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  • AFSOC Christmas tree honors the fallen

    Preservation of the Force and Family (POTFF) came up with the idea to create a Christmas tree to honor AFSOC’s fallen.
  • A commander’s story of survival

    The sound of tire treads rolling over a smooth driveway was the only sound that could be heard on the street Col. John Boudreaux lived when he and his wife, Susi, pulled up to it. Susi shoved the gear shift to “Park.” She couldn’t do it fast enough, and sat back in the seat for a moment. She collected her thoughts as she closed her eyes and let her head fall back into the headrest. Her mind raced faster than her car could.
  • Telling a story

    Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, reads to children and their families during a Tell Me a Story (TMAS) event Nov. 17, 2017, at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Webb read the book, Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andrae and Guy Parker-Rees, as part of the TMAS initiative to encourage love of learning. TMAS was launched by the
  • Cadet lesson

  • Air Force travelers reminded of flat rate per diem policy

    Some Air Force travelers may not be aware of a flat rate per diem policy established a few years ago that focused on extended temporary duty travel. Congress instituted the flat rate in November 2014. The new policy reduced per diem from 100 percent to 75 percent for TDYs from 31 to 180 days and to 55 percent for TDYs over 180 days.
  • The Meaning of Service

    Some years ago, I had the honor of meeting novelist and Vietnam veteran Tim O’Brien. He was doing a reading of his book, “The Things They Carried,” a novel about the physical items the soldiers carried on their patrols in Vietnam and the psychological burdens they carried after the war. According to his book, “Men killed, and died, because they
  • Air Rapid Response Kit in the Pacific

    The 353rd Special Operations Group increased their ability to respond to emerging mission requirements in the Pacific with the recent deployment of the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) Air Rapid Response Kit (ARRK) Oct. 23-31, 2017 at Kadena Air Base and Nov. 1-5, 2017, at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea.  “We support real-world
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