Commentary

February 26, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — On Feb. 19, 2015, Bruce Young was posthumously awarded the American Society of Military Comptrollers, Chapter Leadership Award for 2013 from the ASMC National Headquarters in Arlington Virginia. Bret Poll, 75th Air Base Wing deputy comptroller, presented this special award as Utah Chapter ASMC leaders and comptroller squadron members were on hand to commemorate the... Read more
February 26, 2015
Q: I would like to say that closing the sauna in the Warrior Fitness Center “indefinitely” because one person misused it (put a towel over the rocks) is a very poor way to handle the situation. Punishing everyone for the actions of one person is neither fair nor reasonable, and it’s very demoralizing to the thousands of us who didn’t do anything wrong. I wish management would reconsider this.... Read more
February 26, 2015
By Health Promotions OfficeHILL AIR FORCE BASE — Although Feb. 16-22 was officially designated “Through With Chew Week” to call attention to the dangers of using chew, including chewing tobacco and snuff, the Hill Air Force Base Health Promotions Office said it’s never too late to stop.Most people chew or suck the tobacco, also known as dip, in their mouth and spit out the tobacco juices that... Read more
Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute
February 19, 2015
PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Black History Month, or Nati onal African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role they have played in U.S. history.The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the 13th Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. Few could have imagined African... Read more
LT. COL. SEAN BITTNER, 514th Flight Test Squadron commander
February 12, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Many Utahns have seen the A-10, F-16, F-22, F-35 and C-130 aircraft flying around Hill AFB and the Ogden-Salt Lake City area from time to time.What you may not realize is that the majority of these aircraft are flown by the pilots and air crew of the 514th Flight Test Squadron, 413th Flight Test Group, in support of the Ogden Air Logistics Complex mission. While small in... Read more


Commentary: I really shouldn't be here

CAPT. DAVID LIAPIS, 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
February 12, 2015
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — A couple of feet and a half a second. These may seem like insignificant measurements; but when combined with fatigue, a couple of feet almost cost me my career, and that half a second almost ended my life.There was a time when I was an enlisted aircraft electrical and environmental systems specialist and was part of the 19th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, at Joint... Read more
BRIG. GEN. KATHLEEN COOK, Director of Public Affairs, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force
February 5, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On a Saturday afternoon in late November, I was informed about a political remark that appeared on my Director of Public Affairs Twitter feed. A staff member called to ask if I was aware of the retweet. At the time, I was on leave, out of the state, tending to my daughter who had had surgery the day before. I was unaware of the retweet and when told of its substance, I... Read more
LT. COL. JOHN C. LOFTON III, PH.D.
February 5, 2015
“Make a career of humanity … and you will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.”This quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in itself summarizes the philosophy and actions he took, as he lived and gave his very life for the equality of all mankind. His legacy bears the mark of a high call to strive toward making peace, justice for... Read more


Commentary: Air Force Enlisted Village:

SENIOR MASTER SGT. BILL FORTENBERRY, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) First Sergeant
January 29, 2015
(The Air Force Enlisted Village is one of four organizations supported by the Air Force Assistance Fund campaign, which will kick off at Hill Air Force Base on March 2.)DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — I first visited the Air Force Enlisted Village as a young first sergeant in 2009, when I was stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. I went to visit with the Tyndall Active Airmen’s... Read more
STAFF SGT. MARIA BOWMAN, 375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs
January 29, 2015
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. — When I was a teenager, I saw a movie about a college student who was raped by her brother’s fraternity brother at a party. I remember being saddened by what happened to her; not only by the act of sexual assault, but by how the school’s administrators and students treated her when she decided to come forward. The school didn’t want to believe her, because her... Read more