China on climate change, his intentions to move forward on his own on immigration and his suggestion that "the...

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HeartGift Baja Racing Team Ready for 'Heartful Mission'

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 6:44 PM

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The moment of truth for the HeartGift Baja Racing Team is almost here.

The Team is already in Ensenada, Baja California, ready to cross the starting line of the grueling 1,130-mile, 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 race tomorrow, November...

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Helping Veterans at the Grassroots Level

(2) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 10:22 AM

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In his 2014 Veterans Day message, the president stressed that the responsibility to support and take care of our veterans "far exceeds the boundaries of government."

"It's a job for every American," he said. "We're all keepers of that...

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The Night the Wall Came Down

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 10:04 PM

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There are certain images to which one is an eyewitness -- images seen through one's own eyes or through the miracle of television -- that are seared into one's memory, forever. Of course 9-11, President Kennedy's assassination, the Challenger space shuttle disaster, "shock-and-awe,"...

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Slinking Out of Afghanistan? No Sir!

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 10:43 AM

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Our nation's longest war -- some call it the "good war," others say it is "Obama's war," the military named it "Operation Enduring Freedom" -- is finally coming to an end, or, as the Pentagon formally reports to Congress, we are "ending...

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The French American: A True Story

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 11:48 AM

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It is a story of idyllic young love in Nazi-occupied France, suddenly and heartbreakingly cut short -- but never abandoned or forgotten.

It is a story of bravery and patriotism.

It is a story of war, intrigue, "La Résistance," invasion and...

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Return to Sobibór

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 11:31 PM

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"Sobibór 'Himmelstrasse'," by Jacques Lahitte

It was many years ago when I first heard about a Nazi death camp named Sobibór, nestled deep in the forests of the Lublin district of South-Eastern Poland.

Sobibór was one of three Nazi extermination...

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Meet the Women Fighting the Islamic State

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 1:03 PM

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The history of women serving in armed conflicts probably goes back hundreds of years -- if not longer.

In the United States, during the American Revolution, women served on the battlefield as nurses, water bearers, laundresses and saboteurs.

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The Pearl Harbor Survivors Honor Flight

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 5:22 PM

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As our airmen, sailors, marines, soldiers and other military once again risk their lives on the ground in Iraq and in the skies and on the waters around Iraq and Syria, it is appropriate to remember those brave troops who died...

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Will the Neocons Eat French Fries Once Again?

(1) Comments | Posted September 21, 2014 | 10:38 PM

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To bolster its response to the ISIL threat, the U.S. has been steadily assembling an international coalition to degrade and eventually destroy the terrorist group.

The State Department says that "over 50 countries and organizations have already contributed in various capacities to...

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U.S. Military to Fight Ebola: 'What Does Victory Look Like?'

(5) Comments | Posted September 20, 2014 | 8:20 PM

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In an August 22 column on the Ebola crisis, I noted that the current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa -- "the worst in recorded history" -- had claimed 1,350 lives.


Less than a month later the...

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The 'Candy Bombers' of Iraq

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 8:15 PM

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So many horrific events have taken place recently in ISIL-dominated regions of Iraq that it is truly uplifting when an event occurs, no matter how minor or seemingly insignificant, that we can smile at and feel good about.

Of course, we have

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Wish of 104-Year-Old World War II Veteran Comes True

(4) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 9:36 AM

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A month ago, the oldest living female World War II veteran visited the White House and got a warm welcome from President Obama and Vice President Biden.

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Vice President Joe Biden greets Lucy Coffey in his...
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