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  • What Black History Month means to me

    The iconic Rosa Parks was born in February (Feb. 4, 1913), and I recently found myself reading her autobiography. The lives she touched and influence she was able to produce in people is profoundly amazing, and the fact that she lived until 2005 is still crazy to me. She walked with Dr. King during the march from Selma to Montgomery in protest of segregation, she spoke at length with Malcolm X after his conversion to Islam and she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She adamantly believed that non-violence was an effective measure to protesting but also believed that there must come a point where you stand up for yourself.
  • What Black History Month means to me

    The iconic Rosa Parks was born in February (Feb. 4, 1913), and I recently found myself reading her autobiography. The lives she touched and influence she was able to produce in people is profoundly amazing, and the fact that she lived until 2005 is still crazy to me. She walked with Dr. King during the march from Selma to Montgomery in protest of segregation, she spoke at length with Malcolm X after his conversion to Islam and she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She adamantly believed that non-violence was an effective measure to protesting but also believed that there must come a point where you stand up for yourself.
  • Combat brothers reunite at inauguration with new roles, common mission

    I've heard that Marines share a special bond, rivaling that of any other branch of the service. Last week, I witnessed the depth of it first-hand. It was the seventh anniversary of their 2010 mission in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. David Nichols, now a Pennsylvania Air National Guardsman with the 193rd Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, and
  • Chief Burke: 'Focus on being the best you can be each day'

    Q:  Could you describe your job at the 193rd Special Operations Wing?A: I am the 193rd Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron Supply Superintendent.  We provide supplies and parts, from paper and personnel mobility gear to highly technical electronics for the Commando Solo mission. I always tell people, I have the best job in the Air
  • Chief shares passion for guiding women to the top

    (The following interview with Chief Master Sgt. Michelle Kerstetter is the third in a series that explores the responsibilities, challenges and opportunities associated with attaining the rank of chief master sergeant. The first article appeared in the February 2013 edition of Scope.) Q:  Could you describe your job at the 193rd Special Operations
  • Son's birthday wish honored

    My daughter recently turned 9 years old. For months prior to her birthday, she explained to her mother and I what she wanted. Her requests ranged from a bunny to the weaver loom, to a cell phone, to an iPod cover. That's just a few of the items she wanted.Tech. Sgt. Ryon Gingrich, 193rd Special Operations Maintenance Group, experienced something
  • Leading by example: The road to chief master sergeant

    (The following interview with Chief Master Sgt. Sue Thario is the second in a series that explores the responsibilities, challenges and opportunities associated with attaining the rank of chief master sergeant. The first article appeared in the February 2013 edition of Scope.) Q: How would you describe your job at the wing?A: I've been a
  • The 28 miles that changed my perspective

    When I first saw an ad for the Second Annual Pennsylvania National Guard March for the Fallen, I thought, "I've run two marathons; I can enter the personal challenge division and walk 28 miles." A few weeks later, however, I was talking to a fellow Airman about the event and he encouraged me to enter the military heavy division instead, which
  • 'We fear no evil'

    When will our enemies realize that acts of terror do not break our will? In fact, evil acts perpetrated against us as a nation have historically strengthened our resolve. As the video of the attack on the Boston Marathon spectators is replayed on the news, I hope terrorists are disappointed by the lack of panic, and perplexed by the acts of
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