Commentary

Chief Master Sgt. Michael Warner, Air Force Materiel Command, Command Chief
November 29, 2012
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- The other night I was driving home from work listening to the radio. A commercial came on for Mountain Dew and Jason Aldean, a popular country singer, said, "This is how I do" -- then went on to explain his life philosophy. Later I saw a commercial with another music star that was advertising for Mountain Dew. He also said, "This is how I do" and explained... Read more
Civilian Personnel Office
November 29, 2012
The 2012 Federal Benefits Open Season for Health Insurance, Dental and Vision Insurance, and Flexible Spending Accounts is scheduled from Monday, Nov. 12, through Dec. 10. Hill Air Force Base will hold a Health Fair with availability of health insurance carriers on Dec. 4, 5 and 6 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Warrior Fitness Center, Building 533. Brochures and information on 2012 premiums will... Read more
Lt. Col. Peter Reinhardt, 30th Medical Operations Squadron Commander
November 15, 2012
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Many authors have written about how to develop leadership. Leadership development typically divides into two categories: natural talent versus practiced skills. The latter is similar to when a person makes the concerted effort to improve their fitness skills. This would typically include visiting a personal trainer who would give advice that would boil down to... Read more
Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, Air Force Materiel Command, Commander, Veterans Day, Air Force Materiel Command, Commander
November 8, 2012
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio --- Because we are Airmen, and are surrounded by the military on a daily basis, it can sometimes be easy to forget how incredibly significant it is to be a veteran. The approximately 22 million living veterans in this country make up only about 7 percent of the population. And less than 1 percent of Americans actively serve in the military at any time.Less... Read more
Maj. Nicholas Sabula, Communications Plans officer, Defense Media Activity
November 8, 2012
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. -- Recently I had the opportunity to serve on a Defense Department advisory panel dealing with special needs issues across the military.The panel's meeting last month in Alexandria, Va., was the third of its kind conducted by DoD's Office of Community Support for Military Families with Special Needs, or OSN, in the past year to address the Exceptional Family Member... Read more
DLA Aviation at Ogden
November 1, 2012
Air Force Col. Deirdre Mahon assumed command of DLA Aviation at Ogden, on June 29. Mahon serves as the single DLA face to the customer for all DLA organizations at Hill AFB and is responsible for the daily operations of all retail-level supply, storage and distribution support. Prior to assuming command of DLA Aviation at Ogden, Mahon was the 460th Mission Support Group commander, 460th Space... Read more
Lt. Col. Kevin D. Hickman, ICBM Ground Systems Division, Materiel Leader
October 25, 2012
In October, missileers and missile maintainers from past and present gathered at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Minuteman Missile system's going on alert for the first time. There, in October 1962, the first ten Minuteman Missiles came on alert and became President Kennedy's "ace in the hole" for the duration of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The... Read more
Lt. Col. Patrick Suermann, Air Force Academy Civil, Environmental Engineering Department
October 25, 2012
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- "I am Air Force Energy" is more than just a catchphrase at the Air Force Academy. Those words, provided by Air Force Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Dr. Kevin Geiss as the theme for Energy Awareness Month, resonates at the Air Force Academy, whose faculty are innovating across the spectrum of academic departments to further educate and develop future leaders... Read more
Col. Sarah Zabel, Installation and 75th Air Base Wing commander
October 18, 2012
October is Energy Action Month a time for all of us to think about the importance of energy in our daily lives, the lives of our families,and in our ability to accomplish our mission. Our colleagues in the Area of Responsibility know how critical energy is as they fly missions to resupply aircraft in the skies, drop barrels of fuel to forward bases, and ensure our installations... Read more
Maj. Don Tasker, 75th Comptroller Squadron, Commander
October 11, 2012
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Budget, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Al Flowers, used to profess that remaining calm through fiscal and financial uncertainty will allow leaders around our service to clearly identify the best way to continue mission success through tough times. Quite often we hear the equivalent of "the sky is falling," in reference to Continuing Resolutions, reductions... Read more