American Forces Press Service
May 16, 2013
WASHINGTON — In a message to the Defense Department workforce, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday explained why he "very reluctantly" decided that a historic budget shortfall necessitates up to 11 unpaid furlough days for most of the department’s civilian employees between July 8 and the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year.
Here is the secretary’s message:
To all Department of Defense...
Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, AFSC commander
May 16, 2013
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — I’m coming to you with news on furloughs — news that does not come lightly or without great personal impact to our workforce. The Department of Defense has announced that they will furlough most non-deployed civilians for up to 11 days. The furlough period is scheduled to begin July 8, with one furlough day per week for most personnel. These furloughs will continue...
Lt. Gen. Douglas Owens, Air Education and Training Command vice commander
May 9, 2013
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO RANDOLPH, Texas — One of the great things about the American people is their ability to rally and even sacrifice in a crisis. When it comes to energy conservation, there have been several notable periods in American history when the American people willingly incorporated small daily changes into their lives to preserve resources for the greater good. For instance during...
Tech. Sgt. Richard Gonzales, 419th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
May 2, 2013
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on the 419th Fighter Wing’s website in January. It was primarily written for readers who are military Reservists, but the overarching messages about living a healthy and balanced lifestyle carry broader messages that apply to Team Hill’s active duty and civilian workforce as well.
Col. Laurence Nelson, 419th Medical Squadron commander...
By 1st Lt. Marc Bleha, 75th LRS Fuels Flight commander
April 25, 2013
With operational changes, sequestration, realignment of Air Force and major command functions, the only constant factor for the workforce is change. Even if the process or asset is left alone, it will change either through erosion, complacency or other degradation. The 75th Logistics Readiness Squadron’s Fuels Flight has experienced and embraced many changes in the last year and succeeded by...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...