Commentary

GENERAL ELLEN PAWLIKOWSKI, Air Force Materiel Command Commander
June 2, 2016
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio—For many of us, Memorial Day kicks off the summer season. Families will gather for cookouts, go boating or swim at the pool. While you enjoy these activities, please be mindful of your safety. But as we spend time with friends and family, let us be reminded of the most important meaning of this day.Established in 1868, Memorial Day was a day set aside to... Read more
SENIOR MASTER SGT. CLAUS PERIS, 660th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
June 2, 2016
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — If you’ve been around long enough, you’ve heard the phrase “Mission first, people always.” Today’s Airmen are busy. Whether its high ops tempo, constant deployments or low manning, our Airmen are being asked to do more and more every day. Nothing is more important than accomplishing the mission — except for taking care of the people you supervise.For me... Read more
A captain who cares
May 19, 2016
Eyes roll, irritation begins, and we can predict what will be said. These are common reactions to the numerous Sexual Assault Prevention and Response briefings we all have to endure annually, or more often, as part of the Air Force … but why? Why has SAPR become so humdrum, so status quo and so disregarded?Now, imagine the person you care for the most — your spouse, sibling, best friend or child... Read more
JAMES STODDARD, Special Agent in Charge, AFOSI PF Detachment 2
May 19, 2016
As employees of the Air Force, we are all very aware to external threats to the Air Force mission. When we drive onto the base, we see what our force protection posture is, when we log onto our computers, we see what our information protection posture is — and we even get notices of severe weather! But, have you ever stopped to think about what threats jeopardize your individual duties? “... Read more
KENJI THULOWEIT, 412th Test Wing Public Affairs
May 12, 2016
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — I can’t remember an election season with so many televised debates and candidates. The drama, the excitement, the language; ouchies.We are in full speed this election season, and once we’re down to two candidates, we’re going to be in maximum overdrive.Although the presidential election is not until Nov. 1, 2016, this might be a good time to review some provisions... Read more
COL. TONY CLAVENNA, 62nd Maintenance Group commander
May 12, 2016
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — Every day, I have the privilege of working with Aerial Porter Airmen and Maintainers generating safe and reliable aircraft for the 62nd and 446th Airlift Wings. The business of logistics and maintenance are risky and present many hazards, some even life-threatening. In order to mitigate those threats, as the Maintenance Group commander, I demand and rely on... Read more
STAFF SGT. MARLEAH MILLER, 1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs
May 5, 2016
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — The first thing I remember about that day is the large cloud of white smoke from his tires skidding across the pavement, trying to stop on a dime. When I could finally turn around and get to him, he was struggling to breathe, and I could only hear the gurgling from the fluids that had rushed into his lungs.As we tried to keep him conscious, a good Samaritan who happened to... Read more
CAROLYN HERRICK, 943rd Rescue Group Public Affairs
May 5, 2016
DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — When I was the spouse of a Reservist (which was the better part of my five years of marriage), I didn’t get it. My husband would work his normal work week, then square away his uniform on Friday night for drill on Saturday and Sunday. Come Monday morning, he was back at work, and I had no concept of the toll it took — until I became a Reservist with a... Read more
CHIEF MASTER SGT. JACK JOHNSON JR., NATO Allied Command Transformation
April 28, 2016
We were all created different. We think differently, perceive things differently, and interpret success and failure through very different lenses. At each person’s unique period in life, they begin to look back, wondering if they truly made a difference. For many, that difference can only be defined by one’s self, regardless of achievements, big or small. The “should have”, “could have” and... Read more
CMSgt STEVE K. MCDONALD, ACC Command Chief
April 28, 2016
In March 1983, I was 16 years old and a senior in high school. I had a sister who was 17 and a brother who just turned 19. Through interesting circumstances, we were all seniors together. On Sunday, March 4, 1983, my brother committed suicide. That was a tough time for our family. I have always wondered how different my life would be if I still had a big brother. This letter is an attempt to... Read more

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