Commentary

MASTER SGT. JOSEPH PESANTES, 84th Radar Evaluation Squadron
April 27, 2017
Mentorship was, and is, absolutely critical in my development from junior Airman to SNCO. I have had different mentors throughout the different phases of my career and they all played an important role. When the word mentorship is mentioned, a lot of people instantly think of sitting down with their supervisor and getting formal face-to-face mentoring. To me, mentorship is much deeper than that;... Read more
April 27, 2017
(Editor’s notes: Lt. Col. Kevin Hall is a test pilot assigned to the 514th Flight Test Squadron. On April 21, he completed his final flight in the F-16. Before the flight, he offered some insights into that aircraft and talked about his transition to the F-35.) 75th ABW PA: You’ve completed your final flight in the F-16. As you reflect on that aircraft, what thoughts come to mind? Lt.... Read more
CHAPLAIN (COL.) SHON NEYLAND, AFMC Command Chaplain
April 20, 2017
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio — Comprehensive Airman Fitness defines “Social Fitness” as the ability to engage in healthy social networks that promote overall well-being and optimal performance. We have often heard that resilience essentially means the ability for one to bounce back from challenges and adversity.Often times we primarily focus on individual resilience. However, what is less talked... Read more
STAFF SGT. JUSTIN GRAHAM AND AIRMAN 1ST CLASS ALBERTO BONILLA, 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and 54th Maintenance Squadron
April 20, 2017
HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — Airman Leadership School class 17-3, prepared lunch and mentored Holloman Air Force Base’s newest Airmen on March 16, 2017. I, Staff Sgt. Justin Graham, was the First Term Airman Center luncheon coordinator.During this opportunity my fellow soon to be noncommissioned officers and I provided answers and guidance for the Airmen. We were able to get to know each one... Read more


Commentary: Action Line

April 20, 2017
Q: Every morning when I come to work there are always personnel crossing the street in the dark. It is very hard to see them. Because of the accident on Tuesday I feel we need more street lights. Can we put street lights on every corner?A: We often take for granted the risks we assume driving to and from work each day. On the April 11, we lost one of our own to a tragic accident. We are still... Read more
PATRIC E. MILLER, Air Force Sustainment Center, Ogden Air Logistics Complex
April 13, 2017
(Editor’s notes: This is the second of a two-part commentary. Part 1 appeared in the April 6 Hilltop Times.) After serving 20 years as an Airman, I continue to serve as a civil servant stationed in Utah. After 16 years of wearing civilian clothes, I still felt a calling to support the warfighter and serve with the men and women of our uniformed services. Not knowing what opportunities... Read more
KALETH O. WRIGHT, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force
April 13, 2017
WASHINGTON — The truth is, the vast majority of Airmen we serve alongside have never – and will never – sexually assault another person in their lifetime. Let me say it again for the people in the back – the vast majority of our Airmen HAVE NEVER and WILL NEVER harm another person. Hard stop. But the ability and the responsibility to stop sexual assault does not begin and end here. Every... Read more
PATRIC E. MILLER, Air Force Sustainment Center, Ogden Air Logistics Complex
April 6, 2017
(Editor’s notes: This is the first of a two-part commentary. Part 2 will appear in the April 13 Hilltop Times.)I miss the sound of jets. I hear the helicopters flying in and out of the camp at all hours of day and night. The sound makes me think mission, but I miss the sound of freedom. The team that prepares you to deploy does a good job of describing what it will be like when you hit the... Read more
Capt. (Dr.) Betsy Reese, 75th Medical Operations Squadron
April 6, 2017
(Editor’s notes: March 30 was National Doctors Day. For that occasion, Capt. (Dr.) Betsy Reese from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, provided these comments on why she serves.)The decision to pursue a career in family medicine was a simple one. I have always appreciated the ability to take care of many aspects of a patient’s medical needs when they are sick or injured, but I also enjoy the challenge of... Read more
CHIEF MASTER SGT. TREY MUNN, 388th Maintenance Group chief enlisted manager
March 30, 2017
Recently, as I stood in line in the Shoppette, I overheard this statement: “Airmen aren’t what they used to be.” This statement is not a new idea, nor is it something that each of us has not heard many times in our careers, and admittedly even something many of us have uttered. I know I am guilty of making that statement. The statement in its purest form is correct; Airmen are not what they used... Read more

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