Commentary: His dream is my reality

SENIOR AIRMAN CEAIRA YOUNG, 23rd Wing Public Affairs
February 23, 2017
MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream with the world. Fast forward to the present day. When I wake up in the morning, I am his dream. I am black and every day I serve as an equal with my brothers and sisters in arms.Sixty years ago, as an African American, I wouldn’t have been able to freely pursue this career that I... Read more
Katie Lange, DOD News, Defense Media Activity
February 16, 2017
Of the 3,498 service members who have received the Medal of Honor throughout U.S. history, only 88 have been black.In recognition of African American History Month, we’re sharing the stories of the brave men who so gallantly risked and gave their lives for others, even in times when others weren’t willing to do the same in return.We’ll start with the first black recipient of the award: Army Sgt.... Read more
HOWARD E. HALVORSEN, Air Force Sustainment Center and 72nd Air Base Wing Historian
February 16, 2017
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Picture the scene: a group of 30 young men in the small town of Caro, Mich., getting their picture taken on the courthouse steps before leaving to serve their country. As they line up, the sheriff calls across the steps to say he had one more for the picture: Maynard Harrison Smith in handcuffs, fresh from his trial.Maynard Harrison Smith was born in the small town... Read more
TECH. SGT. CARLISLE BAPTISTE, African American Heritage Committee co-chair
February 9, 2017
HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The History Channel provides the following information on its website regarding Black History Month ( Read more

Commentary: Invisible wounds

SPECIAL AGENT PATRICK MCGEE, Air Force Office of Special Investigations Det. 631 commander
February 9, 2017
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — I’m an ambassador for the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program. As an ambassador, I’m an advocate for the program and I work in my local area to plan events which bring our wounded together. It’s a concept of family helping family. We are all in this great big Air Force family, and there are many of us who are still struggling with everyday life.... Read more
LT. GEN. STEVEN L. KWAST, Air University Commander and President
February 2, 2017
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — The U.S. Air Force is sitting at a nexus in which the world is becoming increasingly dangerous and complex, and our nation is asking us to do things that keep us busier now than ever before, yet we have fewer people now than at any point in our history—just over a third of what we had in the 1950s! To meet these challenges, American military leaders and members... Read more
DoD News
February 2, 2017
It’s good to be back and I’m grateful to serve alongside you as Secretary of Defense.Together with the Intelligence Community we are the sentinels and guardians of our nation. We need only look to you, the uniformed and civilian members of the Department and your families, to see the fundamental unity of our country. You represent an America committed to the common good; an America that is never... Read more
CHIEF MASTER SGT. RODNEY KOONCE, 75th Air Base Wing Command Chief
January 26, 2017
Count On Us! Those three simple, but bold words and motto of the mighty 75th Air Base Wing resonated with me as I was researching my future assignment here. After reading the mission, the storied history and defined vision of Hill Air Force Base, I knew immediately this is where I wanted to be. Let me re-phrase that; this is a place I had to be!When I read the words, Count On Us, I knew I... Read more
Airman 1st Class Shane Mitchell, 66th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
January 26, 2017
MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — Maybe you’ve seen some of the new posters going up around the base. They say things like “71% of airmen age 18 to 24 consume four or fewer drinks or no drinks with alcohol at parties or bars.” The same poster says “60% consume three or less.”I almost want to call “BS.” There’s no way, just from what I’ve seen in my own social groups, that the vast majority of... Read more
LT. COL. NELSON ROULEAU, 12 Airborne Command and Control Squadron
January 19, 2017
Robins Air Force Base, Ga. — I am of two minds when considering my time writing about leadership philosophy. On the one hand, I am bewildered as to what qualifies me to write about leadership. If I’ve learned anything from those who have taken time to teach me, it’s that leading is best done by the humblest of humans. On the other, I’ve been taught that a meaningful piece of leading is... Read more

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