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    A C-27 Spartan transport fixed wing aircraft arrives at the Afghan Air Force base in Kabul, Afghanistan on in 2010. Sixteen of Afghanistan's fleet of 20 C-27s -- known as G222s -- has been scrapped. MC2 David Quillen / Navy

    Editorial: Who's kidding whom?

    The next time you hear a four-star whine to Congress about how military pay and benefits are wreaking havoc on the defense budget and must be rolled back, think about this item buried deep in the news mix last week:

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, says she is 'thrilled' that the Defense Department has proposed commonsense changes to the Military Lending Act that will protect service members and their families from predatory lenders. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    Commentary: Breaking the cycle of debt for troops, families

    The spouse of a member of the Illinois National Guard took out a loan of $2,575 in Illinois. Due to triple-digit interest rates, the family spent more than $8,000 to repay the loan.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    Editorial: Realistic expectations

    One week after the Air Force reluctantly acknowledged a mix-up that led 1,000 airmen to believe they were eligible for benefits that they really weren't due, the service posted a memo saying officials were 'actively working to identify any inconsistencies

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    Editorial: A costly health care mistake

    Mental health experts rank career change, relocating and change in financial status among the biggest stresses in life. Airmen who are walking away from an Air Force career must endure these, and more, all at once.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
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    Editorial: A new fast food dilemma

    A long-overdue hike in the federal minimum wage should be nothing but good news.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
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    Editorial: Let's chill on the latte salute silliness

    The U.S. was firing missiles on Syria, soldiers were preparing to deploy to Iraq — and folks on the home front were arguing over President's Obama's 'Latte Salute.'

    • Sep. 27, 2014
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    Members of the Air Force Band perform a concert Sept. 12 commemorating the Air Force's 67th anniversary at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va. The Air Force was formed as a separate branch of service Sept. 18, 1947, as part of the National Security Act of 1947. Scott M. Ash / Air Force

    James: 'Enduring spirit and unmatched dedication' prevail as Air Force turns 67

    On this date in 1947, Stuart Symington had the honor of becoming the first Secretary of the Air Force. Nine months ago, I had the honor of becoming the 23rd Secretary of the Air Force.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
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    Chief Master Sergeant Charles E. Lamer Jr. is Command Chief Master Sergeant, Air Force Recruiting Service, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas.

    Opinion: Article misrepresented honorable work of recruiters

    In my opinion, the Sept. 8 cover story on the Air Force Recruiting Service is a gross misrepresentation of the profession I've had the honor of serving in the past 18 years.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  1. Commentary: Tech, vocational schools serve vital need

    By early 2015, tens of thousands of troops will have returned stateside after more than a decade of military engagement in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
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    USA Discounters seizes the pay of more troops than any company in the country, military records show. A reader proposes changes to adjudication of collection activity from military members. Mike Morones / Staff

    Letters to the editor

    The article concerning credit practices impacting some military members is instructive to all those who use newly acquired borrowing power ['Retired officer helps run easy-credit company,' Aug. 18].

    • Aug. 19, 2014
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    Mahaney

    Opinion: Increased reliance on reserves is the answer

    The Aug. 4 article 'Per-troop costs rising, new report shows' misses a glaringly obvious solution.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
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    Opinion: Avoidable EPR confusion

    It didn't take long for confusion over changes to the enlisted performance report to begin, and the Air Force has its own communication failure to blame.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
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    Air Force pilot training costs factor in many costs besides training, a T-1 instructor pilot writes. Airman 1st Class Brett Clashman/Air Force

    Letters to the editor: Pilot bonuses, college recruiting

    [Regarding Army Reserve Lt. Col. James Breazeale's Aug. 4 letter, 'Pilot bonuses':]

    • Aug. 15, 2014
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    Tight Security: Retired Army Lt. Gen. Kevin Campbell, industry chair of the Space and Missile Defense Symposium, addresses audience members in Huntsville, Ala., this week. Conference attendees were barred from talking to speakers and from taking pictures during the event. US Army Space and Missile Defense Command

    Essay: Censorship, police intimidation at missile defense conference

    In the back of a dimly lit banquet hall, a member of a prominent Washington think tank sat taking notes and snapping pictures of speakers' briefing slides using his mobile phone.

