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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

The French American: A True Story

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 10:48 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 | 10:31 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 | 12:03 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 | 4:22 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 | 9:38 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 | 7:20 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 | 7:15 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 | 8:36 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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Racing in the 'Baja 1000' to Heal Young Hearts

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 3:48 PM

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Every year, scores of adventurous men and women compete in one of the most grueling racing events, the SCORE Baja 1000. This year's 1,130-mile race -- the 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 -- will take place November 12 through 16. It...

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Lady Bird Johnson's Letters Affirm Passion for Nature

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 4:07 PM

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Living in Austin, Texas, less than two miles -- as the crow flies -- from the beautiful Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and having frequently jogged in my younger and fitter days on the scenic Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail, I felt...

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High Praise for Robin Williams

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 1:07 PM

So much has already been said here and elsewhere mourning the death of Robin Williams and celebrating his incredible talents and humanity, that I will not even try to add to it, except to say that, as retired military, I tremendously appreciate all he did for our troops and that...

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Motorcycle Riding 'Angels of Help'

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 2:56 PM

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Next time you see, and hear, a bunch of burley guys, sporting black leather jackets blazoned with all kinds of intriguing patches, roaring down your quiet street on their Harley- Davidson "hogs," don't be nervous.

These fearsome looking men could be...

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A 'Humane King's' Words Resonate Twenty Years Later

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 1:15 PM

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I have always liked and admired the late King Hussein of Jordan.

In my opinion, he was a kind, wise leader -- a haven of peace, reason and steadfastness in the always-troubled Middle East.

Thus I was not surprised to find very similar...

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Tonight We Are All Dutch

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 8:21 AM

The achievements of the Dutch people and the tragedies they have suffered have, at times, been disproportionate to the small population and the tiny size of this remarkable nation.

Back in the 16th and 17th centuries, "tiny Holland" -- the "Northern Low Countries" with less than 2 million people --...

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Dutch 'Zwarte Piet': Innocent Holiday Tradition or Inadvertent Racism?

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 6:37 PM

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When I was a little kid ("little" being ages 10 through 17), I lived in the Netherlands Antilles and in the Netherlands. That was back in the '50s.

I remember Zwarte Piet, or "Black Pete," well.

I remember them (sometimes there...

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Veterans of Foreign Wars: 'Doing Good Things'

(0) Comments | Posted July 4, 2014 | 10:11 AM

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On previous Independence Days I have expressed my thoughts and feelings about the day's significance and meaning in different ways.

The thoughts and feelings that are most consistently expressed on this celebration of our nation's independence are freedom, justice, love of country --...

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World Cup 2014: Team USA, You Did Great. Tim Howard, You Were Awesome!

(1) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 9:54 AM

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President Barack Obama and staff watch the U.S. soccer team vs Belgium in World Cup action in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building South Court Auditorium, July 1, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Well, Team USA came a long way,...

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World Cup 2014: If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 11:01 AM

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The last time the United States played Belgium was in a friendly match last year when Belgium beat the U.S. 4-2.

Since then, Team USA has come a long way and will be facing "now-dangerous" Belgium Tuesday, this time in a World...

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Conservative Rage at Soccer and World Cup Is Nothing New

(90) Comments | Posted June 28, 2014 | 8:30 PM

Many Americans were incredulous to hear Fox News' resident expert on psychiatry -- and on conspiracy theory -- Dr. Keith Ablow claim that President Obama is using the World Cup to distract Americans at "a time when there are so many national and international issues of such prominence."

But...

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North Korea Threatens 'Resolute and Merciless Response,' Even 'All Out War'

(71) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 1:50 PM

North Korea is threatening a "resolute and merciless" response against the United States, labeling it "reckless US provocative insanity" and saying it will consider it an "act of war."

Moreover, a statement attributed by North Korea's official news agency KCNA to an unidentified foreign ministry spokesman calls it "a...

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