Commentary

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
Senior Airman Sarah Hall-Kirchner, 375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs
July 31, 2014
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. — Twenty-five B-24 Liberators were lost during his last mission during World War II. His airplane had been among those that went down when his crew had to ditch their plane over the North Sea. Luckily, he was rescued from the waters by an English air-sea rescue ship.Dale VanBlair sat and told me about his experiences during the war and beyond in a busy restaurant... Read more
75th Medical Group Resource Management Office
July 31, 2014
HILL AIR FORCE BASE – The 75th Medical Group Clinic needs our patients’ help.Under the Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1986, all military medical treatment facilities are mandated to bill health insurance carriers for the cost of medical care provided to active duty family members, retirees and family members who are covered by other health insurance. The 75th Medical Group Clinic must... Read more
Maj. Jeremiah Hammill, 821st Support Squadron commander
July 24, 2014
THULE AIR BASE, Greenland — Capt. Thomas Hammill was a Green Beret who served in Vietnam and Cambodia. I knew him as an uncle and hero; however, society had a different perception of him and the rest of the men and women who fought in Vietnam. Vietnam veterans returned to America and found protests, hate and labels such as “baby killer.” Thankfully, those days are over, but could we return... Read more


Commentary: Running: Chasing the high

Senior Airman Michael Smith, 17th Training Wing Public Affairs
July 24, 2014
GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — I hear it all the time: “I hate running.” To be honest, I didn’t like it too much either, until five years ago when it was taken away from me.My only goals back then were to run track for Clemson University and make it to the Olympics — running consumed me. I pushed myself to train six days a week, even through shin splints. Then, before I knew it, I had stress... Read more


Commentary: Embracing smart change

Col. Craig Rice, 75th Medical Group commander
July 10, 2014
I can’t get some slogans out of my head; slogan’s like Nike’s “Just Do It,” KFC’s “Finger Lickin Good,” and M&M’s “Melts in your mouth not in your hands.” For decades, military services have also employed slogans in their attempt to lure the best young men and women into their ranks. Many slogans, like the “duty, honor, country,” and “It’s Not Just A Job, It’s An Adventure,” were extremely... Read more