Commentary

Harry Briesmaster III, 75th Civil Engineer Group Director
April 21, 2016
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — April 22 marks another year of Air Force installations around the world recognizing Earth Day to show support for environmental protection. The Air Force picks a theme each year for Earth Day to inspire awareness of the importance of managing energy and other resources that impact our mission today and will into the future. Part of our mandate is to also preserve and protect... Read more
LORINDA PIRRIE, Peterson Air Force Base Sexual Assault Response coordinator
April 21, 2016
PETERSON AIR FORCE AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Working in the field of sexual assault prevention and response, it’s presumable that I think about the subject more frequently than the average person. As such, my children have been subjected to a plethora of discussions regarding risk reduction and effective bystander intervention — far too many “lectures,” if you ask them.In fact, before my daughter... Read more
April 21, 2016
Q: I am a civilian employee. Since November, civilian dependent ID cards have not been issued, with no explanation. When I call the given number (777-6143), the date is updated occasionally, but the message remains the same, “No civilian dependent ID Cards. Please check back.” Is there an expected date for renewal of service or a reason that can be shared for the delay?A: The Department of... Read more
CHIEF MASTER SGT. DAVID DELAUDER, Air Force Lifecycle Management Center
April 14, 2016
Spring is in the air. With that comes the breakout of a two-wheeled species that is either loved or loathed: motorcycles. Unlike the statement “You can never teach an old dog new tricks,” motorcycle riders can always improve their motorcycle skills, both physically and intellectually. The Wing Safety Office has made this an easy task this year with classes, rodeos, and briefings. What better... Read more
COL. JEANNINE RYDER, 72nd Medical Group Commander
April 14, 2016
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Wingman —it’s a title used over and over again throughout the Air Force.After a little research, I found the Air Force has 27 posters depicting messages on the Wingman concept. Most communicate that an individual’s responsibility is to find a Wingman and keep them informed of their current life situation.I have another theory — each of us should be proactive and... Read more
MASTER SGT. MARC SELLERS, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron
April 7, 2016
LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Many years ago, I was just starting out as a young flight chief and senior NCO. I had traveled back East to attend the Maintenance Production Superintendent Course and was headed back home. After I dropped off my rental car, I hopped on the bus that would take me back to the terminal. It is this exact moment in time that the way I viewed our Airmen changed forever.As... Read more


Commentary: You failed ... or did you?

COL. RYAN SAMUELSON, 379th Expeditionary Operations Group
April 7, 2016
AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar — “We have an issue. I’ll call him in and figure out why he failed to …” said the supervisor who walked into my office that sunny day. “Stop,” I said, “find out the facts, let me see the outcome of the mistake, and let me see if I own it before you say he failed.”  A puzzled look from the supervisor ensued. The details of the individual and the failure are... Read more
MAJ. TOMOYUKI ONO, U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, Flying Qualities Branch chief
March 31, 2016
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — As a member of the Language Enabled Airmen Program, I had the opportunity to support the first-ever Pacific Partner Nation Silver Flag exercise at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, last month as part of a two-week TDY.This was the first time the Silver Flag exercise was held at the Pacific Regional Training Center with students from four partner nations. Led by... Read more


Commentary: Be the 'Wolf'

COL. ROBERT NOVOTNY, 48th Fighter Wing commander
March 31, 2016
ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — There are three meetings I attend every week, and they’re the most important meetings in my current job.The first is wing stand-up, held three days a week, where we cover the status of our aircrew, pararescuemen, all 81 combat aircraft, the airfield, communications and logistics. Our mission is simple — deliver precise combat power from the air — and stand-up... Read more


Commentary: ‘Painting’ with MICT

March 24, 2016
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — What are you doing to get ready for the Air Combat Command Inspector General inspection in November?Are you cleaning up everything in the Management Internal Control Toolset, also known as MICT? Oops. Trick question. The last thing you want to do is prepare for “the inspection.”With MICT at the forefront of the new Air Force Inspection System, or AFIS, it would be... Read more