Staff Sgt. Jeremy Bowcock, 386th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs
August 7, 2014
SOUTHWEST ASIA – Let’s face it; every guy has an inner child screaming to get out. And what little boy doesn’t like ripping apart his toys and making a mess of things? But the older most men get the more expensive and fancier the toys.Senior Airman Christopher Moore, a vehicle mechanic with the 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron, is no exception. When it comes to tinkering and... Read more
Senior Airman Sarah Hall-Kirchner, 375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs
July 31, 2014
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. — Twenty-five B-24 Liberators were lost during his last mission during World War II. His airplane had been among those that went down when his crew had to ditch their plane over the North Sea. Luckily, he was rescued from the waters by an English air-sea rescue ship.Dale VanBlair sat and told me about his experiences during the war and beyond in a busy restaurant... Read more
75th Medical Group Resource Management Office
July 31, 2014
HILL AIR FORCE BASE – The 75th Medical Group Clinic needs our patients’ help.Under the Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1986, all military medical treatment facilities are mandated to bill health insurance carriers for the cost of medical care provided to active duty family members, retirees and family members who are covered by other health insurance. The 75th Medical Group Clinic must... Read more
Maj. Jeremiah Hammill, 821st Support Squadron commander
July 24, 2014
THULE AIR BASE, Greenland — Capt. Thomas Hammill was a Green Beret who served in Vietnam and Cambodia. I knew him as an uncle and hero; however, society had a different perception of him and the rest of the men and women who fought in Vietnam. Vietnam veterans returned to America and found protests, hate and labels such as “baby killer.” Thankfully, those days are over, but could we return... Read more

Commentary: Running: Chasing the high

Senior Airman Michael Smith, 17th Training Wing Public Affairs
July 24, 2014
GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — I hear it all the time: “I hate running.” To be honest, I didn’t like it too much either, until five years ago when it was taken away from me.My only goals back then were to run track for Clemson University and make it to the Olympics — running consumed me. I pushed myself to train six days a week, even through shin splints. Then, before I knew it, I had stress... Read more

Commentary: Embracing smart change

Col. Craig Rice, 75th Medical Group commander
July 10, 2014
I can’t get some slogans out of my head; slogan’s like Nike’s “Just Do It,” KFC’s “Finger Lickin Good,” and M&M’s “Melts in your mouth not in your hands.” For decades, military services have also employed slogans in their attempt to lure the best young men and women into their ranks. Many slogans, like the “duty, honor, country,” and “It’s Not Just A Job, It’s An Adventure,” were extremely... Read more
Col. David Chiesa, 71st Medical Group
July 10, 2014
VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Remember the movie “Captain America?”The main character tried to join the Army under different names and in different cities, yet he was always denied because of his size and perceived notions about his abilities. This comic book hero eventually overcame his lack of physical attributes, and defeated the greatest threat of World War II — Hydra.Our Chief of Staff, Gen... Read more
Brig. Gen. Mark A. Brown, Comptroller, Air Force Materiel Command
July 3, 2014
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — As I depart for my new assignment as the 2nd Air Force commander at Keesler AFB, Miss., I can’t help but reflect on my previous assignments and what I’ve learned in my nearly 28 years of service.As a comptroller, I obviously pay a lot of attention to the budget environment. While current headlines might seem dire, today’s fiscal environment is typical of a... Read more
GEN. JANET C. WOLFENBARGER, Commander, Air Force Materiel Command
July 3, 2014
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio  — The Air Force is no stranger to challenging times. That’s certainly the case today where, in the current fiscal climate, much is outside of our control and we are faced with a great deal of uncertainty. As I weigh that uncertainty, though, it occurs to me that our challenges today aren’t so different from those faced by the founders of this... Read more
Chaplain (Capt.) Steve Cuneio, 75th Air Base Wing Chaplain Office
June 26, 2014
By Chaplain (Capt.) Steve Cuneio75th Air Base Wing Chaplain OfficeThe Air Force’s greatest asset is their Airmen. But let’s get right to the point: Military life is not easy! There are many weights being laid upon our Airmen today. Examples of some of these weights are: downsizing, continued deployments, force shaping boards, doing more with less, being overtasked, overwhelmed,... Read more