Commentary

STAFF SGT. ANDREW DUREN, Team Hill Diversity Council Public Affairs
August 11, 2016
The Team Hill Diversity Council will bring together all the remembrances and cultural events celebrated throughout the year to the base’s first Diversity Festival. The festival will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 20 at Centennial Park. There will be music, cultural presentations, information booths and food. The event is open to everyone with access to the base.The Diversity Council has worked hard to... Read more
By MASTER SGT. ROBBIN ROBERTSON, 1st Communications Maintenance Squadron
August 4, 2016
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — I used to wonder if people would look at me different if they knew. Would they whisper about me? Would they tell others what happened? Does anyone actually have the guts to ask me what happened? Are they looking at me as the girl who’s related to a child killer?I’m sure they were. I’m sure they wanted to ask the questions; wanted to know the true story and all the... Read more
July 28, 2016
State parks and woodlands are favorite places for many people who enjoy outdoor activities. Unfortunately, contact with poisonous plants can make these outings a miserable experience.Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac all contain the plant oil urushiol, which can cause severe skin rash when any part of the leaves, stem or root is touched. Allergic reaction can occur directly by touching the... Read more
July 28, 2016
Regular physical activity is important for good health, and it’s especially important if you’re trying to lose weight or to maintain a healthy weight.When losing weight, more physical activity increases the number of calories your body uses for energy or “burns off.” The burning of calories through physical activity, combined with reducing the number of calories you eat, creates a “calorie... Read more
AIRMAN 1ST CLASS JORDYN FETTER, 35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
July 21, 2016
MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — Instead of the usual roar of F-16 Fighting Falcons preparing for another flight here, a soft, warm breeze skirting across the flightline carried the sound of tools clanking against metal. In the depths of a hangar, an Air Force crew chief worked diligently to solve the most recent maintenance challenge placed in his path.Staff Sgt. Beau Blackburn, a dedicated crew chief... Read more
AIRMAN NATHAN H. BARBOUR, 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
July 21, 2016
DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz.  —Leaving a career field can be a scary proposition for an Airman who has been performing and learning the ins and outs of their job for the better part of a decade. The new career they choose may or may not be a good fit.Despite that, Staff Sgt. Michael McNally, a 355th Maintenance Group scheduler, recently became eligible to retrain into another career... Read more
MAJ. GEN. ANDREW MUELLER, U.S. Air Force Chief of Safety
July 7, 2016
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — The summer months equate to a seemingly insatiable appetite to get outside and have some fun. Good weather, warm temperatures and the extra daylight hours instinctively drive people to a wide variety of outdoor activities — which, simply put, are a lot of fun.Summertime can be an enjoyable time to relax and recharge with family and friends. These enjoyable... Read more
SENIOR AIRMAN CHRISTIAN CLAUSEN, 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs
July 7, 2016
CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — My father served in the U.S. Navy as a sonar technician in the late ‘90s for three years. In those three short years, we lived in four states.“A lot of reasons factored into why I joined, but I think some of the major reasons were that I had a young family,” said my father, John. “I was 21, Christian’s mom was taking classes at Amarillo Community College and... Read more
GEN. ELLEN M. PAWLIKOWSKI, Air Force Materiel Command Commander
June 30, 2016
The Fourth of July is a day of celebration. Whether with parades, fireworks, backyard barbecues or enjoying a baseball game, we Americans will soon celebrate our nation’s birthday.Our founding fathers’ vision of a free nation was commemorated in 1776 in the Declaration of Independence. They believed all people have certain undeniable rights - the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of... Read more


Commentary: ACC: F-35 on track for IOC

TECH. SGT. STEVE STANLEY, Air Combat Command Public Affairs
June 30, 2016
The F-35A Lightning II is on track to declare initial operational capability between August and December.IOC is the first step Air Combat Command will take in bringing the F-35 online as the latest fifth-generation multirole fighter. In IOC configuration, the aircraft will be able to penetrate areas with developed air defenses, provide close air support to ground troops and be readily deployable... Read more

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