Commentary

SENIOR AIRMAN SATURNINO VILLARREAL, Airman Recreation Center director
September 29, 2016
 The Hill AFB First Four Council was approached by the Top of Utah Military Affairs Committee in 2015 about their desire to help renovate the Airman Recreation Center here. At the time, the First Four Executive Council agreed to the idea and started working on a continuity binder for the project. The binder, which held the ideas regarding renovation wishes and priorities, was completed and... Read more
Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross, Air Force News Service
September 29, 2016
 Nearly three years into her tenure as the Air Force’s top leader, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James reaffirmed that people continue to be her top priority during her State of the Air Force address at the Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference Sept. 19, in National Harbor.James also addressed key issues such as reversing downsizing efforts, modernization of aircraft and... Read more
September 22, 2016
During the fall months, Air Force Materiel Command will promote its managing anger campaign. Managing anger is the process of learning to recognize signs that you’re becoming angry, and taking action to calm down and deal with the situation in a positive way.Anger is a natural emotion felt by everyone from time to time, and can be felt when we are frustrated, hurt, annoyed, or disappointed. Anger... Read more


Commentary: #BeThere before the call

MASTER SGT. WENDY BARRAZA, Headquarters Individual Reservist Readiness and Integration Organization
September 22, 2016
When the phone rings in the middle of the night, it’s like an alarm going off in your brain. No one calls at one in the morning to say they were “just thinking of you.”I received one of those calls 13 years ago and woke to my mom telling me my dad had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The words didn’t sink in right away; I had to ask her to repeat herself. I can’t image the difficulty she... Read more
LT. GEN. LEE K. LEVY II, Air Force Sustainment Center
September 15, 2016
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Fellow Airmen, Sunday was the 15th anniversary of one of the darkest days in our nation’s history.  On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, our nation and our way of life came under attack.  Since then, our lives have changed in many ways, but we still stand united as Americans. This past weekend there were memorial events and remembrance ceremonies across the... Read more
September 15, 2016
WASHINGTON — Consistent with the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, the President’s formal response to the Commission on Care was transmitted to Congress. As the President has said, “a sacred covenant exists between Veterans and this nation: servicemen and servicewomen take an oath to protect our country, and in turn, our nation pledges to take care of them when they leave... Read more
September 15, 2016
FORT LEE, Va. — Fifteen years ago this month, commissaries felt the effects of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on America, as DeCA worked with the military to keep the grocery pipeline open.In the wake of the attack, then DeCA Director Maj. Gen. Robert J. Courter Jr. contacted military leaders to ensure commissaries would be open to serve the troops and their families amid heightened security at... Read more
September 8, 2016
Our water system recently exceeded a drinking water standard.  Although this incident was not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation. American Water, the water system operator at Hill Air Force Base, is required by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality to routinely sample water at... Read more
MARISA NOVOBILSKI, Air Force Research Laboratory
September 8, 2016
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — A need to address increases in petroleum costs with an environmentally friendly fuel source has led to a new way of looking at production — and the Defense Production Act Title III Program Office, part of the Air Force Research Laboratory, is playing a critical role in commercializing this technology.In simplest terms, a biofuel is a fuel produced from... Read more
MARK TORRES, Hispanic Heritage Committee Chair
September 1, 2016
Forty-eight years ago, a precedent was set in Hispanic-American culture. It began when President Lyndon B. Johnson officially established Hispanic Heritage Week, which has since evolved into a 31-day period starting Sept. 15 and ending Oct. 15. Now in its 14th year as  an officially recognized Department of Defense observance, the 2016 theme is “Embracing, Enriching, and Enabling... Read more