Commentary: Airman, are you MAD or SAD?

MASTER SGT. HENRY D. STROZIER, 92nd Security Forces Squadron
June 4, 2015
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — There are two distinct types of Airmen who serve: those who are here to make a difference (MAD) and those who are selfish and distracting (SAD). Each of us was equipped to be MAD once we graduated from initial military training and our various technical training schools; we had the basic skills in our respective career fields to be successful Airmen. We were... Read more
Staff Sgt. Victoria Secrist, 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
May 28, 2015
ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — In the Air Force, you constantly hear resiliency messages and taglines. I was like everyone else and didn’t take these messages seriously, but they’re here for a reason. This is my reason.I hate to admit it, but it’s true. I live every day in fear. Anxiety boils down to fear, regardless of whether you want to admit you are fearful or not. I’m a strong person... Read more
Lt. Col. Daniel Loveless, 71st Medical Operations Squadron commander
May 28, 2015
VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Breathe, breathe, breathe. Step. Breathe, breathe, breathe. Step. It’s about 4 a.m. on a cool February morning, and I’m presently at 19,200 feet on Aconcagua, Argentina, the highest point in the Southern and Western Hemispheres. I’m part of a team of 13 climbers. Today is our summit day.There are now 11 of us; two members fell out earlier in the climb. I have been... Read more
May 28, 2015
Q: I noticed the sprinkler systems have been running every morning along Georgia Street from Arsenal Road to Elm Lane. This started in early April and appears to last from early morning to noon every day. This is a huge waste of water and is completely unnecessary.Utah is in a severe drought condition with public service announcements and continued news coverage stressing the need to conserve... Read more
Maj. Gregory Kantz, 374th Airlift Wing
May 21, 2015
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a first-person account by a C-130H Hercules aircrew member who landed in Kathmandu, Nepal, just moments before a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the country on April 25.KATHMANDU, Nepal — We were tasked with taking an 11-man special forces team from Kadena Air Base, Japan, to Kathmandu, Nepal, for a training exercise. After being cleared by air traffic control, we... Read more
Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, Air Force Materiel Command Commander
May 21, 2015
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — It was nearly 150 years ago that our nation first observed a day of remembrance for those who died in service to the United States of America.Over the years, more than 1 million American Soldiers, Sailors, Coast Guardsmen, Marines and Airmen have given their lives in defense of our great nation. We owe our freedom and a true debt of gratitude to the service... Read more
May 14, 2015
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — In 1978, Congress established Asian-Pacific American Heritage Week to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans to U.S. history and culture. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush extended the celebration to the entire month.On Oct. 23, 1992, Congress officially designated May of each year as Asian American and Pacific... Read more
Steve Serrette, 72nd Air Base Wing Safety Office
May 14, 2015
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, OKLA. — The laws of physics are frequently ignored in any given movie story, with someone taking a plunge from a great height being probably the most frequent offender.Writers tend to forget that it’s not the fall that kills you ... it’s the sudden stop at the end. Or to put it another way, your velocity can’t hurt you, until you try to change it.It’s probably happened to... Read more
Col. Scott Nowlin and Norm Leclair, AFSC Workforce Development Team
May 7, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Utah veterans are well-aware of the role that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics plays in providing the Department of Defense with the skilled workforce needed to defend our nation. They have seen firsthand how STEM-related systems, training and education has given the U.S. the most awesome military capability the world has ever known, and how it has enabled... Read more
Senior Master Sgt. Dave DeLauder, Hill AFB First Sergeants Council
May 7, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Do you want to know a secret about quarterly and annual awards? Do you want to know a secret about promotions in today’s Air Force? Do you want to know a secret about how to get a good paying job after the military? It’s actually something very simple to do, it’s not very expensive, and usually doesn’t take too much time. The secret is: Get your Community College of the Air... Read more

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