Commentary

COL. TODD L. OSGOOD, 379th Expeditionary Medical Group
February 4, 2016
AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar — Good communication is a key element of successful organizations. As leaders, managers, or supervisors, we’re sometimes so focused on communicating the “what” or the “how” that we fail to explain why the work someone is doing is so important.Other times, we make decisions that impact work priorities or cause significant change, but don’t explain “why.”There are many... Read more
CHIEF MASTER SGT. MIKE HEATH, 30th Medical Group
February 4, 2016
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Will you make a difference in someone else’s life today? We have all heard someone say, “Take care of your people and their families.” Have you ever stopped to think why we hear this so often?As Airmen, our No. 1 responsibility is to accomplish the mission. However, without smart, dedicated, hard-working people and the unconditional support of their families,... Read more
AIRMAN 1ST CLASS CONNOR J. MARTH, 366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
January 28, 2016
MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — My legs wobbled as the grueling gusts of wind forced me to take a knee. I looked ahead as tears welled in my eyes from the harsh wind. I was almost there, but my poor planning was starting to affect things.The sun was setting, which meant I was losing light fast. With each step, the shadows became longer. I knew I had to make a decision, turn back now and... Read more


Commentary: The courage to continue

CHAPLAIN (LT. COL.) DWAYNE A. JONES, 99th Air Base Wing Chaplain
January 28, 2016
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — Every Airman has a story, what is your story? Some stories are so compelling and powerful they can change your life. Maybe your story and life experiences can change someone else’s life. On Jan. 21, Nellis Air Force Base sponsored a Storytellers event where real Airmen told real stories. Storytellers is designed to encourage Airmen to be more resilient in... Read more
BRIG. GEN. CRAIG LA FAVE, Total Force-Continuum Office
January 21, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. — “See all those contrails heading north, captain?” the salty lieutenant colonel asked me on Jan. 16, 1991.“Yes sir!” I replied, flying as a brand-new aircraft commander in the C-141B Starlifter.The contrails covered the darkening sky and seemed like hundreds of fingers reaching north into Iraq to grab Saddam Hussein. “That means we are at war,” said the colonel, as the cockpit... Read more
STAFF SGT. MICHAEL BATTLES, 39th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
January 21, 2016
INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey — The word “volunteer” is defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service.”In a given week, I’m asked three to four times why I volunteer my personal time as much as I do to organizations that are not my primary duty. The answer has and will always be the same: that the organizations I... Read more


Commentary: New year, new you?

AIRMAN 1ST CLASS DENISE NEVINS, 28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs
January 14, 2016
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. — Have you ever gone into the new year certain this will be the year you change your life for the better, but after just a few weeks, you fall right back into the same habits? Well, you are not alone.According to John Norcross, a distinguished professor of clinical psychology at the University of Scranton, approximately 40 to 45 percent of Americans make resolutions... Read more
MASTER SGT. ROBBIN ROBERTSON, 1st Communications Maintenance Squadron
January 14, 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


Commentary: A puzzle called ‘me’

SENIOR AIRMAN SHANE MITCHELL, 366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
January 7, 2016
MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — It was early October when I entered the waiting room, and I wasn’t in the best of moods. The past two months had been the worst of my life; I made some very poor decisions and my personal, financial and professional stress was unmanageable. I put myself between a rock and an even bigger rock; a “hard place” would have been a relief.Hell, at one point, I even... Read more
Wayne L. Welninski, 75th Force Support Squadron
January 7, 2016
It was a pleasant day, that Tuesday. We had just finished our morning roundtable and were on our way to our respective divisions. My friend didn’t look well ... kind of pale, maybe ashen … and kind of sweaty. In fact, he was pouring sweat.  I asked him, “Are you OK?”  He said he was fine, “just a little tired.”  He stumbled and seemed to conserve strength by leaning against... Read more

In The Know

In The Know Family days for 2016AFMC has designated the following days as “AFMC... more