Commentary

SCOTT EDGE, 525th Electronics Maintenance Squadron
December 22, 2016
KADENA AIR BASE, Japan — The thought of serving the country overseas as a civilian had never crossed my mind, never seriously anyway. I had received previous email solicitations for civil service jobs overseas and had always deleted them.I read an email asking for interest in a job at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, and I deleted it. After all, I was settled in my current job at Robins Air... Read more
Air Force Materiel Command Health & Wellness Team
December 15, 2016
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — The holiday season is a time of year for family gatherings, office parties, and socializing with friends, but the holiday season is also known for being the deadliest season when it comes to buzzed driving. A driver’s license mixed with a few alcoholic beverages is dangerous. No one intends for alcohol-impaired accidents to happen, but they do.According to... Read more
ANTHONY POPE, Robins Airman and Family Readiness Center
December 15, 2016
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — The Holiday season is a wonderful time of celebration, time with family, and time of giving. Please enjoy this special time of year but be mindful the “giving” part can be done in countless ways. Many Americans find they have overspent and they spend several months of the new year trying to recuperate from the pile of debt. Remember it’s the season to reach out... Read more
December 15, 2016
Q: Is there a possibility of restoring the use of building 1277 as a fitness facility?  A: After researching the initial decision to close the Westside Fitness Center and looking into our current options, I’ve determined the decision to close this facility in its former capacity was indeed necessary.  The following is a brief explanation of why the Fitness Center in building 1277... Read more
Allan Woods, 75th Air Base Wing Safety
December 8, 2016
HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — Traveling during this past Thanksgiving holiday weekend gave us a small reminder of what is yet to come during the winter season. We have now reached the time of year when we all have to re-evaluate our driving skills and habits. That’s right; winter has managed to sneak up on us. We need to be aware of weather conditions we haven’t seen since last winter such as... Read more


Commentary: Safeguarding cyber assets

AIRMAN 1ST CLASS CHRISTOPHER MALDONADO, 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
December 1, 2016
SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — Every week, 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Airmen brief deploying Team Shaw members on cyber security and the dangers of over-sharing on social media. As someone who has attended dozens of such briefings and regularly monitors the wing’s social media pages, I have heard and seen firsthand the damage that irresponsible online behavior can cause. Ensuring that the... Read more
SENIOR AIRMAN BRANDON KALLOO SANES, 920th Rescue Wing Public Affairs
December 1, 2016
PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Grammy award-winning rap artist Drake in his song “Own it” said, “When was the last time you did something for the first time?” For me, that would have been the day I joined the military. It was a new, nerve-racking and challenging process. After visiting an Air Force Reserve recruiter, my military journey began. As my luck would have it, a half-day of medical... Read more
LT. GEN. LEE K. LEVY II, Air Force Sustainment Center commander
November 24, 2016
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Fellow Airmen, as the days draw shorter and the evenings colder, we enter the season of thanks and celebration.These days of thanks have long been a part of our American military history.  On November 1, 1777, the Continental Congress declared the first National Thanksgiving Proclamation. The military even declared days of thanks during the Revolutionary War... Read more
COL. JENNIFER HAMMERSTEDT, 75th Air Base Wing commander
November 24, 2016
With our first official snowfall on the books, we enter the holiday season!  As we approach Thanksgiving, I am reminded to take a second to reflect on all of the things I have to be thankful for…especially the “ordinary” things.Often times we are thankful when we have something “extraordinary” happen in our lives — either a hardship that turned out well, or perhaps an unexpected windfall of... Read more
SENIOR AIRMAN TOM BRADING, 315th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
November 24, 2016
JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. — Jimmy Stewart once said, “What’s wrong with wanting to fight for your country? Why are people reluctant to use the word patriotism?”What would Stewart, who proudly wore the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and the French Croix de Guerre with Palm, among other decorations, think of the term “patriotism” in... Read more

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