Commentary

LT. GEN. LEE K. LEVY II, Air Force Sustainment Center
May 25, 2017
AFSC Airmen, on Armed Forces Day we thank those who are serving.On Veterans Day we say thank you to those who served.On Memorial Day we honor and remember those who served in the Armed Forces and gave all of their tomorrows for our todays.We only have to look around us to see what we have, but Memorial Day is when we remember why. Amazing men and women from the beginning of our history as a... Read more
JASON MARSH, 75th Air Base Wing Legal Office
May 25, 2017
Over the past few years several states and the District of Columbia have decriminalized the use of marijuana for medicinal and/or recreational purposes. It might be tempting given this climate to dismiss or diminish the use or possession of marijuana by federal employees. Don’t fall for it!Federal law still categorizes marijuana as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substance Act. It is... Read more
DR. HEATHER A. WILSON
May 25, 2017
I am grateful for the freedoms we enjoy and it will be an honor to serve with you as Secretary of the Air Force.In every generation, able volunteers step forward to protect the rest of us. Highly skilled and willing to defend the nation at all costs, you and your families represent the best of what it means to be an American. Under the guidance of Secretary of Defense Mattis and with the... Read more
May 25, 2017
Q: Could you please enlighten me about the apparent changes to lane availability at the Roy Gate in the mornings? 1) On Friday there was only one lane open, then there were two lanes open. There are no lights above the main lanes so people can’t tell which lane is open. 2) On another day there were only two lanes open, then the third lane did open. What are the timings to the apparent lane... Read more
STAFF SGT. NESHA HUMES, 86th Airlfift Wing Public Affairs
May 18, 2017
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Staff Sgt. Martha Otto’s excitement began to soar as a helicopter landed at Kakuma refugee camp in North-west Kenya, November 2000. The former South Sudanese refugee and recent 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron training manager survived gruesome attacks caused by Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), and waited anxiously for her and her older brother’s departure... Read more
STAFF SGT. NESHA HUMES, 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
May 11, 2017
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — As a child, worrying about where or when you’re going to eat your next meal shouldn’t be a thought, yet for one Ramstein Airman, it was only one of her countless fears.Staff Sgt. Martha Otto is one of millions of Sudanese refugees who fled their homes due to unrest caused by Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The LRA made news for and still targets civilians... Read more


Commentary: Share the road

Allan Woods, 75th Air Base Wing safety manager
May 4, 2017
A near miss is an unplanned event that did not result in injury, illness or damage, but had the potential to do so. Only a fortunate break in the chain of events prevented an injury, fatality or damage.At one time or another, we are all pedestrians. As pedestrians we hope the vehicle operators around us are paying attention while driving to help keep us safe as we utilize crosswalks. Knowing that... Read more


Commentary: Days of Remembrance

TECH. SGT. SARAH MCGOWAN, 21st Space Wing Equal Opportunity Office
May 4, 2017
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Like many of the special observances we partake in each year, the Holocaust remembrance exemplifies a significant time of human suffering. This time has become a reminder for us to take a moment of silence and reflect on the impact of the slaughter that nearly wiped out an entire community.The Days of Remembrance falls on April 23-30 this year and is one of the... Read more
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