    • Aug. 15, 2014
  2. Staff Sgt. Darius Boscarino, shown getting a quick workout, has proposed changes to the PT test. Readers suggest other changes. Courtesy photo

    This week's letters to the editor: PT, Tops in Blue

    [Regarding 'Fix the PT test,' July 7 issue:]

    • Aug. 5, 2014
  3. A nurse sets an information sign about Ebola on a wall of a public health center on Friday in Monrovia, Liberia. The announced on July 30 it was shutting all schools and placing 'non-essential' government workers on 30 days' leave in a bid to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola epidemic raging in west Africa. The impoverished country, along with neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone, is struggling to contain an epidemic that has infected 1,200 people and left 672 dead across the region since the start of the year. AFP/Getty Images

    DoD may send personnel to Africa to help fight Ebola epidemic

    Defense Department officials are discussing the possibility of sending more personnel to western Africa to assist with the Ebola epidemic there.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
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    Bonuses paid to retain Air Force pilots are a waste of money, a civilian pilot writes. Senior Airman Maeson Elleman/Air Force

    This week's letters to the editor

    I am an Army Reserve air defense officer, commonly referred to by Air Force liaison officers as 'Duckhunters.' On the civilian side, I am a major airline captain/pilot of a Boeing 737 with 10,000 hours of flight time.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
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    Editorial: Surprises in base rankings

    Eight months ago, Air Force Times embarked on an ambitious project to rank Air Force bases across the U.S., measuring cost of living, housing, schools, traffic and amenities for each area.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
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    Marines with a security cooperation team work with Guatemalan marines during a train-the-trainer session at the Brigada de Infantera de Marina base in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, on June 4. Mike Morones/Staff

    SOUTHCOM chief: Central America drug war a dire threat to U.S. national security

    In an exclusive commentary for Military Times, Gen. John Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command, writes that the increasing drug violence destabilizing Latin American countries is a critical and immediate security threat to the United States.

    • Jul. 8, 2014
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    Former Procter and Gamble executive Robert McDonald, President Obama's nominee as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, listens as Obama makes a statement at the Department of Veterans Affairs on June 30. Charles Dharapak/The Associated Press

    Editorial: A little bit of honesty at the VA, please

    The White House's nomination of Robert McDonald as the next secretary of veterans affairs offers at least one potential reason for early cautious optimism: his 30-plus years of corporate experience with consumer products giant Procter & Gamble.

    • Jul. 5, 2014
  4. Westmacott

    Invictus Games: Ready to inspire the world

    In my 21/2 years as British ambassador to the United States, I have frequently had the honor of hosting British and American wounded warriors — both serving and veteran — at my home.

    • Jul. 1, 2014
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    President Obama writes that, as was the case with the veterans who used the first GI Bill 70 years ago, investing in our newest veterans will produce leaders the country needs. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Obama: Post-9/11 GI Bill keeps promise to newest vets

    The GI Bill, celebrating its 70th anniversary, has had a huge positive impact on the lives of millions of veterans over the years. President Obama says the generous Post-9/11 GI Bill continues to transform lives as one of the 'smartest investments' the nation has ever made.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
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    'Courage should be explicit, not implicit, in our core values,' Col. Christopher Sage writes.

    Opinion: The need for courage

    Over the last year, the Air Force lost two towering heroes: Col. George 'Bud' Day and Brig. Gen. Robinson 'Robbie' Risner.

    • Jun. 15, 2014
  5.  Cpl. Randy L. Bernard/Marine Corps

    5 questions: Cutting benefits for military retirees

    Retired Army Lt. Col. Tom Slear has touched the third rail of military and veterans' issues with an opinion piece arguing that a 'very small decrease in pay' for military retirees would be reasonable, considering the need for the U.S.

    • Jun. 10, 2014
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    An image made from video released April 7, 2010, by the the Taliban shows U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl. Site Intelligence Group / AP

    Opinion: Don't judge Bowe Bergdahl, that's the Pentagon's job

    If the evidence strongly indicates that then-Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl abandoned his post in Afghanistan in 2009, then he should be prosecuted on the appropriate charges.

    • Jun. 9, 2014
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