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  • If you manage risk appropriately, running can be a safe activity

    I like to periodically revisit the subject of risk, because it's too easy to become complacent and let risk creep back into our everyday lives. I'll start with a bold statement: a runner could dress all in black, put shoe polish on her face, and wear black socks and shoes, yet still be safer than someone wearing a reflective belt. How can that be,
  • Marauder Online has gone live

    We said we were going to do it, and we did. We're live on the Web with our online Marauder, having officially exited the traditional newspaper business. If you're reading this, you've found our site, and I hope you like what you see. We're striving for ease of navigation so that you should be able to access the majority of the site's information
  • Commitment key to excellence

    My daughter's flute teacher is blind. It's a circumstance we don't even really notice anymore, but when we first met Liz, I have to admit we were a bit surprised - and my daughter was slightly uncomfortable. She wasn't bothered by Liz's blindness per se, but she didn't know how effective Liz could be as a teacher if she couldn't see the
  • The stage is set to make history

    It won't be long before football fans enter hibernation, but for now the excitement's still on the upswing. We're only two days away from a Super Bowl with a storyline much more interesting than the usual player profiles that normally accompany such events. For the first time in history, a black coach will take his team to the Super Bowl. In fact,
  • Books you can get lost in

    Fields of Fire by James Webb - The new senator from Virginia and former secretary of the Navy wrote this book in the mid-1970s, based on his tour of duty in Vietnam as a Marine platoon commander. While I can recommend "Once an Eagle" from the Chief of Staff of the Air Force reading list, "Fields of Fire" is my favorite war novel of all time (and
  • 21st century here we come

    You might have read the recent article in Stars & Stripes that talked about base newspapers becoming Web-only products. When I first received word that the Air Force wanted us to stop publishing a hard-copy paper and instead turn to the Web, my reaction was well short of enthusiastic (a polite understatement). The e-mail we received from the Air
  • A quiet respect but let it be 'never again'

    It was a quiet and sunny day as our boat chugged across Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to where the USS Arizona had been berthed on "Battleship Row." The atmosphere aboard the tour boat was probably much like it was on the U.S. Navy "liberty boats" taking off-duty sailors across the harbor 50 years before on a quiet and sunny Sunday in late 1941. Our
  • Proving we are indeed ready to execute

    Let me toss a few figures at you. From Nov. 23 through 29, every mission flown by this wing was at the very highest Jont Chiefs of Staff-assigned priority. Within that time frame, during a critical 72-hour period from Nov. 26 through 29, we flew 32 missions, offloading more than 2.2 million pounds of fuel to 157 receivers. We achieved an overall
  • Professional bonds can support and sustain you for a lifetime

    So why did you stay in the military? Have you ever asked any one of your squadron "greybeards " that question? What kind of an answer did you get? Likely, it was sort of a stock answer bordering on being flippant. As a pilot, I've been known to say "it beats working for a living "when asked that question - both simplistic and untrue. When I was a
  • The road was long, but the journey's almost over

    Our road to the Unit Compliance Inspection began more than 10 months ago, when you conducted your semiannual self-inspections in December. At the time, October seemed a long way off, yet here we are, only three days from the inspection's start. For some of you, October seemed like it would never get here, as you tackled program after program in