Commentary



Commentary: Money, manpower and minutes

CAPT. DAVID LIAPIS, 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
October 1, 2015
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — I’m about to make a big statement, so pay attention.I believe anything physically possible can be accomplished with the right amount of money, manpower and minutes. That’s right. Anything. Just look at some of the amazing architecture and technology devised by the Romans, Egyptians and others throughout history. Look at where technology was 20 years ago (can you... Read more
Hilltop Times staff
October 1, 2015
Q: As an avid user of the west side gym I still have hope that a solution can be found to repair it and I have a possible solution. I am the executive officer for the 624th Vertical Engineer Company with the Utah National Guard. The 624th has skilled plumbers, carpenters and electricians, and we are always looking for good projects. If there was enough money to cover the materials, we could... Read more
Hilltop Times staff
October 1, 2015
Q: I was wondering if the outdoor pools will be funded next year? Also, the batting cages? A lot of on-base folks have mentioned they miss having these places to partake. Thanks in advance for any updates. A: Great questions, thank you. We understand the outdoor pool is very popular, particularly for our families. As in previous years, the decision to open it will be based on how much... Read more
By GEN. ELLEN PAWLIKOWSKI, Commander, Air Force Materiel Command
September 24, 2015
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — In 1911, a young Henry Arnold learned to fly at the Wright Brothers aviation school on a dusty field in Ohio. A strong advocate of aviation research and development, “Hap” Arnold went on to become a five-star general.He made history.In 1918, Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker shot down 26 enemy aircraft over France during World War I. His skill and bravery earned him... Read more
CAPT. SCOTT TAYLOR, 30th Space Wing Legal Office
September 24, 2015
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — As my office has just completed a resiliency stand-down day, I am struck by the increasing numbers of suicides in the Air Force every year. There are more agencies and programs than I can count to assist anyone thinking of hurting themselves, and we receive regular training on how to engage in positive behaviors. So why is this still a problem? From my... Read more
September 24, 2015
Q:The outbound traffic markings on the road immediately outside the West Gate are not painted appropriately. In my opinion, this is a safety hazard and has nearly caused an accident on more than one occasion as people rush to get off base.A:  Thank you for bringing this to my attention.  This specific area is maintained and governed through our Enhanced Use Lease (EUL) partnership with... Read more
PHYSICAL FITNESS TESTS AND STANDARDS STUDY VOLUNTEER, Air Education and Training Command Public Affairs
September 17, 2015
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — There has been a lot of debate about whether or not females are capable of being successful in the last few “male only” combat career fields. Reasons for skepticism range from doubts over physical capabilities, to concerns over how it would change unit cohesion, to how pregnancy might affect military readiness.These uncertainties are not unique to today’s... Read more
SANDY BRYAN, Hill AFB Combined Federal Campaign chairman
September 17, 2015
As this year’s Combined Federal Campaign chair for Hill Air Force Base, it is my pleasure to provide some information about this year’s campaign.The CFC mission is to support and to promote philanthropy through a program that is employee-focused, cost-efficient and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all. The Combined Federal Campaign... Read more
September 17, 2015
We received a number of comments regarding the closure of the West Gate on Sept. 4, the Friday leading up to the Labor Day weekend. I want to sincerely apologize as we did not properly inform the base populace of the closure. Although gate hours are posted at the West Gate entrance, I agree that we should have done a better job advertising the fact that the West Gate is not open on AFMC... Read more
SENIOR AIRMAN CHRISTINE FANNIN, 927th Air Refueling Wing
September 10, 2015
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Our Air Force stories are as unique as our fingerprints. For me, it started in 1996; I was 20-something and knew I had to change my choices or I would end up exactly like everyone else. I feared I would get some college, but not complete it, get married, have 2.5 kids and never leave Florida.I heard through a friend of a friend that one of my high school classmates... Read more

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