Commentary

Maj. Gregory Kantz, 374th Airlift Wing
May 21, 2015
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a first-person account by a C-130H Hercules aircrew member who landed in Kathmandu, Nepal, just moments before a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the country on April 25.KATHMANDU, Nepal — We were tasked with taking an 11-man special forces team from Kadena Air Base, Japan, to Kathmandu, Nepal, for a training exercise. After being cleared by air traffic control, we... Read more
Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, Air Force Materiel Command Commander
May 21, 2015
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — It was nearly 150 years ago that our nation first observed a day of remembrance for those who died in service to the United States of America.Over the years, more than 1 million American Soldiers, Sailors, Coast Guardsmen, Marines and Airmen have given their lives in defense of our great nation. We owe our freedom and a true debt of gratitude to the service... Read more
May 14, 2015
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — In 1978, Congress established Asian-Pacific American Heritage Week to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans to U.S. history and culture. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush extended the celebration to the entire month.On Oct. 23, 1992, Congress officially designated May of each year as Asian American and Pacific... Read more
Steve Serrette, 72nd Air Base Wing Safety Office
May 14, 2015
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, OKLA. — The laws of physics are frequently ignored in any given movie story, with someone taking a plunge from a great height being probably the most frequent offender.Writers tend to forget that it’s not the fall that kills you ... it’s the sudden stop at the end. Or to put it another way, your velocity can’t hurt you, until you try to change it.It’s probably happened to... Read more
Col. Scott Nowlin and Norm Leclair, AFSC Workforce Development Team
May 7, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Utah veterans are well-aware of the role that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics plays in providing the Department of Defense with the skilled workforce needed to defend our nation. They have seen firsthand how STEM-related systems, training and education has given the U.S. the most awesome military capability the world has ever known, and how it has enabled... Read more
Senior Master Sgt. Dave DeLauder, Hill AFB First Sergeants Council
May 7, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Do you want to know a secret about quarterly and annual awards? Do you want to know a secret about promotions in today’s Air Force? Do you want to know a secret about how to get a good paying job after the military? It’s actually something very simple to do, it’s not very expensive, and usually doesn’t take too much time. The secret is: Get your Community College of the Air... Read more
Micah Garbarino, 75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
April 30, 2015
Editor’s Note: Recently Hill AFB observed Holocaust Remembrance Week with a luncheon, a showing of “The Boy in Striped Pajamas,” a candlelight vigil, a “silent mile” 5K and a shoe drive.HILL AIR FORCE BASE  — I don’t have time. Lunch is too expensive. That movie is probably boring. These are a few of the things I heard in the run-up to the events of Holocaust Remembrance Week here. I was... Read more
April 30, 2015
The first annual Hill AFB Motorcycle Rodeo was a success. The event was hosted by the Rocky Mountain Green Knights, Chapter 67. The Hill Riders Association was also on hand to provide mentorship opportunities.There were four motorcycle vendors (Harrison Eurosports, Big Boy Toys, Tucker Speed and Carey’s Cycle), along with numerous food vendors. Also, the Utah Highway Patrol had two members of... Read more
April 30, 2015
Q: With the recent installation of speed humps and the continual road construction both on- and off-base, has any consideration been given to changing the southbound left-turn-only lane on South Gate Drive at 11th Street from left-turn-only to left-turn or straight? This would help alleviate the afternoon traffic jam when during peak traffic hours.A: Yes. Consideration has been given to the... Read more
Airman 1st Class Jessica H. Smith, 366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
April 23, 2015
MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — The word abuse often conjures images of bruises, swollen lips and harsh markings, but abuse is more than meets the eye. It can be much more than physical suffering and can have lasting effects on a person’s well-being.There are four types of abuse, explained Kristina Holubar, 366th Medical Group Family Advocacy Program assistant. “There’s emotional, physical... Read more