October 20, 2016
Air Force officials released transgender implementation guidance Oct. 7 addressing specific procedures for transitioning and requesting an official change in gender as well as associated guidance in areas ranging from medical and privacy issues to deployments, fitness standards, and dress and appearance.The guidance, available here, follows the secretary of defense’s announcement in June, which... Read more
October 13, 2016
In ongoing efforts to attract and retain the most innovative, skillful and strategically agile force today, Air Force senior leaders released the second memorandum to Airmen relaying new diversity and inclusion initiatives.The 13 new initiatives include notable efforts to raise the bar for geographically-separated military spouses, lengthen the early separation decision window for female Airmen... Read more
TECH. SGT. ROBERT BARNETT, Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs
October 13, 2016
A young woman paced herself as she ran around her neighborhood, her breath visible as the brisk morning air cycled through her lungs, the wind blowing her hair back, and her cheeks stinging from the elements. She dodged people walking their dogs, trash cans left out for pickup, and finally reached a pausing point where she took out her phone. Dressed in civilian workout attire, she performed... Read more
COL. DAVID CONDIT, Commander, 908th Airlift Wing
October 13, 2016
A few weeks ago while visiting one of our recruiting offices, I had the honor of enlisting a young woman while her proud parents looked on. She raised her right hand and swore an oath. She swore an oath to support and defend freedom. She swore and oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. That oath is steeped in the heritage and somber in its true meaning. Its serious... Read more
SENIOR AIRMAN SATURNINO VILLARREAL, Airman Recreation Center director
September 29, 2016
 The Hill AFB First Four Council was approached by the Top of Utah Military Affairs Committee in 2015 about their desire to help renovate the Airman Recreation Center here. At the time, the First Four Executive Council agreed to the idea and started working on a continuity binder for the project. The binder, which held the ideas regarding renovation wishes and priorities, was completed and... Read more
Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross, Air Force News Service
September 29, 2016
 Nearly three years into her tenure as the Air Force’s top leader, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James reaffirmed that people continue to be her top priority during her State of the Air Force address at the Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference Sept. 19, in National Harbor.James also addressed key issues such as reversing downsizing efforts, modernization of aircraft and... Read more
September 22, 2016
During the fall months, Air Force Materiel Command will promote its managing anger campaign. Managing anger is the process of learning to recognize signs that you’re becoming angry, and taking action to calm down and deal with the situation in a positive way.Anger is a natural emotion felt by everyone from time to time, and can be felt when we are frustrated, hurt, annoyed, or disappointed. Anger... Read more

Commentary: #BeThere before the call

MASTER SGT. WENDY BARRAZA, Headquarters Individual Reservist Readiness and Integration Organization
September 22, 2016
When the phone rings in the middle of the night, it’s like an alarm going off in your brain. No one calls at one in the morning to say they were “just thinking of you.”I received one of those calls 13 years ago and woke to my mom telling me my dad had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The words didn’t sink in right away; I had to ask her to repeat herself. I can’t image the difficulty she... Read more
LT. GEN. LEE K. LEVY II, Air Force Sustainment Center
September 15, 2016
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Fellow Airmen, Sunday was the 15th anniversary of one of the darkest days in our nation’s history.  On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, our nation and our way of life came under attack.  Since then, our lives have changed in many ways, but we still stand united as Americans. This past weekend there were memorial events and remembrance ceremonies across the... Read more
September 15, 2016
WASHINGTON — Consistent with the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, the President’s formal response to the Commission on Care was transmitted to Congress. As the President has said, “a sacred covenant exists between Veterans and this nation: servicemen and servicewomen take an oath to protect our country, and in turn, our nation pledges to take care of them when they leave... Read more

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