Commentary

Lt. Gen. Douglas Owens, Air Education and Training Command vice commander
May 9, 2013
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO RANDOLPH, Texas — One of the great things about the American people is their ability to rally and even sacrifice in a crisis. When it comes to energy conservation, there have been several notable periods in American history when the American people willingly incorporated small daily changes into their lives to preserve resources for the greater good. For instance during... Read more
Tech. Sgt. Richard Gonzales, 419th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
May 2, 2013
  Editor’s note: This article was originally published on the 419th Fighter Wing’s website in January. It was primarily written for readers who are military Reservists, but the overarching messages about living a healthy and balanced lifestyle carry broader messages that apply to Team Hill’s active duty and civilian workforce as well. Col. Laurence Nelson, 419th Medical Squadron commander... Read more
By 1st Lt. Marc Bleha, 75th LRS Fuels Flight commander
April 25, 2013
With operational changes, sequestration, realignment of Air Force and major command functions, the only constant factor for the workforce is change. Even if the process or asset is left alone, it will change either through erosion, complacency or other degradation. The 75th Logistics Readiness Squadron’s Fuels Flight has experienced and embraced many changes in the last year and succeeded by... Read more
TOM KLOPOTEK, 388th Operations Group commander
April 18, 2013
Our Air Force continues to struggle with “blue-on-blue” tragedies like sexual assault, domestic violence and alcohol related incidents. Senior leaders are constantly seeking ways to connect to the Airmen we are charged to lead and look after and have devised countless creative, but ultimately ineffective, tools to attempt to educate, mentor and prevent... Read more
Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, Air Force Sustainment Center commander
April 18, 2013
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — You don’t have to look far to see the results of our hard work. As the news reports of North Korea flexing their muscles hits the stands, the United States has responded with muscles of our own.As the B-52s, B-2s and F-22s fly over South Korea they remind our adversaries of our world-class capabilities. When I see our aircraft flying, I’m reminded it’s because of... Read more
LT. KANDIS LUTZ, Hill AFB Deputy Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
April 18, 2013
Sexual assault in the military is increasingly coming under the spotlight, and rightfully so. It is an emotionally and physically destructive event in a person’s life which can cause posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, sleep disorders and eating disorders. Victims of rape also experience higher rates of drug abuse (self-medication), self-harm... Read more
SHARON HAMILTON, Director, Aerospace Sustainment Directorate, Ogden Air Logistics Complex
April 4, 2013
I am often asked where I get my passion from. And I answer, “I remember the warfighters and their families.” I then tell them my experience in life that emphasizes my commitment to doing the job at hand the absolute very best I can.First, I tell them is that I am a wife of a retired Airman, and that I experienced eight months of separation from my husband when he supported Operation Desert... Read more
GEN. JANET C. WOLFENBARGER, Air Force Materiel Command, Commander
March 28, 2013
As commander of Air Force Materiel Command, headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, I lead an organization of some 80,000 military members and civilian employees whose work touches every aspect of the Air Force. Hill Air Force Base is one of the bases in my command.When the warfighter calls for a new capability, we think it, we build it, we break it, we make it better, we deliver it to... Read more
Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, AFSC commander
March 14, 2013
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Last week, I went to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to meet with members of Congress and their professional staff to talk about the impacts of sequestration. I wanted to make sure they fully understood the impacts to our workforce, our mission and the communities. During the last several weeks, I have received notes and comments about the impacts a 20 percent pay... Read more
LT. COL. SEAN C. BITTNER, 514th Flight Test Squadron commander
March 14, 2013
Many of you may have seen the F-22, A-10, F-16 and C-130 aircraft flying around Hill AFB and the local area from time to time. What you may or may not realize is that the majority of these aircraft are flown by the pilots and aircrew of the 514th Flight Test Squadron (FLTS) in support of the Ogden ALC’s mission. While small in terms of size, the 514th has a large, worldwide reach in support of... Read more