Commentary

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
CAPT. LOUIS A. PAGANO, JR., Robins Suicide Prevention Program
January 19, 2017
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. -Thomas A. Edison.Thomas A. Edison, is probably most well-known for his invention of the light bulb. What many don’t know is that he was a spectacular failure. He truly understood that no great success was achieved without failure along the way. Unfortunately, not everyone will be a prolific... Read more
LT. GEN. LEE K. LEVY II, Commander, Air Force Sustainment Center
January 12, 2017
Fellow Airmen — Happy New Year.This month we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a civil rights leader, a courageous patriot, and a man of integrity who espoused peaceful actions to obtain equality for African Americans in this country. Our nation’s founding fathers enshrined the idea of equal rights for all Americans in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident,... Read more
BRIG. GEN. STEVEN J.BLEYMAIER, Ogden Air Logistics Complex commander
January 12, 2017
HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — I am extremely proud of the professional Airmen of the Ogden Air Logistics Complex. In 2016, this world-class team’s contributions provided readiness to the warfighter and helped defend our nation’s freedom. Last fiscal year, by working together with our enterprise teammates we exceeded mission requirements by completing 451 of 450 scheduled and 34 unscheduled aircraft... Read more


Commentary: An Airman’s evolution

AIRMAN 1ST CLASS DEREK SEIFERT, 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs
January 5, 2017
JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — Swimming has never been a problem for me in the past, but this time was different. As I walked out of the locker room and saw the line of Soldiers and Sailors waiting and watching as fellow participants struggled to complete the swim, a feeling of anxiousness started to overwhelm me.I’ve never had to swim in full uniform. I also had physical training gear on... Read more
January 5, 2017
Q: What can be done to ensure motorists adhere to posted speed limits in base housing?A: Safety is our concern for all on Hill AFB. The 75th Security Forces Squadron has put out the speed cart on Liberty Way to put more awareness of the speed limits in base housing and to further deter speeders. The 75th SFS can push patrols into housing to focus on trouble areas; however, when other precedent... Read more