Commentary

AIRMAN 1ST CLASS JORDYN FETTER, 35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
July 21, 2016
MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — Instead of the usual roar of F-16 Fighting Falcons preparing for another flight here, a soft, warm breeze skirting across the flightline carried the sound of tools clanking against metal. In the depths of a hangar, an Air Force crew chief worked diligently to solve the most recent maintenance challenge placed in his path.Staff Sgt. Beau Blackburn, a dedicated crew chief... Read more
AIRMAN NATHAN H. BARBOUR, 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
July 21, 2016
DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz.  —Leaving a career field can be a scary proposition for an Airman who has been performing and learning the ins and outs of their job for the better part of a decade. The new career they choose may or may not be a good fit.Despite that, Staff Sgt. Michael McNally, a 355th Maintenance Group scheduler, recently became eligible to retrain into another career... Read more
MAJ. GEN. ANDREW MUELLER, U.S. Air Force Chief of Safety
July 7, 2016
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — The summer months equate to a seemingly insatiable appetite to get outside and have some fun. Good weather, warm temperatures and the extra daylight hours instinctively drive people to a wide variety of outdoor activities — which, simply put, are a lot of fun.Summertime can be an enjoyable time to relax and recharge with family and friends. These enjoyable... Read more
SENIOR AIRMAN CHRISTIAN CLAUSEN, 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs
July 7, 2016
CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — My father served in the U.S. Navy as a sonar technician in the late ‘90s for three years. In those three short years, we lived in four states.“A lot of reasons factored into why I joined, but I think some of the major reasons were that I had a young family,” said my father, John. “I was 21, Christian’s mom was taking classes at Amarillo Community College and... Read more
GEN. ELLEN M. PAWLIKOWSKI, Air Force Materiel Command Commander
June 30, 2016
The Fourth of July is a day of celebration. Whether with parades, fireworks, backyard barbecues or enjoying a baseball game, we Americans will soon celebrate our nation’s birthday.Our founding fathers’ vision of a free nation was commemorated in 1776 in the Declaration of Independence. They believed all people have certain undeniable rights - the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of... Read more


Commentary: ACC: F-35 on track for IOC

TECH. SGT. STEVE STANLEY, Air Combat Command Public Affairs
June 30, 2016
The F-35A Lightning II is on track to declare initial operational capability between August and December.IOC is the first step Air Combat Command will take in bringing the F-35 online as the latest fifth-generation multirole fighter. In IOC configuration, the aircraft will be able to penetrate areas with developed air defenses, provide close air support to ground troops and be readily deployable... Read more
Senior Airman Hailey Haux, Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information
June 30, 2016
Stealing a moment of silence, looking into the eyes of his wife, he takes a deep breath and prepares for what’s to come.Standing tall and proud, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III walks into a hangar in front of hundreds of onlookers, all there to bid him farewell.After 40 years of service, Welsh retired from the Air Force during a ceremony June 24 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.... Read more
Psychological Health Director, 914th Airlift Wing, DANIEL NORTON
June 23, 2016
(Editor’s note: In today’s world, we see violence in our society, on a regular basis on TV and even in our own communities. It is more important than ever to monitor your mental health and care for yourself emotionally and seek services if you need them, especially in light of events like the recent nightclub terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida. Daniel Norton, director of psychological health at... Read more
By VOLUNTEER IN THE PHYSICAL FITNESS TESTS AND STANDARDS STUDY, Air Education and Training Command Public Affairs
June 23, 2016
(Editors note-The following is a commentary by a female who completed a Physical Fitness Tests and Standards study at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The Airman was a volunteer in the fitness study, which supports the Air Force’s Women in Service Review. The study aims to scientifically establish occupationally-specific, operationally-relevant physical fitness standards for Battlefield... Read more
June 23, 2016
Q:  I would  like to know why, in the wake of the University California, Los Angeles shootings that doors that swing outward have not been looked at as a security issue. Bldg. 238 has some of these doors. The Quality Assurance office is one. Please let me know if this will be looked into. This issue has been brought up to prior supervision but not resolved. Thank You.A: In examining the... Read more

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