Commentary

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
Col. David Chiesa, 71st Medical Group
July 10, 2014
VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Remember the movie “Captain America?”The main character tried to join the Army under different names and in different cities, yet he was always denied because of his size and perceived notions about his abilities. This comic book hero eventually overcame his lack of physical attributes, and defeated the greatest threat of World War II — Hydra.Our Chief of Staff, Gen... Read more
Brig. Gen. Mark A. Brown, Comptroller, Air Force Materiel Command
July 3, 2014
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — As I depart for my new assignment as the 2nd Air Force commander at Keesler AFB, Miss., I can’t help but reflect on my previous assignments and what I’ve learned in my nearly 28 years of service.As a comptroller, I obviously pay a lot of attention to the budget environment. While current headlines might seem dire, today’s fiscal environment is typical of a... Read more
GEN. JANET C. WOLFENBARGER, Commander, Air Force Materiel Command
July 3, 2014
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio  — The Air Force is no stranger to challenging times. That’s certainly the case today where, in the current fiscal climate, much is outside of our control and we are faced with a great deal of uncertainty. As I weigh that uncertainty, though, it occurs to me that our challenges today aren’t so different from those faced by the founders of this... Read more
Chaplain (Capt.) Steve Cuneio, 75th Air Base Wing Chaplain Office
June 26, 2014
By Chaplain (Capt.) Steve Cuneio75th Air Base Wing Chaplain OfficeThe Air Force’s greatest asset is their Airmen. But let’s get right to the point: Military life is not easy! There are many weights being laid upon our Airmen today. Examples of some of these weights are: downsizing, continued deployments, force shaping boards, doing more with less, being overtasked, overwhelmed,... Read more
Special Agent Ryan Pfeifer, Air Force Office of Special Investigations Detachment 113
June 19, 2014
Did you know you are one of the most important assets in preventing a mass shooting, terrorist attack, espionage or other illegal activity? It’s true! Regardless of the training, experience or reach of any law enforcement agency, your daily observations are crucial. You are able to identify if a person, vehicle and/or activity is unusual or out of place. But unless you speak up and report it to... Read more
Lt. Col. Todd Robbins, 4th Fighter Squadron Commander
June 12, 2014
It is said an eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: “And this, too, shall pass away.” How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!— ABRAHAM LINCOLNIn April of 2013 the U.S. Air Force was forced to stand down many of... Read more
Staff Sgt. Steve Stanley, Headquarters Air Combat Command Public Affairs
June 12, 2014
LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — What will it take? What sort of cost? A monetary or personal property loss? Personal harm to yourself or someone you love? Will it take a loss of life?We’ve heard it over and over again, “have a plan” before drinking alcohol. The messages are given repeatedly at commander’s calls, mandatory training sessions, and in one-on-one discussions with supervisors; however,... Read more