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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
  1. 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
  2.  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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    Staff Sgt. Aaron Driver said that, in writing about why he doesn't plan to re-enlist, he wanted to spark a conversation about the burdens all airmen bear. Readers continue the conversation here. Courtesy Aaron Driver

    Letters from airmen on the re-enlistment debate

    I agree with what Staff Sgt. Aaron Driver had to say. While I was in the service, I had to deal with some of the same issues, and I think it's time that the Air Force changes.

    • Jun. 9, 2014
  3. Maj. Emirza Gradiz

    Opinion: Responsive leaders are key when harassment is reported

    As a woman who wears the Air Force uniform proudly, it pains me to learn about other members of our military who have been harassed and subsequently let down by systematic failures to protect the victim.

    • May. 24, 2014
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    After five years on the job, it is time for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to step down. Rob Curtis/staff

    Editorial: Army Times says VA's Shinseki must step down

    The VA scandal over alleged 'secret wait lists' for health care appointments, which may have contributed to the deaths of dozens of veterans whose treatment was delayed, is still unfolding.

    • May. 16, 2014
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    Staff Sgt. Aaron Driver said that, in writing his letter explaining why he doesn't plan to re-enlist, he wanted to spark a conversation about the burdens all airmen bear. Courtesy Aaron Driver

    Separating airman answers critics

    To some, Staff Sgt. Aaron Driver is a truth-teller, laying out the hard realities of the toll everything from repeated deployments to Mickey Mouse regulations have taken on rank-and-file airmen and their families.

    • May. 12, 2014
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    American Legion commander: Shinseki must go

    A career soldier and Vietnam veteran, General Eric Shinseki has served his country well. His patriotism and sacrifice for this nation are above reproach.

    • May. 5, 2014
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    Stevens

    Opinion: Stability, not change, needed in personnel policy

    To steal a quote from 'Star Wars:' There is a great disturbance in the Force.

    • May. 4, 2014
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    Smith Air Force

    Letter: Why he can't re-enlist

    Chief Master Sgt. Martin Kent Smith (ret.) of Howells, Neb., read Staff Sgt. Aaron Driver's letter to the editor, 'Why I won't re-enlist' and thought, 'Why not write a letter from the viewpoint of a first sergeant?'

    • May. 3, 2014
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    Airmen salute during a retreat ceremony in 2013 at Joint Base Andrews, Md. May is Military Appreciation Month. Senior Airman Steele C. G. Britt/Air Force

    Editorial: Appreciating veterans — the right way

    Today marks Day One of the 15th annual celebration of Military Appreciation Month. Yet much of the nation still has no clue about how to truly appreciate the military that makes great sacrifices to keep them safe.

    • May. 1, 2014
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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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     MOAA

    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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     Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

    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
  4. 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
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