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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 09.11.2014 | 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 09.10.2014 | 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 09.10.2014 | 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 09.02.2014 | 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...

The Middle East and How We Got There, Part One

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

President Jimmy Carter soothed some of the Egyptian concerns by arranging the Sadat-Begin Treaty, which restored the Sinai to Egyptian control. But then he failed to interfere with the return of the Ayatollah to Iran, an error by which we are still victimized.

Iraq's Air Force

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Where is the Iraqi Air Force? What does the Iraqi Air Force consist of? How many attack helicopters and attack fighters does it have in flyable condition? Most importantly, how many trained pilots does it have who can fly combat missions?

Majestic 12: Is This Legendary UFO Conspiracy U.S. Air Force Disinformation? (VIDEO)

Alejandro Rojas | Posted 08.04.2014 | Weird News
Alejandro Rojas

Majestic 12 is the name of an alleged organization created by President Truman to manage UFO and extraterrestrial investigations and maintaining strict secrecy in these areas. Many believe they have gone so far as to kill to keep secrets regarding interactions with the U.S. government and extraterrestrial civilizations.

Defending Our Shores

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 07.25.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Each May, we celebrate Memorial Day, remembering the men and women who have fought to defend our shores throughout the history of our country. Women f...

'Father Of G.I. Joe' Dies

AP | Posted 07.24.2014 | Business

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Donald Levine, the Hasbro executive credited as the father of G.I. Joe for developing the world's first action figure, has d...

Remembering Our Fallen Heroes in the Rise of Our Future Heroes This Memorial Day

Harry Croft, M.D | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Harry Croft, M.D

Let us never forget those who paid the ultimate price, while showing our appreciation, support and respect to those who continue to serve. Perhaps the best way to honor the fallen and injured is to continue their legacy in our future heroes.

Consider Donating Your War Letters for Memorial Day

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Megan Smolenyak

letter to Dad in Vietnam As Memorial Day approaches, our thoughts naturally turn to those who have served in the military over the years and generat...

Ex-Air Force Law Enforcement Agent Says He Hoaxed Major UFO Mythologies

Alejandro Rojas | Posted 07.13.2014 | Weird News
Alejandro Rojas

Richard Doty claims that while he was a special agent for the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations, he was tasked with hoaxing documents and feeding false information to UFO researchers. The Air Force refuses to comment on whether they knew of his activities and whether his claims of partaking in this activity at the behest of his superiors is accurate.

A Thank You Note To Military Communities

Janine Boldrin | Posted 07.13.2014 | Impact
Janine Boldrin

You weren't in the military but you knew of "us" because you lived in military towns. Or maybe you were military and remembered what it was like. Many of you never "served" but just knew we needed a warm hello.

Military Makes Some Progress In Preventing Suicide

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Suicides among Army National Guard and Reserve members increased last year, even as the number of active-duty troops across the mi...

Translations of 31 Military Expressions You Heard From the Veteran at Work

Chad Pollitt | Posted 06.14.2014 | Business
Chad Pollitt

Most of the time, it's likely that the slang you hear has a positive connotation, but not always. It's useful to know whether you're receiving praise or a poke. You might even be able to surprise your veteran co-workers by dropping some military jargon of your own.

Fired Nuclear Commander Will Retire At Lower Rank After Alcohol-Filled Russia Trip

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The two-star Air Force general fired last fall as commander of the nuclear missile corps because of alcohol-fueled misbehavior wil...

4 Nuclear Missile Launch Officers At Center Of Cheating Scandal: Officials

AP | By ROBERT BURNS | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A basic contradiction lies at the root of an exam-cheating scandal that decimated the ranks of an Air Force nuclear missile group,...

Air Force Fires Nuclear Commanders Involved In Cheating Scandal

AP | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics

BY ROBERT BURNS, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force fired nine mid-level nuclear commanders Thursday and will discipline dozens...

MH 370 Reminds of US Vulnerabilities in Space

Bharath Gopalaswamy | Posted 05.24.2014 | Science
Bharath Gopalaswamy

The United States should counter aggression in space asymmetrically, by using their comparative advantages in two key sectors. This combination would increase deterrence effectiveness by removing perpetrator ambiguity while increasing the freedom of action for the US in outer space.

Air Force Sergeant Gets Prison In Child-Sex Case

AP | BEN NEARY | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — An Air Force sergeant faces 25 years in military prison after pleading guilty to charges he sexually molested girls in Germany...

General Misconduct

Rep. Jackie Speier | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics
Rep. Jackie Speier

"Cheater," "bribe taker," "skirt chaser" and "drunk" should not be the first words that come to mind when you think of the U.S. military. But a series of scandals involving the military's top brass have brought to light a bizarre and seemingly unethical culture.

Defense Secretary Plans To Shrink Army To Pre-WWII Level

The New York Times | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to shrink the United States Army to its smallest force since before the World War II buildup and el...