Commentary

388th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Hilltop Times Staff
October 30, 2014
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — 388th and 419th Fighter Wing pilots began flying night missions Oct. 20-24, and projects future night flying to occur Nov. 3-18, Nov. 25 and Dec. 8-23. Local residents may hear F-16s flying during the night hours as pilots continue to hone their night-time combat flying skills.The active duty 388th FW and the Reserve 419th FW share a fleet of Block 40 F-16s, and are required... Read more
By Chief Master Sgt. Arvie McGinnis, Superintendent, 419th Mission Support Group
October 30, 2014
Author Stephen Covey described a principle he called the 90/10 principle. Ten percent of life is made up of what happens to you. Ninety percent of life is decided by how you react.We really have no control over 10 percent of what happens to us. We cannot stop the car from breaking down and the plane will be late arriving, which throws our whole schedule off.A driver may cut us off in the traffic... Read more
Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry O. Spencer
October 30, 2014
WASHINGTON — Just as Airmen broke the sound barrier and pioneered new paths to space, Airmen will pioneer new ways to prevent sexual assault in the Air Force. Preventing this crime is not easy; if it were, you, America’s Airmen, would already have eliminated it from our force. As we begin this new fiscal year, I ask for your help in pioneering new ways to prevent sexual assault in the force... Read more
Col. Ronald E. Jolly, 75th Air Base Wing and Installation commande
October 23, 2014
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Team Hill, the hour is upon us. Nearly 200 inspectors from Air Force Materiel Command will be here from Oct. 27-Nov. 10 to evaluate how well AFMC units, and other Team Hill partners, conduct our vital national defense mission. As the Air Base Wing commander, I have seen “great people doing great things” across this installation. I am excited for the inspectors to... Read more
Deborah Hall, 436th Medical Operations Squadron’s Family Advocacy Program outreach manager
October 23, 2014
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. — When life gets challenging, stressors can build and conflicts can escalate, sometimes leading to abuse. Preventing domestic abuse is fundamental to basic relationship maintenance. Partners in healthy relationships work together every day to nurture their relationship, taking care to address issues and concerns when they occur. Healthy relationships should be safe,... Read more
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