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The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington is pictured in this photo taken on the day of its "soft opening" ceremony Aug. 22, 2011. (National Park Service photo) Celebrating King's legacy
As a people and as a nation, we have come a long way since the civil rights movement of the early 1960s. King would be proud. But at the same time, we have not yet achieved the point he devoted his life to help our society reach. One of the most significant speeches in our nation's history was the "I Have a Dream" speech, which King delivered Aug.
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2012
Default Air Force Logo Cadet reflects on King legacy
On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have A Dream" speech, where he expressed hope that one day he would see "little black boys and black girls ... able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers." Raised in a generation where blatant racism and
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2012
Rev. Dr. David Oringderff speaks with Lt. Gen. Mike Gould during a dedication ceremony for the Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel Falcon Circle May 3, 2011. Oringderff is the executive director of the Sacred Well Congregation and represented the Earth-Centered Spirituality community during a religious respect conference at the Academy in November 2010. Gould is the Academy superintendent. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan) Why building Falcon Circle was 'right thing to do'
Why did the Air Force Academy build an "outdoor Stonehenge" worship area for just a handful of cadets?That's the question some have asked Air Force Academy officials after the Los Angeles Times' Nov. 26 article citing an $80,000 price tag for the Cadet Chapel Falcon Circle: an outdoor worship area used primarily for the observance of Earth-Centered
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2011
A Navy bugler plays taps during a commemoration ceremony at the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument Dec. 7, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carolyn Viss) Pearl Harbor Day reminds us: Remember, honor WWII veterans
When I visited my grandparents the weekend after Sept. 11, 2001, I remember my late grandmother, Clara Hix Clifford, saying to me, "I never thought I'd see something like this again in my lifetime."By "again," she was referring to the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese -- a worldaltering event that remains true to the words of
0 12/07
2011
Default Air Force Logo Support your Falcons in 2011 Military Bowl
This year's football team has earned an incredible leadership opportunity to represent the Academy with an invitation Dec. 4 to the 2011 Military Bowl.The chance to play in a significant bowl game happens because of the terrific accomplishments of our cadets, along with the guidance and backing of the fine leadership of our Academy general officers
0 12/06
2011
Default Air Force Logo Lorenz on Leadership — Life's experiences: luggage or baggage?
Recently, I was invited to speak at the United States Air Force Academy's Class of 2013 Commitment Night dinner. Commitment Night is usually scheduled the day the third classmen (sophomores) return to the Academy and become second classmen (juniors). Up to that very moment they begin their junior year academics they may resign from the Academy and
0 11/28
2011
Default Air Force Logo Duty: the double-edged sword
A 1970 graduate of the Air Force Academy recently asked my opinion about what I thought the Academy is doing well today. He knew I've been serving this past year as The Academy's senior scholar, assigned to the Center for Character and Leadership Development. He also knew that I've never been in the military.Although his question caught me by
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2011
Col. Robin Olds preflights his F-4C Phantom before a mission in Southeast Asia.   He was the commander of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing at Ubon Air Base, Thailand, and was credited with shooting down four enemy MiG aircraft in aerial combat over North Vietnam.  (U.S. Air Force photo) Robin Olds: Wolf Pack hero, legacy
KUNSAN AIR BASE, South Korea (AFNS) -- This historian is hardly the first to declare former Brig. Gen. Robin Olds as the greatest aerial warrior and leader in American history.When learning about his life, it is as if he was made to be the perfect Airman. He was a triple ace who had ideas about tactical air power that were as big as his physique.
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2011
Default Air Force Logo Lorenz on Leadership: Leaders, stress and people of faith
Recently I was at a military base when two Air Force chaplains invited me to join them for lunch. We had a nice conversation on many subjects to include stories about leaders they had met over the years. One of the chaplains had just returned from his third tour in Afghanistan where he worked with the Army. The brigade he was assigned to was
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2011
Devin Kunich poses for a photo at the Bristol, Wis., Renaissance Faire in this photo taken by his father, retired Master Sgt. Gary Kunich. Devin was killed shortly after midnight on Aug. 8, 2011, by a distracted driver while bicycling home from the faire. (courtesy photo/Gary Kunich) Please, hang up and drive
If you've been in the Air Force for a while, you might know the name Gary Kunich. He worked for European Stars and Stripes around the time I first entered the Air Force in 1999. He retired in 2006 as a master sergeant, but he has never put down the pen: today he writes for local publications in his adopted hometown of Kenosha, Wis.Today, he has a
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2011
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