Commentary

September 15, 2016
FORT LEE, Va. — Fifteen years ago this month, commissaries felt the effects of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on America, as DeCA worked with the military to keep the grocery pipeline open.In the wake of the attack, then DeCA Director Maj. Gen. Robert J. Courter Jr. contacted military leaders to ensure commissaries would be open to serve the troops and their families amid heightened security at... Read more
September 8, 2016
Our water system recently exceeded a drinking water standard.  Although this incident was not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation. American Water, the water system operator at Hill Air Force Base, is required by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality to routinely sample water at... Read more
MARISA NOVOBILSKI, Air Force Research Laboratory
September 8, 2016
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — A need to address increases in petroleum costs with an environmentally friendly fuel source has led to a new way of looking at production — and the Defense Production Act Title III Program Office, part of the Air Force Research Laboratory, is playing a critical role in commercializing this technology.In simplest terms, a biofuel is a fuel produced from... Read more
MARK TORRES, Hispanic Heritage Committee Chair
September 1, 2016
Forty-eight years ago, a precedent was set in Hispanic-American culture. It began when President Lyndon B. Johnson officially established Hispanic Heritage Week, which has since evolved into a 31-day period starting Sept. 15 and ending Oct. 15. Now in its 14th year as  an officially recognized Department of Defense observance, the 2016 theme is “Embracing, Enriching, and Enabling... Read more
September 1, 2016
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 created a new military retirement system that blends elements of the legacy retirement system with a more modern, 401(k)-sty le plan. The new Blended Retirement System goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2018. It combines the legacy 20-year military retirement system in which the U.S. government provides monthly retired pay based on years... Read more
SENIOR AIRMAN CHIP PONS, Air Education and Training Command Public Affairs
August 25, 2016
 As the debate over a massive generational gap within the military becomes more prevalent, members within different generational groups should pause and consider what each contributes to mission success, rather than what makes one better than the other. Yes, I am technically a millennial; however, I am so much more than that and I do not take pride in being associated with the negative... Read more
August 25, 2016
We are well into the 2016 election year, so it’s helpful to review the rules pertaining to civilian employees under the Hatch Act, as well as the rules pertaining to military members.  Whether you are Team Trump or Team Clinton, these rules are essential to know in order to avoid the negative consequences of violations.   CIVILIAN PARTICIPATIONThe basic rule is that an... Read more
LT. GEN. LEE K. LEVY II, AFSC commander
August 18, 2016
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Airmen of the Air Force Sustainment Center, I had the privilege and honor of representing all of you last Friday at Hill AFB, Utah, as the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force presided over the F-35 Initial Operational Capability (IOC) ceremony. Below is a short announcement from Air Force Magazine that summarizes it very well.My message to... Read more


Commentary: CSAF letter to Airmen

GEN. DAVID L. GOLDFEIN, Air Force Chief of Staff
August 18, 2016
WASHINGTON — Fellow Airmen, I am now completing my first month as the 21st Chief of Staff. What an honor to serve with you! Attached is the first in a series of short papers I will share that outlines my thinking in key focus areas. You will find each in our Strategic Master Plan (SMP) and Air Force Future Operating Construct (AFFOC); and each nests nicely under SecAF’s priorities of: Taking... Read more
COL. SEAN P. LARKIN, National Air and Space Intelligence Center
August 11, 2016
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — We’re living in an age of hyper-connectivity. With sensors everywhere and supercomputers in our pockets, there’s a wealth of information available to everyone, whether it’s a review of a restaurant, an updated Air Force instruction or the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow (African or European). There are unofficial forums and social media groups... Read more

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