Aaron C. Clark, 75th Air Base Wing and installation historian
August 22, 2013
After ignoring the Potsdam Declaration that asked for the unconditional surrender of the Japanese Empire on July 26, 1945, Japan’s Emperor Hirohito felt the devastating repercussions of his choice the first two weeks in August. President Harry S. Truman stated, "Surrender or suffer prompt and utter destruction," and destruction at an unimaginable scale was employed by the Allied Forces.
Russ Hinrichs, Army & Air Force Exchange Service, General Manager Utah Exchanges
August 8, 2013
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service celebrates a past, present and future of savings and service on July 25, the organization’s 118th anniversary. The Exchange’s dual mission of providing authorized patrons with quality merchandise and services at competitively low prices and generating non-appropriated fund earnings as a supplemental source funding for military morale, welfare and...
Maj. Gen. Kurt Neubauer, U.S. Air Force Chief of Safety
August 1, 2013
As your new Air Force Chief of Safety, my sole purpose is to preserve our most critical asset — you! We’re halfway through the Critical Days of Summer campaign, an important milestone since we’ve historically seen an upsurge in fatalities in the second half of the season.
We can help turn this trend around by keeping a strong safety outlook — in the air, on the ground, all the time. We Airmen...
Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, Air Force Sustainment Center commander
August 1, 2013
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — The last couple of weeks I’ve been out and about in an attempt to really understand the furlough impacts. Unfortunately, travel restrictions have prevented spending time at each location, but the messages appear similar across the Center. It’s easy to see the mission degradation, but I really wanted to understand the first-hand personal impacts. I have been...
Airman 1st Class Zachary Vucic, Air Force News Service
August 1, 2013
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. — Engaging in social media can be a positive experience that entertains, keeps people connected and allows opinions to be expressed on a wide variety of topics.
In some cases though, social media can ruin personal reputations or careers, and create an open window for criminals to access personal information.
According to the Air Force’s top social media expert...
419th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
July 25, 2013
In late May, Col. Brian Silkey became the 419th Operations Group commander. Public Affairs recently sat down with Silkey to discuss his priorities for the group.
As the new OG/CC, what are your top three priorities?
My goal is to keep the OG ready for worldwide combat taskings in support of combatant commanders’ objectives and national security priorities.
I’d like to get to know...
By Gen. Larry O. Spencer, Air Force Vice Chief of Staff
July 18, 2013
I need your help in fixing a problem that directly relates to our overall readiness — sexual assault. This is a problem each and every one of you has a part in solving. As Airmen in the world’s greatest Air Force, treating each other with dignity and respect is absolutely essential. Our mission effectiveness is built on trust and nothing can be allowed to violate that trust.
Air Force News Service
July 11, 2013
WASHINGTON — Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III send the following furlough message to the Airmen of the United States Air Force:
As you all know, Department of Defense civilian furloughs begin this week. With few exceptions, our civilian Airmen face involuntary furlough one day per week from the pay period starting July 8 through...
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...
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...