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And now the Norks are sailing subs

What is North Korea up to these days? Just days away from their launch of a rocket-cum-satellite, the Norks are getting everyone’s attention again by sailing subs in the region. Just days ahead of a controversial long-range rocket test and a major political conference in Pyongyang, North Korea reportedly quietly sent four of its diesel-electric […]

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Crossing the Isthmus of Panama with Howard and Other Stories — Part 4

Let’s look at the scorecard thus far.  It’s 1976. I graduated from high school on June 3; six days later I was at Lackland Air Force Base doing my basic military training. On July 4, we could stay up past 9:00pm to celebrate our Bicentennial. From our barracks’ windows we could see a fireworks display. Happy […]

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Crossing the Isthmus of Panama with Howard and Other Stories — Part 3

  When I first arrived at Howard AFB in September 1976, there were very few airmen below the rank of E-4. From what I understood, before I arrived most of the airmen stationed at Howard had served in Vietnam—either at bases in Thailand or Vietnam. Whether or not that was true or not, or one […]

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Crossing the Isthmus of Panama with Howard and other stories — Part 1

I have to confess that I wasn’t too crazy the day I found out that I had orders to Panama. At first, on that cool Denver morning at Lowry Air Force Base in the summer of 1976 when our orders for our first duty assignments were passed out, I didn’t even know where I was […]

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