Commentary



Commentary: Rosie the Riveter and me

STAFF SGT. ALEXANDRA M. LONGFELLOW, 509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs
March 26, 2015
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. — As we recognize Women’s History Month this March, I am struck by the thought that heroes and role models do not have to be one single person but, in fact, can be several people. For me, this truth is especially relevant.During World War II, many women opted to take on male-dominated trades to support their families while their husbands fought in the war. This was a... Read more
March 26, 2015
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Air Force Assistance Fund is an annual effort to raise funds for the charitable affiliates that provide support to our Air Force family in need (active duty, retirees, reservists, guard and our dependents, including surviving spouses). The charitable affiliate organizations provide support in an emergency, with educational needs or a secure retirement home for widows or... Read more
March 26, 2015
Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, I am not sure that this amounts to a minus-3, but I confess it is vexing to me. I am a retired USAF Colonel and recently I had occasion to refinance my home in Florida. Thereafter, I began receiving almost daily solicitations to “refinance” my mortgage that I had just refinanced with USAA. The mail solicitations used every attempt imaginable to give the appearance of U.S... Read more
March 19, 2015
Since 1942, the Air Force Aid Society has helped Airmen and their families in times of need.It may be for an everyday expense like a utility bill, something far more unexpected like the need to fly home for a family funeral, or a request for a special piece of medical equipment to improve the quality of life for a disabled child. Whether your emergency is big or small, AFAS is here to help — just... Read more
Master Sgt. Lamont Williams
March 19, 2015
“The Emperor’s New Clothes” is a Danish tale by Hans Andersen written in 1837. The short version of the story is as follows: A vain Emperor who cared only about wearing the finest clothes was approached by two con men who promised to make him the best suit ever seen. This suit was to be woven from a fabric so spectacular that it would be invisible to the unwise and incompetent. The emperor... Read more
March 19, 2015
Q: I’ve been experiencing a problem with my work phone for the last two months. Intermittently, the distant end transmit becomes garbled, forcing me to hang up and re-establish the call. The problem happens anywhere from one to four times daily on both on-base and off-base calls. This is evidently a base-wide problem and has been very disruptive and annoying. How much longer is it going to take... Read more
March 19, 2015
Q: I would like to voice a concern regarding random vehicles searches for base entry. I am a resident of Hill AFB and am not a civilian employee or active-duty service member. I truly understand and appreciate the efforts and intent of the procedures; however, I want to know if there is a way to execute the policy without overburdening the same unlucky, random vehicle. This embarrassing,... Read more
March 12, 2015
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Air Force Assistance Fund is an annual effort to raise funds for the charitable affiliates that provide support to our Air Force family in need (active duty, retirees, reservists, guard and our dependents, including surviving spouses). The charitable affiliate organizations provide support in an emergency, with educational needs or a secure retirement home for widows or... Read more
March 12, 2015
The 2015 Air Force Assistance Fund campaign is now through April 10. For more information about the campaign, contact your unit representative, 1st Lt. Peter Saunders, at peter.saunders.1@us.af.mil, or Master Sgt. Herman Ray, at ray.herman@us.af.mil.• 75 ABW — Senior Master Sgt. Holly Jensen/ Master Sgt. Joseph Rodriguez, holly.jensen@us.af.mil/ joseph.rodriguez.1@us.af.mil• 84 RADES — Tech. Sgt... Read more
March 12, 2015
Q: Sir, a few years ago the base installed a nice new vehicle semi-trailer truck inspection facility at the Roy Gate. When you came in the gate, the lights were on in the facility and it looked nice. Now the structure has been damaged and the cover is being destroyed by the sun and high winds that blow through. Are there any plans to repair or remove this facility? I just wonder what the public... Read more

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