Commentary



Commentary: 'When September ends'

Lisette LeDuc, AFMC OL:H/PZA
August 29, 2013
  From a contracting office perspective, August and September have always been big months for us. A time for us to make sure all of our requirements are executed, contracts awarded and fiscal year dollars expended. We work comp time and overtime, often late into the night — especially the last few weeks of September. We take this time very seriously and somewhat dread the long days ahead... Read more
Linda Larsen, Federal Women's Program Manager
August 29, 2013
Each year Aug. 26, we celebrate "Women’s Equality Day." Across the nation there were events to commemorate this national day of observance and, unfortunately, too many people don’t know it’s really a celebration of the 19th Amendment. Yes, it’s a Constitution day. The amendment, passed May 1, 1919, is pretty simple: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be abridged... Read more
Aaron C. Clark, 75th Air Base Wing and installation historian
August 22, 2013
After ignoring the Potsdam Declaration that asked for the unconditional surrender of the Japanese Empire on July 26, 1945, Japan’s Emperor Hirohito felt the devastating repercussions of his choice the first two weeks in August. President Harry S. Truman stated, "Surrender or suffer prompt and utter destruction," and destruction at an unimaginable scale was employed by the Allied Forces. Soon... Read more
Russ Hinrichs, Army & Air Force Exchange Service, General Manager Utah Exchanges
August 8, 2013
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service celebrates a past, present and future of savings and service on July 25, the organization’s 118th anniversary. The Exchange’s dual mission of providing authorized patrons with quality merchandise and services at competitively low prices and generating non-appropriated fund earnings as a supplemental source funding for military morale, welfare and... Read more
Maj. Gen. Kurt Neubauer, U.S. Air Force Chief of Safety
August 1, 2013
As your new Air Force Chief of Safety, my sole purpose is to preserve our most critical asset — you! We’re halfway through the Critical Days of Summer campaign, an important milestone since we’ve historically seen an upsurge in fatalities in the second half of the season. We can help turn this trend around by keeping a strong safety outlook — in the air, on the ground, all the time. We Airmen... Read more
Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, Air Force Sustainment Center commander
August 1, 2013
  TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — The last couple of weeks I’ve been out and about in an attempt to really understand the furlough impacts. Unfortunately, travel restrictions have prevented spending time at each location, but the messages appear similar across the Center. It’s easy to see the mission degradation, but I really wanted to understand the first-hand personal impacts. I have been... Read more
Airman 1st Class Zachary Vucic, Air Force News Service
August 1, 2013
  FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. — Engaging in social media can be a positive experience that entertains, keeps people connected and allows opinions to be expressed on a wide variety of topics. In some cases though, social media can ruin personal reputations or careers, and create an open window for criminals to access personal information. According to the Air Force’s top social media expert... Read more
419th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
July 25, 2013
In late May, Col. Brian Silkey became the 419th Operations Group commander. Public Affairs recently sat down with Silkey to discuss his priorities for the group.   As the new OG/CC, what are your top three priorities?   My goal is to keep the OG ready for worldwide combat taskings in support of combatant commanders’ objectives and national security priorities. I’d like to get to know... Read more
By Gen. Larry O. Spencer, Air Force Vice Chief of Staff
July 18, 2013
Fellow Airmen, I need your help in fixing a problem that directly relates to our overall readiness — sexual assault. This is a problem each and every one of you has a part in solving. As Airmen in the world’s greatest Air Force, treating each other with dignity and respect is absolutely essential. Our mission effectiveness is built on trust and nothing can be allowed to violate that trust. We... Read more
Air Force News Service
July 11, 2013
WASHINGTON — Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III send the following furlough message to the Airmen of the United States Air Force: As you all know, Department of Defense civilian furloughs begin this week. With few exceptions, our civilian Airmen face involuntary furlough one day per week from the pay period starting July 8 through... Read more