Commentary

ASHLEY PALACIOS, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Public Affairs
November 17, 2016
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — On Oct. 28, President Barack Obama signed a presidential proclamation declaring November to be “National Military Family Month.”“We must always be there for our service members and their families -- just as they are there for us,” Obama said in the proclamation. “Through the thickest of fights and the darkest of nights, our extraordinary military families... Read more


Commentary: My home away from home

AIRMAN SHAWNA L. KEYES, 4th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
November 17, 2016
SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. — Cancer. The word reaches your ears and your heart stops. Your blood chills and your breath catches. Cancer is never a word you want to hear, say, or wish upon anyone. But hear it, I did.It was early June of this year when I received a phone call I would never forget. I joyfully answered, wondering what it was about. The conversation started pleasantly,... Read more
GEN. ELLEN M. PAWLIKOWSKI, Air Force Materiel Command Commander
November 10, 2016
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill establishing Nov. 11 as Veterans Day. He stated, “I do hereby call upon all of our citizens to observe Nov. 11 as Veterans Day. On that day let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly on the seas, in the air and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom ...”... Read more
2ND JOHN STANLEY, U.S. Air Force Academy
November 10, 2016
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Take care of your Airmen.If you take care of your Airmen, everything falls into place. If your Airmen know you care about them and will do everything you can to help them, they work harder and perform better. You will see improvements in all areas of mission accomplishment because they will not want to let you down. Taking care of people doesn’t mean sweeping... Read more
November 10, 2016
Q:There are times when I come through the Roy Gate that traffic is backed up to the freeway and it takes more than 10 minutes to get through the gate. Is there any way we can double up the guards to get people through the gate faster so we are not late for work? A: Thank you for taking the time to elevate your concern. We are very concerned about your safety both on and off the installation... Read more
November 3, 2016
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. — October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In observance of this, this article discusses one citizen Airman’s experience to shed light on this issue.“I swear I would never have hit anyone, but her...”As I sat in our couple’s therapist’s office, my husband spoke the words that would one day become his motto. Statements were often preceded with, “I’ve never hit... Read more
November 3, 2016
The Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Open Season will run Nov. 14-Dec. 12.Health insurance representatives will hold a Health Fair at the Warrior Fitness Center from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 8-10 and again Dec. 6-8.Information regarding FEHB, Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP), and the Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS), along with 2017 premiums will be... Read more
ALLAN T. WOODS, 75th Air Base Wing Safety
October 27, 2016
HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- We are entering the time of year when scary creatures come out and walk the earth for one night. During Halloween, there are some things we really need to think about before our kids venture out among the spooky creatures to fill their bags with goodies. Our kids’ safety is priority #1.Start by selecting a safe costume. Some costumes are scary, cute or very cool.... Read more
TECH. SGT. AMELIA LEONARD, 439th Airlift Wing
October 27, 2016
WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. — During the past five years, I’ve made several bloody trips to the emergency room. As the mom of three young kids, blood and tears just seem to come with the territory. My oldest is only five-years-old and has already gotten staples, stiches, and glue adhesives to close wounds on his head. I’m definitely not a, “helicopter mom.” However, when it comes to car seat... Read more
GEN. DAVID L. GOLDFEIN, Air Force Chief of Staff
October 20, 2016
This paper is the second in a series to share my thinking behind three key CSAF focus areas over the next four years. As stated in the first paper, “Revitalizing Squadrons - the Heartbeat of the Air Force”, these ideas are neither revolutionary nor a significant vector change. Each align with our Air Force Future Operating Concept and Strategic Master Plan -- our strategic vision documents. They... Read more

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