Oct. 1 airpower summary: A-10s silence enemy activity

OUTHWEST ASIA — Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan during operations Oct. 1, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here. In Afghanistan, Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft flew armed overwatch in the Asmar area. Friendly forces reported receiving fire and requested […]

Nature of war affects medal count

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The changed nature of war — not command indifference or bureaucratic inertia as some critics allege — is likely the reason why only two Medals of Honor have been awarded to U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, a senior Marine Corps officer told lawmakers last Wednesday. With remotely detonated bombs […]

Heroism earns former Marine ‘Wall of Heroes’ induction

Thomas Trower The Cannon Airman Leadership School’s Hall of Heroes has recently received a new member to add to its ranks. This was the first time the event was held in the newly named Hall of Heroes room at The Landing. Retired Cpl. Frederick Madera was inducted on Aug.14 at 11 a.m. by ALS Class […]

Praying for others builds a hedge of protection

By Joan Clayton I heard a story about a lady who saw a beautiful bald eagle soaring above a lake. He spotted his prey in the water below and swooped down into the water. The eagle sank its talons deep into the fish, but the fish, being far too heavy, caused the eagle to sink […]

Forgiveness disarms the enemy

By Joan Clayton During a misunderstanding with a fellow worker, I spoke in haste, my voice rising. Immediately my conscience convicted me and I felt remorse as I walked away. In shame and embarrassment, I hurried back to her. “Please forgive me,” I pleaded through my tears. “I forgive you.” Thankful for her forgiveness, I […]

Realistic training is the best chance for survival

Ray Sullivan As a Marine combat veteran, I know the best chance of surviving war for any serviceman or woman is to train hard, train realistically and train often. That’s why I support the New Mexico Training Range Initiative to expand the airspace for Cannon Air Force Base and the nearby Melrose Bombing Range. It […]

In a child’s adventure, dad ends up the hero

Bob Huber When Big War II broke out, every red-blooded American kid who believed in baseball, cowboys, and the American Way shouldered his Red Ryder BB gun in the relentless struggle against tyranny. The scenario involved the building of small forts hither and yon in the Colorado foothills so enemies of the free world could […]