Commentary

The devil inside: interrupted

by anonymous
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Military life can be challenging. Frequent deployments and temporary duties, constantly moving to different commands all around the globe, and never staying in one location or with the same people for very long takes its toll on the service member and their family.

February 5, 2016 ×

The devil inside: deployment, divorce, attempted suicide

by anonymous 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Any service member who signed up after 9/11 did so knowing that they would likely deploy to a hostile environment. We all do so willing and eager to serve our country with honor. We read the stories of our courageous brothers and sisters standing up for what they think is right and just, and we gladly follow in their footsteps, fueled by inspiration and ready to take on the world.

January 28, 2016 ×

DUI aftermath: Who’s really affected?

by Master Sgt. Robbin Robertson 1st Communications Maintenance Squadron

I used to wonder if people would look at me differently if they knew. Would they whisper about me? Would they tell others what happened? Does anyone actually have the guts to ask me what happened? Are they looking at me as the girl who’s related to a child killer?

January 7, 2016 ×

Mighty 86th concludes successful year, looks forward to a bright 2016

by Brig. Gen. Jon T. Thomas 86th Airlift Wing commander

Not unlike previous years, 2015 was a dynamic time for the Mighty 86th and Team Ramstein. We experienced operations, exercises, challenges and shifts — some planned, some not — while generating and employing air mobility, enabling theater and strategic airpower, and operating key Air Force power projection platforms. We supported allies and friends, built partnership capacity, enhanced readiness, and deterred threats as they emerged and developed. In the modern world, Team Ramstein must remain responsive and engaged to be effective, and 2015 saw us doing just that.

December 17, 2015 ×

Stories that build relationships

by Lt. Col. James D. Reaves 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander

As another year approaches its end, it is time to reflect on the accomplishments and opportunities we had this past year.

December 10, 2015 ×

How do you define success?

by Lt. Col. Sean Finnan 86th Operations Support Squadron

I read the book “Start with Why” by Simon Sinek a couple years ago. His thoughts on achievement vs. success particularly resonated with me.

December 4, 2015 ×

Perspective to help with unexpected decisions

by Lt. Col. Paul Silas 86th Civil Engineer Squadron commander

KMC, below I’m going to run down a few basic topics that have continuously come up during my 23-year career. Hopefully these will help you when you get hit by some of the tough decisions that will inevitably come up this week.

November 12, 2015 ×

Honor is tradition for the US AF

by Lt. Col. Samuel L. Jobe 313th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron

There are 10 different definitions for the word “honor” listed in Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary. I believe the two that apply best to those of us who serve are: “a keen sense of ethical conduct” and “one whose worth brings respect or fame.”

November 5, 2015 ×

Cybersecurity: Everyone’s business

by Lt. Col Brandon Robinson 86th Communications Squadron commander

We live in an environment that is made up of ones and zeroes. It is more connected now than ever before. The Internet touches just about everything around us, whether we realize it or not.

October 22, 2015 ×

Feedback is essential to AF integrity

by Lt. Col. John Hansen 86th Comptroller Squadron commander

I was going through some old files, and I found a few notes that were written to me on several different occasions by the comptroller of a major command.

October 15, 2015 ×