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    Basic trainees are watched by a military training instructor as they pass over an algae-filled water obstacle on a cable and rope bridge. 'We can't lose sight of the fact that the overwhelming majority of our MTI corps ... give fully of themselves, their families sacrifice, and they train our newest airmen hard,' writes Chief Master Sgt. Gerardo Tapia. Michael Tolzmann/Air Force

    Today's MTIs, through the eyes of an old airman

    I normally don't jump into the fray of Internet social commentary, but as Air Education and Training Command's senior enlisted airman, I felt compelled after seeing many readers' comments stemming from a March 31 news article on the court-martial of a for

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    Staff Sgt. Aaron Driver with his wife, Jennifer. Courtesy of STAFF Sgt. Aaron Driver

    Letter: Why I won't re-enlist

    Tired of waiting for deployments to slow down and other hardships of military life, Staff Sgt.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry Spencer writes: 'I expect every airman to be committed to a culture of dignity and respect.' Thomas Brown

    Commentary: Every airman has role in preventing sex assaults

    Every April the Air Force recognizes Sexual Assault Prevention and Response month, using it as an opportunity to renew our commitment to treating each other with dignity and respect.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
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    Hayden on pay and benefits reform: Repeat mistakes, break the force

    The goal of the Military Officers Association of America is to promote the common defense by sustaining a strong all-volunteer force and ensure our nation keeps its reciprocal commitments to current and previous generations of career troops and families.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
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    Korb on pay and benefits reform: Inaction carries heavy cost

    I am proud to be one of the 23 million living American men and women who have earned the title of veteran by serving our country in the nation's armed forces.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
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    Sara Zak, a retired Navy commander, writes: 'Some women are insulted by Mustache March and anything else that ignores or disrespects the struggles, sacrifices, contributions and accomplishments that give us the right to call ourselves warriors and declare, 'This is OUR Air Force, too.'' Courtesy photo

    Opinion: A setback for AF's strong women

    As Sexual Assault Awareness Month starts up, Women's History Month winds down and March mustaches get shaved off. These three events are connected by the intangible thread of military culture.

    • Apr. 2, 2014
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    Maj. Deirdre Gurry writes: 'We don't need to point out the ways that women differ from men. ... Instead we need to recognize that we are all in this together.' Photo courtesy of Maj. Deirdre Gurry

    Opinion: One fighting team, mustached or not

    Want to hear something shocking? Our squadron had a mustache- judging contest, and everyone enjoyed themselves! I know that is impossible to believe with all the news about how offensive Mustache March was to women.

    • Apr. 1, 2014
  1. Opinion: Don't let VRAP grind to a halt

    On Monday, the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program, a benefit that provides unemployed veterans ages 35 to 60 with 12 months of Montgomery GI Bill education benefits, is set to expire — possibly leaving a number of veterans seeking careers in high-dema

    • Mar. 31, 2014
  2. The creators of 'Enlisted' have demonstrated a sincere effort to normalize America's view of troops. Fox

    EDITORIAL: Army Times calls on Fox to give 'Enlisted' better time slot

    The Fox network's new military comedy, 'Enlisted,' appears to have hit its stride, but stagnant ratings after the show's disappointing pilot episode threaten to torpedo its chances of being picked up for a second season.

    • Mar. 21, 2014
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    Opinion: Educational equality for military families is worth fighting for

    As a nation, we must regularly ask if we are satisfying our commitment to the men and women of America's armed forces. Frequent debate revolves around military pay, housing and medical attention.

    • Mar. 19, 2014
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    Then-1st Lt. Jennifer Holmes met retired Brig. Gen. Robin Olds in 2005. Courtesy Maj. Jennifer Holmes

    Opinion: In Mustache March, I lose

    One way to build camaraderie is to have a friendly competition. I, like everyone else, love a good, spirited competition. But I am not invited to be a part of the latest team-building game, Mustache March.

    • Mar. 18, 2014
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    Opinion: Critical success factors for online education

    Active-duty service members and veterans tend to be nontraditional students — more likely to be married, have children, and to hold down a job while going to school.

    • Mar. 18, 2014
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    Editorial: Get nuclear house in order

    The Air Force, charged with protecting the nation's supply of nuclear missiles, has suffered one embarrassment after the next since a B-52 flew across the country loaded with six nuclear warheads in 2007.

    • Jan. 21, 2014
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    Op-Ed: Morale is high in nuclear force

    The article concerning trouble in the intercontinental ballistic missile community [''Burnout' in the nuclear force,' Dec. 2] mischaracterizes the atmosphere within the community as one of malaise and '

    • Jan. 11, 2014
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    Editorial: COLA rollbacks break promises

    Lawmakers are predictably — and appropriately — backtracking on a small but explosive provision in the recent budget deal that would roll back annual increases to military pension payments for working-age retirees.

    • Dec. 20, 2013
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    Lawrence Korb, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, says Lt. Gen. Susan Helms is qualified for the next Joint Chiefs of Staff opening. Jamie Rose/Getty Images

    Op-Ed: Helms should be considered for next JCS opening

    The seven officers on the Joint Chiefs of Staff have different backgrounds and experiences, but they have one thing in common: they are all men. Even though women make up 16 percent of the armed forces, no woman has ever been appointed to the JCS.

    • Dec. 17, 2013
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    Roger Alan Brady, a former United States Air Force four-star general

    Op-Ed: Keep commander authority

    On Nov. 13, a jury in Virginia returned a verdict of not guilty in a widely reported case alleging sexual assault.

    • Dec. 11, 2013
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    Editorial: Contractor cash flow

    U.S. citizens, especially those with loved ones in uniform, would be red with anger if they learned their tax dollars are helping to support terrorists in Afghanistan who are out to kill their sons, daughters and spouses.

    • Nov. 19, 2013
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    Dorr: Senate to blame in loss of Helms

    Lt. Gen. Susan Helms' request to retire means a loss to everyone in the Air Force.

    • Nov. 19, 2013
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    Editorial: Protect all Americans

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has angered major veterans' groups by refusing to embrace an offer from Congress to provide advance two-year funding of the entire VA budget as protection in the event of another government shutdown.

    • Nov. 19, 2013
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    Dorr: About those dumb questions

    This actually happened. In a hotel lobby, I watched a woman walk up to an Air Force colonel and ask directions to the elevator.

    • Nov. 13, 2013
  3. Michelle Obama, Jill Biden: 'Joining Forces' with you on Veterans Day

    Over the past five years, the two of us have had the privilege of traveling across America and around the world to visit with our extraordinary troops, veterans and military families — and time and again, we have been awed by your service and sacrifice.

    • Nov. 11, 2013
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    Editorial: DoD needs shutdown plan

    The budget debacle that paralyzed Washington for weeks is over — for now.

    • Oct. 27, 2013
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    Editorial: A victory for victims

    Ciera Bridges' career was all but over. She had reported through her chain of command that three enlisted airmen senior to her had sexually harassed her. One allegedly assaulted her.

    • Oct. 16, 2013
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    Editorial: VA right to keep ads on air

    During a government shutdown, when active-duty troops were forced to wonder whether they would receive their paychecks and death gratuities for the families of fallen troops were interrupted, it's natural that every remaining dime the government spends wo

    • Oct. 16, 2013
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