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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
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