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  • Pathways to Equality: U.S. Army Indian Scouts

    Native and Alaskan Native American military members have been on the forefront of this nation's military fist and cradling arms.  In most cases the exploits of Native American sailors, soldiers and airmen are overlooked leaving one to pause or take note as to why they did what they did.  How could a people any people in the face of such adversity
  • Protect yourself, family from terrorist threats online

    Deployed Airmen and their families were recently threatened directly by terrorist organizations online with information gathered from social media accounts.Thankfully, despite the aggressive nature of these virtual threats, none have developed into actual physical attacks on our Airmen or their families.The Air Force's social media team provides
  • New COMPACAF shares focus, commitment to Airmen

    Last month, I was presented the greatest opportunity of my Air Force career -- I became commander of Pacific Air Forces.I want to tell you how honored and humbled I feel to be here. Standing in front of our Pacific Airmen and accepting the PACAF flag from General Welsh was an incredible experience, and I can't tell you how proud I am to serve
  • Why is integrity first?

    "Integrity is the fundamental premise of military service in a free society. Without integrity, the moral pillars of our military strength, public trust and self-respect are lost." -- Gen. Charles A. GabrielMilitary core values are a set of virtues that each service espouses to and demands of all in their ranks. More than 20 years ago, the U.S. Air
  • Alaskan war dogs: Bridging past to future

    Editor's note: This is the third and final part of a series featuring the history of the military's use of sled dogs in Alaska. For the first part, click here. For the second part, click here.It was not long after World War II that organizations such as the Alaska Dog Mushers Association and Alaskan Sled Dog and Racing Association were established.
  • Alaskan war dogs: Heroism defined

    Editor's note: This is the second part of a series featuring the history of the military's use of sled dogs in Alaska. For the first part, click here.During World War I, the French government asked Alaska's Darling Kennels and Alaskan Scotty Allan, All Alaska Sweepstakes winner of the 1909, 1911 and 1912 races, to provide and train Alaskan sled
  • Alaskan war dogs: Not forgotten

    Editor's note: This is part of a series featuring the history of the military's use of sled dogs in Alaska.On Oct. 28, 2013, at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, a monument was dedicated to military working dog teams, specifically recognizing the sacrifices of dogs in combat, a tribute to the military working dog and their handlers.The military dog
  • Cool School keeps Iceman ready to go at 50 below

    I think of myself as a relatively fit and adventurous person. I was raised near Cincinnati, Ohio, where I have raced every distance I could find up to a full marathon. I went to school at the University of Tennessee, hiking parts of the Appalachian Trail, backpacking through the Smokies and rock climbing by the Obed River. I graduated from the
  • Permanent Fund Dividend: Benefits of Alaskan Life

    The Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD), or Alaska Dividend, is a unique yearly dividend for Alaska residents. In 1959, Alaska's largest oil reserve was discovered and it became clear as the pipeline was constructed that Alaska would accrue a great deal of wealth from its oil reserves. So in 1976, Alaska amended its constitution to dedicate approximately
  • Priorities and intent

    First, I want to say what an incredible privilege it is for JoAnn and me to continue our service here where our homeland joins the Pacific, among many friends and in a place so important to our nation's future. While the current fiscal environment makes traveling to the unique locales you call home difficult, the jobs each of you do every day are
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