Commentary

GEN. DAVID L. GOLDFEIN, Air Force Chief of Staff
March 23, 2017
WASHINGTON  — People are the foundation of our Air Force. Our mutual support for each other is based on dignity, respect and trust ... a Wingman culture. As Wingmen we must continuously demonstrate courage and strength of character to do and say the right things, at the right times, to protect each other ... there is no other acceptable option. When Airmen fail to live up to our core... Read more
COL. ANTHONY POLASHEK, 934th Airlift Wing
March 23, 2017
MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL AIR RESERVE STATION, Minn. — The following script is credited to the motion picture Rob Roy.Son: Father, will the MacGregors ever be kings again? Robert Roy MacGregor: All men with honor are kings. But not all kings have honor.Son: What is honor?Robert Roy MacGregor: Honor is what no man can give you, and none can take away. Honor is a man’s gift to himself.Son: Do women... Read more
MAJ. GREGORY LEWIS
March 23, 2017
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — Regardless of your profession, many of us have all been in positions defining the required “Leadership” and “Management” qualifications as an expectation of our ability to execute our office. But like many things, no two are alike and not one will prevail without the help of another.Part of our charge in these roles is not only to lead, but to mentor, to manage, to... Read more
GEN. DAVID L. GOLDFEIN, Air Force Chief of Staff
March 16, 2017
This paper outlines my third and final focus area, Multi-Domain Command and Control (MDC2). In the first two papers - Revitalizing Squadrons, and Strengthening Joint Leaders and Teams - I laid out how an evolving operating environment demands a renewed focus on developing our Airmen and organizations. The changing national security environment also requires us to examine how we sense, decide, and... Read more
Katie Lange, DOD News, Defense Media Activity
March 16, 2017
Out of the nearly 3,500 Medal of Honor recipients, only one was a woman – just one – and it was an award that was actually rescinded just before the honoree died.In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re going to honor that woman: Dr. Mary Walker, who helped change the face of medicine during the Civil War.Walker was born in Oswego, New York, to abolitionist parents who encouraged her to pursue an... Read more
Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith, I.G. Brown Training and Education Center
March 9, 2017
LOUISVILLE, Tenn. — If I went through my past receipts on military discounts I would calculate a lot of cash left in my wallet from the generosity and appreciation of American businesses through the years; especially from hardware stores.A kitchen renovation is the newest project that I’m tackling on my own time since its mid-winter and there’s no pool to clean or flower beds to weed at my... Read more


Commentary: It’s all about the hooks

MASTER SGT. BENJAMIN WILSON, 407th Air Expeditionary Group Public Affairs
March 9, 2017
SOUTHWEST ASIA — High above Mosul, Iraq, a fighter pilot arrives on station.Now within 20 nautical miles of the target, the pilot arms the weapons on board and checks in with a joint terminal attack controller, identifying the call sign, position and combat load of munitions.The pilot can see explosions, small arms fire and artillery lighting up the banks of the Tigris River as Iraqi security... Read more
TECH. SGT. ESTHER WASHINGTON, 75th Communications Squadron
March 2, 2017
Fun Fact: Do you know who the first director of the WAAC/WAC was? After authorizing establishment of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) in 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt swore in Oveta Culp Hobby as its first director. Hobby was an experienced business executive, former editor of the Houston Post, mother of two and wife of William Hobby, a former Texas governor. An active... Read more
AIRMAN 1ST CLASS JAMES THOMPSON, 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs
March 2, 2017
CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — African-American influence is infused with the American culture foundation, and transcends generations of segregation and oppression. African-American authors, civil rights activists and even Air Force pilots forged the way forward, and broke down racial barriers through literary influence, civil rights demonstrations and service to country.To commemorate and... Read more


Commentary: Every Airman has a story...

February 23, 2017
(Editor’s note: Earlier this month, Senior Airman Hackford shared her Air Force story during the 75th Air Base Wing commander’s call. Every Airman--military or civilian--has a story. This is her Air Force story.)Good day, I’m Senior Airman Rebecca Hackford and I’m excited to be here and share with you my Air Force story. I was born and raised in the small beautiful coastal town of North Bend... Read more

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