Commentary

By Lt. Gen. Bruce A. Litchfield, Air Force Sustainment Center
October 9, 2014
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE - Okla. — Fall is here and it’s time for the Combined Federal Campaign.CFC raises millions of dollars each year to support family, friends, neighbors and communities who are in need.   This campaign has been in place since the 1960s and gives federal employees the ability to donate to their favorite charities through payroll donations with very low overhead — meaning... Read more
Staff Sgt. Amanda Dick, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs
October 9, 2014
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii — “You have cancer.” The three words no one, no matter their age, wants to hear. I happened to receive these words at the age of 29.Though I knew from the moment I found the lump in my breast it was cancer, I was in no way prepared to hear those words Oct. 4, 2013, — the day that forever changed my life.Breast cancer runs in my family. Both my mother and her... Read more
Cadet 2nd Class Steven Luna, U.S. Air Force Academy
October 2, 2014
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY. Colo. — America is great for a vast number of reasons and although we can point out many reasons why our country is so remarkable, I say we owe our success largely to our diverse backgrounds and cultures within our nation. This history of diversity has cast adaptability within our nation while forging the strength our country bears today. The Defense Department,... Read more


Commentary: Challenge accepted

Lt. Col. Brooke Rinehart, 75th Comptroller Squadron commander
October 2, 2014
Mr. Jason Yaley, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force’s Special Assistant, was recently quoted, “It’s time to become the Air Force we need to be, not the Air Force we used to be.”As a comptroller, I take this to heart.  For over a decade, we have heard that fiscal constraints will be our future, next year is certain to be worse than the last, reductions in Overseas Contingency Operations will... Read more
Capt. Relinda Hatcher, 31st Medical Operations Squadron
September 25, 2014
AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy — the month of September is National Suicide Prevention Month. However, many people are hesitant to get involved in the discussion on the topic of suicide prevention.This is concerning because the ability to get involved and intervene is critical to saving lives.Suicide and suicidal behavior affect all people, regardless of gender, race, sexual, or religious orientation.... Read more
Allan Woods, 75th Air Base Wing ABW Ground Safety Manager
August 14, 2014
The installation Motorcycle Safety Program has reached the halfway point of our annual motorcycle safety training season. We have completed 26 Motorcycle Safety Foundation courses this year. Unfortunately, we have observed very low rider attendance for our courses. In fact, so far we have had to cancel seven courses due to low rider participation. As a rule of thumb, we require a minimum of... Read more


Commentary: UTA, it works for me

Nathan L. Huven, 75th Security Forces Squadron
August 14, 2014
While certainly not for everyone, the new Utah Transportation Authority’s bus route on base works for me.I walk less than a block to a bus stop near my home in Pleasant View, Utah.  I ride that bus to the FrontRunner Station and ride the train to Clearfield. There I board the bus that enters the South Gate to Hill AFB and 15 minutes later I walk two minutes from a bus stop to my office. As I... Read more
319th Air Base Wing Public Affairs, Airman 1st Class Madison Sylvester
August 7, 2014
GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — As a young child, you don’t think much if someone doesn’t show up when they’re supposed to because you have better, more important things to worry about; like bugs and dolls. They’re just another shape flashing around you in your own little world.Occasionally, a child will stop and ask a question about the sky, their toys or where their parent is. The answer... Read more
Chief Master Sgt. Patricia Yelverton, 60th Medical Support Squadron superintendent
August 7, 2014
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Seeing the newly selected staff sergeants recently brought back memories of when I was selected for staff sergeant.Actually, my thoughts went to the night I graduated Airman Leadership School. As I crossed the stage after receiving my completion certificate, my co-workers gathered to congratulate me and shake my hand. My supervisor, Staff Sgt. Todd Mitchell, stayed... Read more
Staff Sgt. Jeremy Bowcock, 386th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs
August 7, 2014
SOUTHWEST ASIA – Let’s face it; every guy has an inner child screaming to get out. And what little boy doesn’t like ripping apart his toys and making a mess of things? But the older most men get the more expensive and fancier the toys.Senior Airman Christopher Moore, a vehicle mechanic with the 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron, is no exception. When it comes to tinkering and... Read more