Commentary

To the Airmen of the United States Air Force: Bound by common purpose and driven by singular valor, our nation's service men and women exemplify the very best of our patriotic tradition. From "the shot heard round the world," in Lexington on April 19, 1775, to their exceptional deeds in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere today, our veterans -- past and present -- have served nobly, and deserve our... Read more
Gen. Donald J. Hoffman, Commander, Air Force Materiel Command
On Veterans Day, we honor those who have served in our nation's armed forces, as well as those who continue to serve. This being the Year of the Air Force Family, it's also appropriate that we acknowledge not only the service and sacrifices of our military veterans, but those of their family members as well. Deployments are tough on family members, multiple deployments more so. Veterans... Read more
Maj. Gen. Andrew Busch, Ogden Air Logistics Center commander
Next Wednesday, Nov. 11, we celebrate Veterans Day. Many of us will enjoy a day off, spent with friends and family -- but how many of us know what we're celebrating? Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day in 1919, commemorating the first anniversary of the end of World War I. It became a federal holiday two decades later, and only in 1954, after the Korean and second World War, did we declare a... Read more
Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Candler, OO-ALC/ 75th ABW Command Chief
As we approach Veterans Day, I'd like to share a few thoughts about those who I believe represent the Spirit of America ... our veterans, those warriors who resemble this spirit, and the incredible sacrifices our men and women make each and every day as you, like so many before, continue to demonstrate this spirit. I'll start by asking, do you ever rise up in the morning and wonder what you would... Read more
Gen. Roger A. Brady, Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- Every Airman knows integrity first is the foundational pillar of our core values, and we all understand what it means. We will always strive to do the right thing and be honest in all that we do. I also believe integrity carries with it the idea of consistency in how we conduct every aspect of our lives. Recently, I took the out brief of an off-duty vehicle accident... Read more
Col. Robert Lindell, Vice commander, 419th Fighter Wing
Every day, you are teaching leadership and ethics, good or bad, to the people around you. We all remember people in our past who were great leaders and the attributes that made them that way. It is up to supervisors and those in leadership positions to pass those lessons on to the next generation through thoughtful and deliberate mentoring. The idea of mentoring is ageless. The term mentor... Read more
Melinda M. Schmidt, AF Global Logistics Support Center Chief, Aircraft and Commodities Branch
The Combined Federal Campaign, or CFC, marks the beginning of fall for federal employees, each year. For 21 years now, I have participated, but to be honest, until accepting the responsibility as the Ogden Air Logistic Center's 2009 vice chairwoman for the program, and appointed as next year's CFC chairwoman, I hadn't really considered the worldwide impact that CFC makes and how it personally... Read more
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Folks, we need more vitality in our self-inspection process. I see pockets of excellence, but also many areas where IG inspections or Service Appointed Validators discover things that should have been self-discovered by the unit.Continuous improvement is part of our culture. We often inherit situations where compliance has lapsed, and on our watch, lapses... Read more
Capt. Lisa R. Whaling, 508th Aircraft Sustainment Squadron
I'ââve been stationed here over three years and have seen a large number people not paying the appropriate respect toward Retreat. Let me take this opportunity to give you some background about Retreat and the proper way to pay respect for our flag and nation.The tradition of sounding Retreat originated as a bugle call used by the French Army; Retreat was sounded at sunset to notify sentries of... Read more
Capt. Heather Wooten, 366th Maintenance Operations Squadron
MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- I majored in psychology in college, so Sigmund Freud was a fixture in many of my studies. I was constantly quizzed on Freud's theories of the id, ego and superego. Freud's theory of the ego stated that the ego developed later in childhood after needs were met and the child began to experience life.The ego was based on the reality principle; meaning our egos... Read more