Commentary

Commentary

Commentary

Commentary

Commentary

Commentary

Commentary

Commentary

Commentary

Commentary

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


Commentary: ACTION LINE:

COL. JENNIFER HAMMERSTEDT, 75th Air Base Wing commander
March 30, 2017
We received several Commander’s Action Line comments about the West Gate delays on Tuesday morning following the traffic accident near the West Gate. We appreciate everyone’s concern and flexibility regarding the rerouting of traffic.  I understand many of you were on your way to work when you received the Alert message about the impacts to the gates. Please know that when an incident occurs... Read more
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