Commentary

LT. GEN. LEE K. LEVY II, Air Force Sustainment Center
June 18, 2015
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — To the amazing Airmen of the Air Force Sustainment Center,First, let me begin by congratulating Lt. Gen. Bruce and Linda Litchfield on their retirement after 34 years of phenomenal service to our nation. They left an indelible mark on our Air Force, and I join with the men and women of AFSC in wishing them the very best as they embark on the next chapter. They will... Read more
Aja Trotter, Military spouse
June 18, 2015
OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — Around the world, LGBT pride is often celebrated with parties, parades, fun and festivities. The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and its allies come together in support of equality, freedom and the movement for civil rights. Nowadays, pride events are largely fun-filled, colorful, recreational functions, but what some don’t know is that the first... Read more
GINGER HASSEN AND MARTI RIBEIRO, Air Force News Service
June 11, 2015
EDITORS NOTE: Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, AFSC commander, relinquished command to Lt. Gen. Lee Levy II on June 5 during a change of command ceremony.TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — “How do you know you’ve had a good day?”At some point, when working for Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, the commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center, everyone is asked that exact question.He would pose this question and... Read more
LT. COL. SEAN MARTIN, 3rd Flying Training Squadron commander
June 11, 2015
VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Leaving the military is not as simple as staying home the day after your service commitment is up.Almost 23 years ago, after a summer vacation that lasted less than 48 hours, I showed up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with about 1,000 of my new closest friends.Fast forward to the present, and it is now time for me to plan an exit strategy from the only job I’ve ever... Read more
June 11, 2015
Q: My daughter is doing a service project for the Miss West Point contest. She is collecting things to send to our service men and women who are deployed from Hill AFB. She would like to know who she can get in contact with to make sure these items get sent to the members of Team Hill.A: First, we’d like to thank your daughter for remembering our men and women stationed overseas. Unfortunately,... Read more
Maj. Derek Rowe, 366th Fighter Wing Legal Office
June 4, 2015
MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — Support for military sexual assault victims and the number of reported offenses have increased in recent years, resulting in more investigations and courts-martial involving sexual assault charges. This article describes the general court-martial process and some of the unique aspects with regards to sexual assault cases.One distinct aspect of a sexual... Read more


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

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