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  • Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

    Today, I am a proud Hispanic American and an Air Force officer celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.I was born to two loving parents, Rosa and Carlos DeGracia, in Bronx, N.Y., Sept. 30, 1972. Both parents were born on the beautiful Caribbean island of Puerto Rico and moved to New York City during their late teens. Rosa humbly worked in a textile
  • Celebrating our past, present and future

    His story was one of the highlights of the convention. He served in Italy during World War II and fell in love with an Italian woman whose father would not let them marry. Sixty years later, in 2005, she showed up at his doorstep in New York City. She carried with her a pair of cufflinks. The cufflinks belonged to her father, who just before he
  • Fitness lies I told myself

    As we prepare for the revised Air Force fitness testing program, I've spent the last couple of months educating myself on diet and fitness -- subjects I thought I knew plenty about, I was mistaken. Throughout my career, I've prepared for and passed each physical training test. Although I never scored high, I felt good because I always passed, and I
  • See how far you can go today

    Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a runner. I've been running for 10 years and have done everything from a 5K to a marathon. During my thousands of miles, I've had a few epiphanies; moments in time when things seem clear. I've realized that marathon training and a successful Air Force career have a lot in common. They take hard work, dedication
  • The 'happy' medium between OPSEC and social networking: Can it be achieved?

    I can recall sitting in my office at Kelly Air Force Base, Texas, when I first realized that e-mail was going to revolutionize our way of doing business. I remember thinking to myself, 'Wow, I just got an e-mail from a two-star general congratulating me on my promotion to lieutenant colonel.' In the olden days, I would have received a
  • Fast track to losing stripes

    April 17 started off just like every Friday. Wake up, get ready for the night shift and get through the work day to start my weekend. What I didn't see coming was the decision I would make at the end of my night, a decision that would ultimately put my career at risk. I made a choice that would affect many more people than just myself. My name was
  • Heavy lifting in today’s military

    Our country just celebrated Memorial Day on May 25, and this month are celebrating Independence Day on the 4th of July. Sandwiched in between these two significant holidays, the 94th Airlift Wing deployed one aircraft, along with maintenance and operations personnel, to participate in Operation Airdrop Warrior at Royal Air Force Lyneham Air Base,
  • Being safe is key

    As the new wing Chief of Safety, I wanted to introduce myself to you and say how gratifying it is to know and see the seriousness with which our military tackles safety in general. It's rewarding to witness our military's determination to not only learn from our past mishaps, but to also be proactive in the "stop it before it happens" arena. Two
  • Die Vergessene Luftbrüke (The Forgotten Air Bridge)

    May marks the 60th anniversary of the end of an extraordinary and massive effort to save the city of Berlin from a Soviet blockade, which was designed to bring the people of the western sector of town to their knees. The U.S. Air Force, along with the U.S. Navy and allies from around the world, embarked on a task to create an air bridge (Luftbrüke)
  • The American Airman

    You will not find their names etched in granite or marble stone; or on neatly placed placards with accompanying pictures lining the hallways and corridors of the Air Force's numerous buildings and edifices; nor recorded in great literary text and canonized in the books of our Air Force history noting their contributions to the Air Force or the Air