Commentary

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
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