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The "Thunderbirds" perform at the Arctic Thunder Open House in Anchorage, Alaska. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cory W. Bush)

The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 71st Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 71 years-old today. On September 18, 1947, Chief Justice Fred Vinson swore in Stuart Symington as the first secretary of the air force, officially founding a new branch of the U.S. Read More

July 3, 2018

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Fourth of July Trivia Quiz

Tomorrow is the Fourth of July—TWE’s favorite holiday. To mark the occasion, here is the annual TWE Fourth of July trivia quiz. There are thirteen questions in honor of the thirteen colonies that threw off the yoke of British tyranny.

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June 28, 2018

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What’s Worth Reading This Summer?

CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I recorded our annual summer reading episode of CFR’s “The World Next Week” podcast. Carlos Lozada, the nonfiction book critic at the Washington Post, joined us for the conversation.

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June 14, 2018

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Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army!

The United States Army celebrates its 243nd birthday today. If you see an active duty, former, or retired member of the United States Army today, wish their service Happy Birthday. The Army website provides a short but thorough overview of its history. Here are five things worth knowing:

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