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The Air Force Personnel Center in San Antonio had a good turnout for that city’s Marathon on Sunday. All told, 99 members of the AFPC family — civilians, airmen and their family members — made it out. Nineteen ran the big one: the full 26.2 miles. Another 80 ran the half marathon. You can read more here.

Spice has been in the news — at least in our newspaper — quite a bit lately. The Air Force banned it, and then it developed a urinalysis for it. Occasionally, you’d read about some airmen or some cadets getting nabbed for the synthetic marijuana. Not that many airmen are smoking spice — the surgeon general told me earlier this month it’s “a small slice of the pie” of drug usage — but the over-the-counter nature of the drug makes regulation even tougher. All of this leaves the creator of spice and other synthetic cannabinoids shaking his head. “These things…

Efficiencies, efficiencies — everywhere, the military is looking for efficiencies. Well, Time Magazine’s Battleland blog has one idea of how to save almost $25 million: The Air Force could actually write up its own report on how it does its own work. Booz Allen Hamilton will receive $24,966,507 to write a series of studies including the vageuely titled “Tactics, Techniques and Procedures Report.” (TTPs on what, folks?) As Battleland’s Mark Thompson points out, “‘Tactics, Techniques and Procedures” is a oft-used military phrase that simply means how we do things around here; the fact that it’s plucked as the title for…

Dope du jour Daryn Moran, the former AWOL-but-not-really-AWOL Air Force NCO, is back on YouTube to take up his crusade against his former commander in chief. This time, the former Ramstein airman, vows to arrest the president for forging his birth certificate. He plans to “gas up the car, drive in my vehicle to Washington, D.C., knock on the president’s door and tell him he’s coming with me.” Seriously. In a bizarre, 13-minute screed, Moran takes aim at a wide range of topics: FactCheck.org, Adm. Mike Mullen, Transportation Security Administration, gays and lesbians, the Democrats, Vice President Joe Biden, Muslims,…

Columbist Robert F. Dorr wrote last week about Staff Sgt. Robert Gutierrez, the combat controller who stared down death to call in airstrikes and save his Special Forces A-team. Dorr, who knows a thing or two about the Air Force, was unequivocal in his writing: “His heroism was unrelenting; his dedication to his service and his country, indisputable. For his actions, Gutierrez is nominated for an Air Force Cross, the service’s second highest valor award. He should, however, receive the Medal of Honor. Only the nation’s highest distinction is appropriate for the combat controller, who lost half his blood from…

The Air Force women’s softball team wrapped up the gold medal at the 2011 Armed Forces Softball Championship last week — and that gives me plenty of reason to link to this fun story from the service’s greatest C-17 reserve unit stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Staff Sgt. Lindsay Ciullo serves with the 446th Aeromedical Staging Squadron and has played on the Air Force softball team for the past four years and the All Armed Forces tam for the past three years. She is also the only reservist on Air Force squad — an interesting trivia point she would…

The Air Force just celebrated its 64th birthday (you don’t look a day above 63!) and naturally that meant photos of celebrations across the world. Well, it looks like the folks at Hickam had one hell of a shindig. Check out this photo from Senior Airman Lauren Main: This leaves me with many thoughts (tattoo on the dancer in foreground, anyone?), but perhaps the most important is this one: Why didn’t the Pentagon folks hire these dancers to perform in D.C.? Swing and a miss, Air Force. Swing and a miss.

When you cough, do you ever wonder whether it’s mold or asbestos that’s slowly making you sick? Have you ever justified the peeling paint on your walls by saying, “Well, hey, there’s not that much lead in there.” And do you describe the hole termites ate in your back wall as “God’s air conditioning?” If you answered yes to any of those questions, the folks at ABC want to demolish your home, build you a new one and videotape you freaking out over your sudden good fortune. Yes, you could be on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” The producers are looking…

Humble in acquisitions, you will be. The Galactic Empire learned that lesson long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Its first Death Star was the size of a small moon – and yet one missile launched from an X-wing fighter destroyed it. Its replacement wasn’t even operational when rebels managed to blow it up. The reason it was vulnerable? Construction was behind schedule – and even the intervention of Darth Vader couldn’t get it finished on time. One Air Force acquisition officer says today’s military should pay attention to the lessons of the Star Wars movies. “The investment…

If you watch a game at the House that J.P. Losman Built, you might just be inspired enough to join the Air Force. That’s what the 313th Recruiting Squadron is banking on. The unit and the Buffalo Bills just announced a deal that will allow the service to advertise on signage at Ralph Wilson Stadium and on buffalobills.com. The squadron also will “activate” a tailgate party area on game days. And since we’re on the topic, let’s hope the war in Iraq ends better than Super Bowl XXV:

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