Commentary

TOM KLOPOTEK, 388th Operations Group commander
April 18, 2013
Our Air Force continues to struggle with “blue-on-blue” tragedies like sexual assault, domestic violence and alcohol related incidents. Senior leaders are constantly seeking ways to connect to the Airmen we are charged to lead and look after and have devised countless creative, but ultimately ineffective, tools to attempt to educate, mentor and prevent... Read more
Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, Air Force Sustainment Center commander
April 18, 2013
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — You don’t have to look far to see the results of our hard work. As the news reports of North Korea flexing their muscles hits the stands, the United States has responded with muscles of our own.As the B-52s, B-2s and F-22s fly over South Korea they remind our adversaries of our world-class capabilities. When I see our aircraft flying, I’m reminded it’s because of... Read more
LT. KANDIS LUTZ, Hill AFB Deputy Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
April 18, 2013
Sexual assault in the military is increasingly coming under the spotlight, and rightfully so. It is an emotionally and physically destructive event in a person’s life which can cause posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, sleep disorders and eating disorders. Victims of rape also experience higher rates of drug abuse (self-medication), self-harm... Read more
SHARON HAMILTON, Director, Aerospace Sustainment Directorate, Ogden Air Logistics Complex
April 4, 2013
I am often asked where I get my passion from. And I answer, “I remember the warfighters and their families.” I then tell them my experience in life that emphasizes my commitment to doing the job at hand the absolute very best I can.First, I tell them is that I am a wife of a retired Airman, and that I experienced eight months of separation from my husband when he supported Operation Desert... Read more
GEN. JANET C. WOLFENBARGER, Air Force Materiel Command, Commander
March 28, 2013
As commander of Air Force Materiel Command, headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, I lead an organization of some 80,000 military members and civilian employees whose work touches every aspect of the Air Force. Hill Air Force Base is one of the bases in my command.When the warfighter calls for a new capability, we think it, we build it, we break it, we make it better, we deliver it to... Read more
Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, AFSC commander
March 14, 2013
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Last week, I went to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to meet with members of Congress and their professional staff to talk about the impacts of sequestration. I wanted to make sure they fully understood the impacts to our workforce, our mission and the communities. During the last several weeks, I have received notes and comments about the impacts a 20 percent pay... Read more
LT. COL. SEAN C. BITTNER, 514th Flight Test Squadron commander
March 14, 2013
Many of you may have seen the F-22, A-10, F-16 and C-130 aircraft flying around Hill AFB and the local area from time to time. What you may or may not realize is that the majority of these aircraft are flown by the pilots and aircrew of the 514th Flight Test Squadron (FLTS) in support of the Ogden ALC’s mission. While small in terms of size, the 514th has a large, worldwide reach in support of... Read more
Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, AFMC commander
February 28, 2013
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio — Team AFMC,As many of you have likely heard or read by now, Secretary of Defense Panetta notified Congress that civilian employee furloughs may occur if budget sequestration takes effect March 1. Civilian employee furloughs, if enacted, would begin late April, following a 30-day notice.I share the Secretary’s concerns. Cuts levied by sequestration will have devastating... Read more
CAPT. ADAM BRADBURY, Chief, Team Hill Safety
February 28, 2013
So there I was … flying into Bagram Airfield at night on NVGs — night vision goggles. A brand new aircraft commander thinking I was a fire breathing Herk-monster in the mighty C-130. The radios were really busy that night and there was obviously quite a bit of traffic in an area circled by 14,000 foot mountains. Multiple helos, UAVs, MC-12s and afterburning Vipers were all in the air and... Read more
February 21, 2013
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — I know everyone is anxious to hear news about the possible sequestration and potential for civilian furloughs. I know this affects more than just the mission; it has a personal impact on each and every one of you. Unfortunately, we’re still waiting to hear what’s going to happen regarding sequestration.But, while we wait for our marching orders, I encourage you to... Read more