Commentary

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
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