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  • More than just a graded test

    Like many Americans, I struggle at times with the motivation to exercise. Try as I might to stay focused, I often seem to find something else to do. Don't get me wrong: once I am actually exercising, it feels great. It's getting to that point that is difficult to me. Perhaps fate was at work when I was given the opportunity to interview some
  • Baking toward disaster

    When I was 15, I worked at a sandwich shop. The job allowed me to interact with many interesting people on a daily basis. One profound encounter I will always remember involved two female customers, who I presumed to be a mother and a daughter out for a meal. One day, the daughter handed over some money to pay for both meals. I took the opportunity
  • A Snake is a Snake

    There's nothing like opening your front door to find a slithery snake sunning himself on your front door step. Our experts in the 1st Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron's Natural Resources Flight say there are 44 species of snakes found in Florida. Six of the 44 snakes are venomous. Luckily, only four of these venomous snakes are found on
  • Fly Fight and Win: A Spectre's Perspective

    "Fly, Fight and Win." This wing Aim point is thought of by most as describing the pointy end of the dagger, the ops guys executing the mission. I think it better describes a team coming together to accomplish a no fail mission. A mission that is essential to our national security. Both the Chief of Staff of the Air Force and the First Special
  • A Reason to Run

    It's said that with enough initiative, motivation and determination, you can do anything to which you set your mind. I was reminded of this fact last week, when I learned about a young Hurlburt Field Airman with a big plan and an impressive follow-through. Last fall, then Senior Airman Ronni Russell, an electronic systems security assessment senior
  • Preserving your place in history

    In late July 1885, former American president Ulysses S. Grant struggled with his memoirs. Dying from throat cancer, President Grant faced a dilemma. First, Northern newspapers depicted him as a butcher, claiming he had won the Civil War due to numbers and not his skill or leadership. Second, he was bankrupt, which meant his family faced certain
  • April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

    exual assault is a crime affecting victims of all ages, races and genders. Each April, the Department of Defense and other organizations across the nation observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This annual event highlights the efforts the DOD is taking to combat the crime and promote prevention through events and activities geared toward educating
  • 1 SOLRS mentoring Airmen, growing leaders

    Although the 1st Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron spends the majority of their time helping to support the 1st Special Operations Wing's ability to "fly, fight and win", the senior enlisted also understand the importance of developing the Airmen to shape the future Air Force. Under the guidance of Chief Master Sgt. Enrique Shaw, the
  • Blackbirds blaze path for CV-22

    The year 2008 was a hallmark in the proud 91-year history of the 8th Special Operations Squadron Blackbirds, a year that marked the transformation from a squadron with a handful of personnel, to a combat unit, ready and able to employ the global reach of the CV-22 Osprey Anytime, Any Place. In the beginning of 2008, the 8 SOS consisted of 20
  • Blackbirds fly high in hallmark year

    The past year was a hallmark in the proud 91 year history of the 8th Special Operations Squadron Blackbirds, a year which witnessed the transformation from a squadron with a handful of personnel to a combat unit, ready and able to employ the global reach of the CV-22 Osprey; any time, any place. In the beginning of 2008, the 8th SOS consisted of 20
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