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  • The Son Tay Raid, need for special operations forces

     In May 1970, U.S. intelligence analysts learned approximately 70-80 American POWs were being held at Son Tay Prison, located about 30 miles west of Hanoi, Vietnam.On June 1, 1970, Army Brig. Gen. Don Blackburn, the special assistant for Counterinsurgency and Special Activity, briefed Air Force Lt. Gen. John Vogt, JCS/J3, and Army Lt. Gen. Donald
  • Cyber readiness inspection ahead

    On behalf of U.S. Cyber Command, a Defense Information Systems Agency inspection team will conduct a Command Cyber Readiness Inspection here Nov. 30 - Dec. 4.Massive preparations are underway across the base, including compliance validation actions for 100-plus checklists.A CCRI is the communications equivalent of a base Operational Readiness
  • Choosing to live

    Team Eglin EDITOR'S NOTE:  The 96th Test Wing completes its Wingman Day training Nov. 9 that focuses exclusively on resiliency.  In light of this training, here is a commentary on just that subject from an Airman in the Air Force Materiel Command.I have worked for the federal government for 13 years. In each and every one of those years, I have
  • Veterans Day is a day to celebrate and honor

    Veterans have made a selfless choice to lay their lives on the line to serve and protect our country. In many cases, they have made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure we continue to have our rights and freedoms.Veterans Day is a time we set aside to honor these special Americans.Originally known as Armistice Day since 1919, President Dwight D.
  • Seasonal influenza vaccine now available

    A mass influenza vaccination line for active duty only is Oct. 26-29 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 30 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the 413th  Flight Test Squadron auditorium (Bldg. 439) and will be on a first-come first-served basis.  The auditorium is located on West F Avenue, across from the old library on the East side of the base.The influenza
  • The in-house recruiter: an open letter to my peers

     I'll never forget the first time my Air Force pride shot through the roof of my heart.It wasn't upon graduating basic training; that was more of a weight lifted relief. It wasn't the first time I saw an F-22 Raptor take off, and it wasn't when I, as a young Airman, stood tall saluting during the sound of Retreat at my first duty station.No. The
  • Domestic Violence Awareness: The Silent Witness Project

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The "purple flyers" at the base gates and at the 7th Special Forces Group compound are Eglin's version of the Silent Witness Project which honors those who suffered as a result of domestic violence.How the initiative beganIn 1990, an ad hoc group of women artists and writers, upset about the growing
  • AFMC promotes Depression Awareness Month

    During the month of October, Air Force Materiel Command will promote Depression Awareness. As part of its Mental Fitness Campaign, AFMC will inform the workforce about the signs and symptoms of depression, offer anonymous behavioral health screenings, and promote mental fitness assistance programs and services. According to the National Institute
  • Combined Federal Campaign kick-off

    This year's Combined Federal Campaign kicks off Sept. 17, presenting another opportunity to show our generosity and compassion.CFC is the world's largest and most successful workplace giving campaign.  Since the first campaign in 1964, federal employees have donated more than $7 billion for charities and causes that are near and dear to them.  CFC
  • Our Air Force: 68 years of guts, innovation and air superiority

    In 1911, a young Henry Arnold learned to fly at the Wright Brothers aviation school on a dusty field in Ohio. A strong advocate of aviation research and development, "Hap" Arnold went on to become a five-star general.He made history.In 1918, Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker shot down 26 enemy aircraft over France during World War I. His skill and bravery