Commentary

BRIG. GEN. CRAIG LA FAVE, Total Force-Continuum Office
January 21, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. — “See all those contrails heading north, captain?” the salty lieutenant colonel asked me on Jan. 16, 1991.“Yes sir!” I replied, flying as a brand-new aircraft commander in the C-141B Starlifter.The contrails covered the darkening sky and seemed like hundreds of fingers reaching north into Iraq to grab Saddam Hussein. “That means we are at war,” said the colonel, as the cockpit... Read more
STAFF SGT. MICHAEL BATTLES, 39th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
January 21, 2016
INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey — The word “volunteer” is defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service.”In a given week, I’m asked three to four times why I volunteer my personal time as much as I do to organizations that are not my primary duty. The answer has and will always be the same: that the organizations I... Read more


Commentary: New year, new you?

AIRMAN 1ST CLASS DENISE NEVINS, 28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs
January 14, 2016
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. — Have you ever gone into the new year certain this will be the year you change your life for the better, but after just a few weeks, you fall right back into the same habits? Well, you are not alone.According to John Norcross, a distinguished professor of clinical psychology at the University of Scranton, approximately 40 to 45 percent of Americans make resolutions... Read more
MASTER SGT. ROBBIN ROBERTSON, 1st Communications Maintenance Squadron
January 14, 2016
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — I used to wonder if people would look at me different if they knew. Would they whisper about me? Would they tell others what happened? Does anyone actually have the guts to ask me what happened? Are they looking at me as the girl who’s related to a child killer?I’m sure they were. I’m sure they wanted to ask the questions; wanted to know the true story and all the... Read more


Commentary: A puzzle called ‘me’

SENIOR AIRMAN SHANE MITCHELL, 366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
January 7, 2016
MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — It was early October when I entered the waiting room, and I wasn’t in the best of moods. The past two months had been the worst of my life; I made some very poor decisions and my personal, financial and professional stress was unmanageable. I put myself between a rock and an even bigger rock; a “hard place” would have been a relief.Hell, at one point, I even... Read more
Wayne L. Welninski, 75th Force Support Squadron
January 7, 2016
It was a pleasant day, that Tuesday. We had just finished our morning roundtable and were on our way to our respective divisions. My friend didn’t look well ... kind of pale, maybe ashen … and kind of sweaty. In fact, he was pouring sweat.  I asked him, “Are you OK?”  He said he was fine, “just a little tired.”  He stumbled and seemed to conserve strength by leaning against... Read more
Col. Ron Jolly, 75th Air Base Wing commander
December 23, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — Team Hill, with the holiday season upon us, and 2016 around the corner, I want to offer a special thanks to you and your families. Your dedication and sacrifices, along with those of your family, have ensured our success this year, and will continue to propel us into 2016.As we reflect on 2015, your outstanding service and countless accomplishments in the defense of... Read more
LT. GEN. LEE K. LEVY II, Air Force Sustainment Center commander
December 23, 2015
Fellow Airmen, as the holiday season reaches its peak and 2015 draws to a close, we reflect on the accomplishments you have achieved in supporting the warfighter. Though it has been a year of conflict around the globe, you have delivered magnificently.I fully recognize none of this is possible without the world-class people, Airmen, who keep the Air Force Sustainment Center thriving. The... Read more


Commentary: Action Line

Col. Ron Jolly, 75th Air Base Wing commander
December 23, 2015
Q: As a former military member who spent years at Hill AFB either TDY or assigned to Hill, as well as more than a dozen years as a contractor on Hill AFB, I’ve seen a lot of changes with the South Gate and South Gate Drive traffic flows. Many years ago it had a 30 mph speed limit, which was lowered to 25 mph, and ultimately to 20 mph so that people traversing between the maintenance areas and the... Read more


Commentary: Action Line

Col. Ron Jolly, 75th Air Base Wing commander
December 23, 2015
Q: Is there somewhere on the www.hill.af.mil website that tells the base’s status for inclement weather? During the recent snowstorm, I see that it was posted on Facebook and Twitter; however, for people who do not have Facebook or Twitter, they would not have known there was delayed reporting. Other base websites i.e. Wright-Patterson, Hanscom, Andrews, etc. post the inclement weather status on... Read more

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