Author Oriana Pawlyk

Taking our “Here’s Why” from the paper to the blog. An explanation for why something is the way it is in the Air Force/military. Alpha, Bravo, Charlie… the way the phonetic alphabet – formally known as the International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet – starts out as most know it today. This wasn’t the way the phonic code always began, but what prompted the final change? From the 1930s and into WWII, the Royal Air Force adopted the RAF phonetic alphabet, and the U.S. adopted the Joint Army/Navy Phonetic Alphabet which went something like this: Able Baker Charlie Dog Easy Fox George…

Want to stay incognito from drones? There’s a hoodie for that. New York City-based fashion designer Adam Harvey has created a “Stealth Wear” collection, which includes hoodies, hijabs and burqas made with “metalized fibers that reflect heat, thus evading thermal imaging technology used by drones,” the Huffington Post reported. “Collectively, Stealth Wear is a vision for fashion that addresses the rise of surveillance, the power of those who surveil, and the growing need to exert control over what we are slowly losing, our privacy,” Harvey’s website says. In an interview with The Guardian, Harvey explained: “I’m not trying to make…

“These experiences become engrained in your mind, and never go away.” March 29, 1973, marks the day when then-Capt. Robert Certain was released from a Hanoi prison during Operation Homecoming. “Every year between Christmas and Easter becomes an anxious time for me remembering those Prisoner of War days,” Certain said in an interview with Air Force Times. This year marks the 40th anniversary of his release. On Dec. 18, 1972, President Nixon ordered a campaign against military targets in the cities of Hanoi and Haiphong during the Vietnam War, known as Linebacker II. A part of the 340th Bombardment Squadron…

One Air National Guard spouse has just gone beyond the ‘No Pain, No Gain’ weightlifting slogan. And this isn’t Olympic weightlifting or body building — this is powerlifting. “My wife is currently the number three rated woman powerlifter for her weight class in the nation,” said Senior Master Sgt. Andrew Traugot, director of education at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center, Tenn. in an Air Force press release. In her personal best powerlift competition, Vikki Traugot benched 325 lbs., deadlifted 408 pounds and squatted 480 pounds. In her most recent professional meet, she took first place overall in the…

Calling all “Hawaii Five-0” fans. Two Special Operations Command Pacific jumpers from Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam recently performed a free fall jump out of a C-17 Globemaster III as stunt doubles for the show’s actors. Maj. Aaron Lawson, Special Operations Command, Pacific jumper and special tactics officer served as a stunt double for “Hawaii Five-0” actor Alex O’Loughlin, who plays Det. Steve McGarrett on the show. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. John Phillips, also a SOCPAC jumper and parachute rigger, made the jump with Lawson. The jump was filmed by veteran free fall cameraman and skydive cinematographer, Tom Sanders. He…

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