Commentary

CHIEF MASTER SGT. BRIAN BISCHOFF, Air Force Reserve Command
February 14, 2013
LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. —- I was recently picking up a few items at a local retail chain at lunchtime; everywhere I walked, someone wanted to shake my hand or say, “Thank you for your service.” It made me proud to be wearing the uniform of the U.S. Air Force. While waiting in the checkout lane, I noticed a little boy shopping with his mom... Read more
February 7, 2013
In the past three weeks, the U.S. Air Force lost two Airmen in the line of duty. Staff Sgt. Emily Clayburn died Jan. 14 in an industrial accident at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. According to news reports, she died when a refueling boom fell from a storage rack and struck her. Then on Jan. 28 Capt. Lucas Gruenther went missing on a routine F-16 night training mission, over the Adriatic Sea, nearly... Read more
Maj. Frank T. Skrypak, 65th Comptroller Flight commander
January 31, 2013
LAJES FIELD, Azores — It has been said that no one can accurately predict where the U.S. military will need to respond next: The workload and requirements are uncertain. Nearly as unpredictable is the future of the nation’s finances. With much talk of the fiscal cliff in the news recently, how quickly can the U.S. economy recover, and what will happen to the global economy?After Social Security,... Read more
MARK A. WELSH III, Chief of Staff, General, USAF
January 10, 2013
Happy New Year Airmen!To those of you who spent the holidays deployed, thank you ...and I'm sorry you weren't home with your families. I know you understand that what you're doing is important, but I also know that doesn't make the separation any easier. In these days where self-serving agendas seem to be on display everywhere we turn, your willingness to sacrifice for the good of our nation and... Read more
Col. Sarah Zabel, 75th Air Base Wing commander
January 10, 2013
As I wrap up command of the 75th Air Base Wing, I want to thank the men and women of Team Hill for their incredible teamwork, professionalism and dedication to duty. I have been continually amazed and impressed at what you accomplish every day. From the "Total Force" Airmen on the flightline generating jets to fly the day's missions to the skilled civilian depot workforce readying aircraft for... Read more
Lt. Col. Andy Loving, 375th Contracting Squadron
January 3, 2013
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- Have you ever found yourself muttering one of these remorseful words seen in the title? These words are frequently used in reference to an expression of regret ... the incalculable measure of "what could have been." Regret often surfaces when we realize that we have not lived up to our fullest potential, falling short of some level of expectations for any number of... Read more
Wayne Amann, Air Force ISR Agency Public Affairs
December 27, 2012
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO - LACKLAND, Texas -- Contrary to popular belief or conventional wisdom or even the cliché, there IS an I in team.The I is you, the I is me. The I represents all the "I"ndividuals who make up a team. And nowhere is that more meaningful than in the United States military.Our Armed Forces is a microcosm of Americans -- individuals drawn from across our great land who bring to... Read more
Armed Forces News Service
December 20, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy send the following holiday message to the Airmen of the U.S. Air Force:The holiday season is a perfect time to celebrate the many blessings that we enjoy in our country and spend time with the people who are most important in our lives. As we... Read more
Col. Dane West, 388th Maintenance Group commander
December 20, 2012
We hear about the Non-Commissioned Officer Corps being the backbone of the Air Force, but have you ever stopped to ask why? It's not a tough question, but it can bring about some interesting answers.Throughout the decades, I have concluded three reasons why our NCO corps is the backbone of the Air Force. First, no one works harder. Our youngest NCOs work in the toughest flightline conditions,... Read more
Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, Air Force Materiel Command, Commander
December 13, 2012
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- For many, gathering with friends and family for the holidays often leads to discussions of the things we are thankful for. As you think about the blessings you've enjoyed in the past year, I ask that you also remember the men and women who defend our freedom, one of the greatest gifts of all.Today the Air Force has more than 32,000 Airmen -- military and... Read more