Commentary

Commentary

Commentary

Commentary

Commentary

Commentary

Commentary

Commentary

Commentary

Commentary

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
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