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Yes, Somebody's Boots on the Ground Will Be Needed

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

As the president outlined on September 10, an instrumental component of the anti-ISIL counterterrorism policy is the train-and-advisery mission that the U.S. and its Arab partners will set up in Saudi Arabia for the moderate Syrians.

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...

ISIS Crisis: Is Obama About to Reverse One of His Worst Decisions?

William Bradley | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

President Barack Obama is at last signaling that he may be ready to reverse one of his most foolish and perplexing stances. That is his refusal to strike against ISIS in Syria because it would aid the Assad regime in continuing to exist.

American Plane Crossed Into Sweden To Evade Russian Fighters

The New York Times | MICHAEL R. GORDON | Posted 08.03.2014 | World

WASHINGTON — In an encounter reminiscent of the Cold War, an American reconnaissance plane crossed into Swedish airspace last month as it sought to ...

My Daddy Wears a Uniform

BJ Gallagher | Posted 08.13.2014 | Fifty
BJ Gallagher

My daddy wears a uniform./I think he's very brave./ He goes to work each day/ to keep all the people safe.

The Last Lie of an Air Force Academy Cadet

Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq. | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq.

The oath of office is well-known and traces its heritage to Washington's oath written for the Continental Army. Unlike Washington's oath, however, this oath contains four final words: "So Help Me God."

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...

Bad Ass American Women at War`

Erin Lindsay McCabe | Posted 05.18.2014 | Women
Erin Lindsay McCabe

This Women's History Month, it's worth remembering that women have served in the United States military since its very inception -- and in nearly every conflict thereafter.

Space Debris Demands a Global Approach

Matt Desch | Posted 05.01.2014 | Technology
Matt Desch

While there is still more ground to cover, if we work together as a global industry, these immediate steps can help ensure a dramatic movie plot does not become our stark reality.

Military Core Values: They Don't Exist

Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff

Military personnel must understand values all Americans share, but recognize how their responsibilities change with their oath. Every military initiative in the area of morals and ethics must be grounded in the core values that flow from that oath.

Super Bowl XLVIII: Patrols, Pageantry and Patriotism

Dorian de Wind | Posted 04.03.2014 | Sports
Dorian de Wind

As in all recent Super Bowls, the U.S. military will be an important part of Super Bowl 48, not only in helping with security -- both in the air and on the ground -- but also by contributing to the ceremony and spectacle of the game.

Britain Investigates US Air Force Helicopter Crash

AP | DANICA KIRKA | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

LONDON (AP) — Authorities in England cordoned off flooded marshes Wednesday to investigate the crash of a military helicopter that killed four U.S. ...

A Second Look at Our Young Military Days

Dorian de Wind | Posted 03.08.2014 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

Now in my 70s, I also look back on my youthful, carefree days aboard those beautiful EC-121s in a different light and I get a lump in my throat when I think of Sergeant Thibodeau and of all those magnificent young men who made the ultimate sacrifice in those flying machines.

Are New Nuclear Weapons Affordable?

Joe Cirincione | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

The astronomical funding required to replicate our Cold War arsenal does not square with the security threats in today's world. Nor will our conventional forces be able to withstand the cuts necessitated by the price burden of these nuclear delivery systems.

Fired General Engaged In 'Inappropriate' Drunken Behavior In Russia

AP | Posted 12.19.2013 | Politics

BY ROBERT BURNS, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigators say the Air Force general fired in October as commander of the U.S. land-ba...

U.S. Military Drops Christmas Cheer Over Remote Islands

Posted 12.09.2013 | Good News

This week, hundreds of pallets of toys and holiday decorations will gently drift like snowflakes over some of the most remote Micronesian islands. ...

U.S. Air Force Band Surprises Museum Goers With A Holiday Music Flash Mob

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 12.10.2013 | Arts

Visitors at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC might have been expecting to see airplanes or space shuttles, but were su...

An Early Thanksgiving Message

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.24.2014 | Good News
Dorian de Wind

Wherever you are, there are plenty of lonely soldiers, sailors and airmen who would love to spend a few hours with you and your family sharing not only a home-cooked meal, but also enjoying the warmth, amity and, yes, the bitter-sweet memories of home, that such an occasion will bring.

Air Force To Increase Screening For Nuclear Command Candidates

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force's top general says that future candidates for nuclear command position will be screened more rigorously as a result ...

World War II Reunions Poignant For Dwindling Veterans

AP | DAN SEWELL | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics

DAYTON, Ohio -- DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Paul Young rarely talked about his service during World War II — about the B-25 bomber he piloted, about his 5...

I'm Sort of Agreeing With the Air Force on Reputation Management

John P. David | Posted 12.03.2013 | Business
John P. David

Recently, I took a look at the U.S. Air Force's policy toward responding to web postings. The document has been floating around for a while and has been widely cited by online reputation management consultants. I mainly agree with the assessment with a few exceptions.

Kate Sheppard

U.S. Naval Academy Feels The Pinch From The Government Shutdown

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While the military is largely protected from the furloughs that have put 800,000 government employees out of work, civilian faculty and ...

We Are The Narrators of Our Own History: A Call for Student Veterans to Take Charge of Their Futures

Kiersten Downs | Posted 11.30.2013 | College
Kiersten Downs

Today's student veterans are at a critical point in American history. We have the opportunity to significantly influence the public discussion about the future of veterans in our country, but we also have to seize this opportunity to create change.

Why I Banned a Book -- Part II

Scott DiMarco | Posted 11.25.2013 | Books
Scott DiMarco

After I wrote about the experiences of our lesson of the damaging effects of Banning a Book at Mansfield University during last year's Banned Book week, I was very encouraged that the fight against censorship and banning books was going in the right direction.

'Final Flights'

Dorian de Wind | Posted 10.12.2013 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

When I wrote about two World War II heroes a couple of years ago, I mentioned that America was losing approximately 1,000 World War II Veterans eac...