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  • Becoming an MTI: What it takes

    After first transitioning from active duty to the Air Force Reserves, one former Marine turned transportation operator started to wonder if he had made a bad career move.  "[Bus driving] was boring to me," said Master Sgt. Carlos Recoder, a Reservist assigned to the 433rd Training Squadron at

  • The future of our nation is in your hands

       "Surprise, when it happens to a government, is likely to be a complicated, diffuse, bureaucratic thing. It includes neglect of responsibility, but also responsibility so poorly defined or so ambiguously delegated that action gets lost. It includes gaps in intelligence that, like a string of

  • With a little help from my friends … my wingmen

    "When the world turns its back on you, you turn your back on the world," according to Timmon in "The Lion King." Not in my Air Force.     To say I've had a difficult year would be, by a stretch of the definition, an understatement. This is my personal life, my life outside the uniform, a separate

  • One task among many

       The task is one of many here for the 149th Civil Engineer Squadron.    Tech. Sgt. Michael Meras slides the two by six-inch boards into place, aligns a straight edge and with a pencil scores the boards where they will be cut.    "I'm mostly eye-balling it," he says, answering my unasked question.

  • Armenian institute commander: Humanity key to relations

       (Author's note: This interview was conducted informally through an interpreter.)    Col. Daniel Balayan, commander of the Military Aviation Institute here, greeted his two public affairs visitors cordially and gestured for them to sit down at a narrow table that formed a "T" with his desk. The

  • Mustangs offer ride into past

    A small group of men stood together in the morning sun near the Kelly Field runway, scanning the clear sky for two fighter aircraft. Soon they could see two P-51 Mustangs approaching the field, the distinct hum of their Merlin engines announcing their approach. Their colorful markings identified