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

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