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  • Determination, air power crucial to D-Day victory

    Many D-Day accounts focus on the lethal conditions servicemembers faced as they came ashore on the beaches of Normandy, and for good reason. Allied forces suffered heavy casualties at Omaha and Juno beaches, and by June 11, more than 53,000 had been killed. The role of air power in the success of D-Day, however, cannot be denied. Air power prepared
  • Keep your eyes open

    Everyone knows fatigue degrades alertness and performance—reaction times slow, attention spans shorten, and judgment deteriorates. Everyone one knows the primary sources of fatigue—less than seven hours of sleep per day and changing schedules due to shift work or deployment. However, not everyone knows we tend to underestimate our own fatigue level
  • Save your brain: wear a helmet

    I got a call while I was at work not long ago from a woman I didn't know asking me if I knew Carmelo Baez. I said yes, then wondered why I heard traffic and an ambulance. She told me he's been in a motorcycle accident, and the ambulance was there to take him to the hospital. I asked how he was. She just said he was not able to talk and that they
  • Memorial Day: Why do we observe? Ask a veteran

    If you want to know why our nation observes Memorial Day, ask a veteran. I visited the Colorado Springs Veterans of Foreign Wars post Tuesday. The Lt. Marion L. Willis VFW Post, or Post 101, is "the oldest and friendliest VFW in town," retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Jose Vazquez, the bartender, tells me with an easy smile. He knows it's the only VFW
  • ROAD RAGE: Is it in you?

    As compelled as I've felt to write this commentary, I've been procrastinating for weeks. It's like scheduling a root canal; you know how important it is but just can't seem to find the time. Having only been stationed at Schriever since November 2003, I haven't experienced a lot of Highway 94 driving. Compared to others who have worked out here

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