Commentary: Be of good character

BRIG. GEN. KARL MCGREGOR, U.S. Air Forces Central
February 25, 2016
AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar — “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character,” said Martin Luther King Jr., in one of his most famous speeches.Character is what’s deep inside each of us, it’s who we are on a daily basis, it’s who we are when things go well and more importantly... Read more
Jim Garamone, DOD News, Defense Media Activity
February 25, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Talk about the United Service Organizations and people think it is some holding company, but mention USO, and all Americans know it’s a way for them to connect with service members.Retired Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the chairman of the USO Board of Governors and former Army chief of staff, estimated that the USO has served more than 35 million Americans over its history.The... Read more
Sean Kimmons, Air Force News Service
February 25, 2016
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. — The head of Operation Inherent Resolve’s air campaign said Feb. 18 the “most precise air campaign in history” has severely hurt terrorist plans across Iraq and Syria, with more airstrikes to come.“There is no doubt coalition airpower has and continues to dramatically degrade Daesh’s ability to fight and conduct operations,” Lt. Gen. Charles Brown Jr., commander of U.S... Read more
CHIEF MASTER SGT. MATT PROIETTI, 3rd Combat Camera Squadron
February 25, 2016
THOMASVILLE, Ga. — Winter is the busiest time of year at a black history museum here named after its founder — a city native and retired Airman, who remains the driving force behind the collection of more than 5,000 items, most of them acquired locally.“We have so many visitors in February for Black History Month that we can’t handle them all,” retired Chief Master Sgt. James Roosevelt “Jack”... Read more
February 25, 2016
This month marks the 64th year of National Children’s Dental Health Month. Throughout February, thousands of dedicated dental professionals, health-care providers and others will promote the benefits of good oral hygiene to kids, parents, caregivers and teachers.The American Dental Association sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month each February by offering free downloadable information... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Correspondent
February 25, 2016
Earlier this month, an 11-hour transatlantic flight finally proved the F-35 can cross the pond.On Feb. 5, an F-35A flew across the Atlantic Ocean for the first time in the jet’s nine-year flight history. Taking off from Cameri Air Base, Italy, and stopping briefly in Portugal, Italian pilot Maj. Gian Marco landed the plane at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland just after noon Mountain... Read more
February 25, 2016
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas — The F-35 Lightning II fighter jet is touching down at three installations, and the Air Force Civil Engineer Center is paving the way.Luke Air Force Base, Arizona; Nellis AFB, Nevada; and Hill AFB have started receiving the highly anticipated new aircraft.“This fifth-generation aircraft brings a whole new level of incredible capabilities to our nation’s... Read more
February 25, 2016
OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — Four U.S. F-22 Raptors conducted a combined formation flight alongside South Korean F-15K Slam Eagles and U.S. F-16 Fighting Falcons here to demonstrate the capabilities of both nations Feb. 17, in response to recent provocative actions by North Korea.“The F-22 Raptor is the most capable air superiority fighter in the world, and it represents one of many capabilities... Read more
LEON MOORE, DLA Aviation Public Affairs Office
February 25, 2016
Defense Logistics Agency Director Air Force Lt. Gen. Andy Busch met with DLA Aviation leadership during his fiscal 2016 Annual Operating Plan review held Feb. 5 in Richmond, Virginia. The intent of the half-day work session was to provide a biannual assessment of DLA Aviation’s progress towards achieving its AOP goals and objectives and a look at the way ahead.Key leaders from DLA Headquarters... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Correspondent
February 25, 2016
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — The Pentagon says it has solved the problems associated with the F-35’s potentially dangerous ejection seat, but the fixes may take at least another year to be implemented.During a media roundtable event Feb. 10, in Arlington, Va., F-35 Joint Program Office Director Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan said three upgrades to the seat will allow the office to remove a flight... Read more

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