Commentary

Commander, Air Force Materiel Command
July 3, 2013
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — To mark the July 4th holiday — our nation’s 237th birthday — many of us will get together for a cookout or to watch fireworks with friends and family. While we certainly look forward to those activities, we should also use the holiday as an opportunity to reflect on exactly why it is we’re able to celebrate. Certainly we owe a great deal to the men who... Read more
Ross E. Marshall, AFSC Executive Director
July 3, 2013
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — As we near the date that furloughs will actually take place, I wanted to share with you the latest information I have. Furloughs are set to begin the week of July 8. The Air Force Sustainment Center and most tenants have selected to observe the furlough day on Fridays and so July 12 is scheduled to be our first furlough day. In order to support our warfighters and... Read more
Secretary of State Public Affairs
June 27, 2013
“The Department of Defense welcomes the Supreme Court’s decision today on the Defense of Marriage Act. The Department will immediately begin the process of implementing the Supreme Court’s decision in consultation with the Department of Justice and other executive branch agencies. The Department of Defense intends to make the same benefits available to all military spouses — regardless of sexual... Read more
1st Lt. Jorge L. Tameron, 84th Radar Evaluation Squadron
June 27, 2013
Cruising on I-15 South from Hill Air Force Base you have the sparkling Great Salt Lake on your right and the majestic Wasatch Mountains on your left. Your eyes drift to the jagged peaks of the mountains, sharp as knives slicing into the warm summer sky. But wait, one of these peaks is not like the others. Instead of piercing into space there lies a white dome, more closely resembling a golf ball... Read more
Monica D. Morales, AFMC Public Affairs
June 27, 2013
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — Michael Gill begins his tenure as Air Force Materiel Command’s new executive director June 28 with the long-term objective of providing the right mix of support and leadership to benefit the command and the Air Force. "I am truly honored to have this opportunity," Gill said. "I look forward to the successes and challenges we will have taking the command —... Read more
Airman 1st Class Channing Benedict, 75th AMDS Public Health
June 20, 2013
Summer is a great time for outdoor adventures like camping, hiking and boating. Caution should be used to avoid nature’s hazards. Ticks are most active in the summer months, and are plentiful in Utah’s mountain ranges and canyons. The Rocky Mountain wood tick and American dog tick are most commonly found in Utah. Steer clear of woody, bushy areas with high grass. Ticks tend to stay by edges of... Read more
Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau, 460th Space Wing Public Affairs
June 6, 2013
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — I had never met him. I had never seen him. I didn’t even know his name before that day.   But then I stood on the flightline, staring at a black coffin draped in the Stars and Stripes. It didn’t matter whether or not I knew this Marine, because I could feel his impact.   Members of the base and local community showed up in force for this dignified... Read more
Bryan Magana, 419th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
June 6, 2013
Last month, the 419th Fighter Wing welcomed its new command chief, Chief Master Sgt. Carmen Madia. I recently sat down with the chief to learn more about him and talk about his priorities for the wing.     What are your top three priorities as command chief?     MENTORING: I’d like to broaden the scope of our NCOs for leadership and other career opportunities in Air Force... Read more
American Forces Press Service
May 30, 2013
WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urged service members, civilian employees and their families to enjoy the upcoming summer, but to do so safely.   In a message to all Defense Department activities, Hagel emphasized the need to make good decisions during a time of year that resulted in more than 80 percent of the department’s noncombat deaths in 2012.   Here is the text of... Read more
Airman 1st Class Alexander W. Riedel, Air Force News Service
May 30, 2013
FORT MEADE, Md. — Some memories are Kodak moments — the kind you want to recall again and again. Others are more sinister, hanging around unwanted, as a reminder of life’s darker side.   One such ominous memory combines one of my greatest joys and my greatest fear into a valuable life lesson.   On a beautiful, warm summer evening, the alarm bell rang at the fire-station where I... Read more

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