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USAF Investigation of UFO Over Travis Air Force Base Among Unidentified

Alejandro Rojas | Posted 01.23.2015 | Weird News
Alejandro Rojas

I recently wrote about the United States Air Force's files regarding their investigation of UFOs, Project Blue Book, and how they have become more accessible. The news regarding these files has become a big national story, albeit much of the coverage has been inaccurate.

Can the F-35 Be Stopped?

William Hartung | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

At a price tag of $1.5 trillion to build and operate over its lifetime, the F-35 combat aircraft is the most expensive weapons program ever undertaken by the Pentagon. It is overpriced, underperforming and unnecessary.

Outta My Way

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 01.12.2015 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

ignored the wheelchair for weeks. I wanted nothing to do with it. It was a reminder that I am no longer an active, agile young woman accustomed to flitting hither and yon under my own steam. To acknowledge and accept it meant I was officially ancient and disabled.

Lynne Peeples

Veterans Who Flew Agent Orange-Poisoned Planes After Vietnam Now 'A Giant Step Closer To Justice'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 01.09.2015 | Green

Lingering amounts of the herbicide Agent Orange aboard repurposed airplanes after the Vietnam War could have sickened military veterans, according to ...

No, U.S. Air Force Band, That Song You're Singing Is Not 'Greensleeves'

Chris Rodda | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Chris Rodda

For the second year in a row, the U.S. Air Force band has surprised a crowd with a "holiday flash mob," wowing an unsuspecting audience with over 100 Air Force Band instrumentalists and vocalists appearing out of nowhere and performing the most overtly religious "holiday" music possible.

Share a Table With a Military Family This Holiday Season

Janine Boldrin | Posted 01.24.2015 | Impact
Janine Boldrin

Several duty stations ago, I volunteered at a soup kitchen. Because we were there to deliver toiletries and clothing, we had the chance to sit with the people who were there to be served.

Climate Change This Week: Lightning Increasing, Solar Cloth, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 01.24.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Stephen Colbert takes the Polar Plunge here, highlighting the dim lights who don't ...

The New Face of Our Military's Energy Security

Michael Wu | Posted 01.19.2015 | Green
Michael Wu

Last week, the Air Force unveiled its latest technological innovation. With a fleet of Nissan Leafs, Ford F-series trucks, and other vehicles, the Air Force took an important step that may eventually revolutionize how we think about the cars we drive and the way we keep the lights on.

Air Force Working To Open Last Jobs To Women

AP | AUDREY McAVOY | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (AP) — The Air Force's top boss said Monday she hopes to make all jobs in the service open to qualified women...

Chuck Hagel To Order Nuke Force Overhaul To Fix Failures

AP | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has concluded that problems in the nation's nuclear forces are rooted in a lack of investment, inatt...

I Am an American Teacher. I Am an American Soldier.

JD Wilson | Posted 01.11.2015 | Education
JD Wilson

As I approach my final week as a member of the inactive reserve, and my third year of teaching fifth grade, I find myself reflecting back on what my job was like in the service to what it's like now in education. While the daily responsibilities of the jobs differ drastically, the principles, beliefs and attitudes are curiously similar.

Two Air Force Commanders Fired, Another Disciplined

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force on Monday fired two more nuclear commanders and disciplined a third, fresh evidence of leadership lapses in a nuclea...

US Air Force: God Has Already Decided Which DoD Contractors Will Get Contracts

Chris Rodda | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
Chris Rodda

Well, it seems that when it comes to who will be awarded defense contracts, the Air Force has a message for potential bidders -- God has already decid...

New U.S. Motto: We Lead. That's How We Roll.

RB Bronson | Posted 12.02.2014 | Fifty
RB Bronson

If you're at least 50 years old, it's hard hearing the news of our ever-growing involvement in the Middle East effort (Effort? Hell, let's call it what it is: a war.) to defeat ISIS, and not experience a very uncomfortable sense of déjà vu.

Give War A Chance?

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While American politicians snipe at each other to try to find partisan advantages to use in the upcoming midterm elections, the hard questions are going unasked.

Friday Talking Points -- Congress Briefly Interrupts 3-Month Vacation to 'Work'

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Congress followed up their recent five-week vacation with almost two whole weeks of actually doing their jobs, so to reward themselves they're now going to take off on another vacation. Until mid-November.

Air Force Will No Longer Require 'So Help Me God' In Enlistment Oaths

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

Airmen who enlist or reenlist in the United States Air Force will no longer have to say the phrase “so help me God” as part of a required oath, th...

Lowering Sexual Assault on College Campuses and in the Military Starts in Elementary School

Mike Domitrz | Posted 11.16.2014 | Education
Mike Domitrz

If we really want to reduce sexual assault in the military and on college campuses, the lessons of respect, consent and bystander intervention need to be instilled in elementary education through high school.

Washington State Rabbi Becomes U.S. Air Force Chaplain With Beard Intact

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.12.2014 | Religion

A Washington state rabbi didn’t have to split hairs when it came to joining the U.S. Air Force -- he came on board with his beard intact. Rabbi E...

Today's Air Force Would Have Rejected Pat Tillman and Jesus?

Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq. | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq.

Why should our brave service members be asked to sacrifice and destroy their pride, integrity, honor and character and waive their basic Constitutional freedom to choose their god or not?

College, Combat and Community Service: How 9/11 Changed My Life

Jacob Wood | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact
Jacob Wood

In 2014, I find myself on a new journey at Team Rubicon, still influenced by 9/11. I find myself surrounded by men and women that embrace the notions of courage, resilience, citizenship and commitment. These men and women did not stop serving when they took off the uniform.

A Reluctant Warrior

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama is trying to walk a very fine line between doing nothing and all-out war. He will be counting on others to do the ground fighting, which may depend on how much support America gets from regional allies. The end game of this limited warfare is going to be hard to see, however.

The Military Uniform: From Privilege To Prop

Mark Carpowich | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Mark Carpowich

For today's troops, finding ways to cash in on the uniform isn't just a job, it's an adventure. Perhaps the only thing more surprising than the boldness with which abuse is routinely carried out is the fact that no one seems to mind, including the taxpayers footing the bill for the grift.

The Path of Our Lives

Steve Blank | Posted 09.07.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

For entrepreneurs the key to living this one to the fullest is the understanding that you can choose -- that you do have a choice to effect the journey and change the rules, that you can decide to give it your best shot to do something, something extraordinary.

U.S. Nuclear Missile System Is Really Old

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AP) — The Air Force asserts with pride that the nation's nuclear missile system, more than 40 years old and designed dur...