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  • Energy Conservation, A Personal Commitment

    Energy independence has become a top national priority for the United States. Our national strategy calls for reducing demand and improving efficiency of current energy consumption while increasing development of sustainable domestic energy production. Every American consumes energy and, therefore, has a role to play in supporting this national
  • Remember our POW/MIAs today, every day

    My earliest memories come from the mid-1960's. I was not even 4 years old at the time. My father was a dashing young Air Force pilot. He would come home for lunch in his flight suit, and it was the highlight of my day. I anxiously waited to join my father at the lunch table. He'd come in the door, give Mom a kiss, and say something to the effect
  • Praying for peace: A chaplain's perspective

    In light of the United States' heavy involvement in overseas contingency operations, it has not been uncommon to see or hear of civilians protesting the war at front gates of military installations around the world. A few years ago, in the United States, one female college basketball player captured the attention of national and international
  • Are you ready sheepdog?

    Throughout the ages, artists have rendered pastoral scenes on canvas. Images of rolling hills of green pastures, dotted with trees and livestock framed by partly cloudy skies evoke a sense of peace and tranquility most can readily identify with. Sheep, their heads down grazing on the tender shoots of grass, seem to be a common character in these
  • The ashen brotherhood: A lesson too easily forgotten

    The second week of September has become a time of reflection and remembrance for the people who were lost in the most horrific terrorist attack to ever take place on American soil. It has also become a week that television airwaves are filled with programs dedicated to the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and the aftermath. These shows cover every angle
  • Of ballots and bullets: Why the Afghanistan election was a victory of hope

    All day Aug. 20 I was looking up. I kept expecting a rocket, mortar or spurt of small arms fire to pierce the brilliant blue sky. But on election day, the air over Paktya, Afghanistan remained unexpectedly serene. Paktya province lies along the Pakistan border in eastern Afghanistan, a region which largely remains an insurgent safe haven, and which
  • Really? You're still not wearing your seat belt?

    Imagine if half of Hurlburt Field's active duty population died in car accidents over the course of a year. Well, that same number of people did die last year across the nation - 4,152 people to be exact - according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Of course there were more fatalities than that for the year - but that's the
  • Use your head for thinking, not bouncing off the pavement

    "You've got to be kidding me," I thought to myself as I pulled onto Highway 98 for the traffic-clogged journey to work after a long, pleasant leave. Usually, this thought comes as I catch a glimpse of the heavy traffic flow that clogs the highway for miles on end. On this day, however, traffic was dense, but I hardly even noticed. Instead, my
  • Hurrican preparedness right at your fingertips

    Hopefully by now, nearly three months into hurricane season, Hurlburt Airmen and their families have taken the necessary steps and precautions to be prepared if a major storm threatens the Gulf Coast. Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, with the peak of storm activity occurring from August to October. And while hurricanes happen every
  • Summertime in Florida means greater propensity for bear activity

    As the sun continues to shine brightly upon Hurlburt Field each day, many people come out of their hiding places to enjoy the fantastic weather and climate that makes the installation one of the most preferred destinations on an individual's dream sheet. However, people aren't the only creatures that enjoy the warm sun and the cool breezes that
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