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Dorian de Wind
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 New GOP Congress Americans Do Not 'Wish They Had'

(106) 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


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


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


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


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


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

"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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

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 | 4:48 PM


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 | 5:07 PM


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 | 2:07 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 | 3:56 PM


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 | 2:15 PM


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 | 9:21 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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