Santa’s lean workshop

by Col. Raymond Briggs
86th Maintenance Group commander

I’ve been to Toyota, Caterpillar, John Deere, Standard Aero, Wal-Mart and many other industries to study their streamlined processes, also known as their lean manufacturing processes, but the one factory I’d love to see as the pinnacle of lean operations is Santa’s workshop in the North Pole.

December 18, 2014 ×

Shift Happens: adapt, overcome

by Maj. Ryan Anderson
86th Materiel Maintenance Squadron commander

Military life pushes us and our families toward all sorts of great opportunities, but sometimes these sudden shifts are unwelcome, unwanted and completely unexpected.

December 11, 2014 ×

To innovate, we can’t be afraid to fail

by Col. Robert Novotny
48th Fighter Wing commander

“Throughout history, people with new ideas — who think differently and try to change things — have always been called troublemakers.” — Richelle Mead, author.

December 4, 2014 ×

Daughter, Sister, Airman

by Senior Airman Hailey Haux
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

I am an Airman in the U.S. Air Force. I am also a niece, cousin, sister and daughter.

November 20, 2014 ×

Your computer needs a nap

by 2nd Lt. Kyle Massey
86th Communications Squadron

Your computer is your friend, confidant, procrastination enabler and productivity partner. It can be moody at times, but the trait we usually notice most about our digital partner is its speed.

November 20, 2014 ×

Taking a stand: Help win fight against sexual assault

by Gen. Larry O. Spencer
Air Force vice chief of staff

Just as Airmen broke the sound barrier and pioneered new paths to space, Airmen will pioneer new ways to prevent sexual assault in the Air Force.

November 13, 2014 ×
People and vehicles wait to cross the border at Checkpoint Charlie Nov. 9, 1989, on the Berlin Wall. The building on the left is now the Checkpoint Charlie museum.

US student sees Berlin Wall come down

Story and photo by Dr. Linda Steil
Warrior Transition Battalion-Europe, A Company

In 1961, the Berlin Wall was built and separated families and friends between East and West Berlin.
East German officials claimed the wall was erected to protect their borders from attacks by imperialists. West Germans saw the wall as a political statement used to permanently separate East Germany from West Germany.

November 6, 2014 ×
Courtesy photoSenior Airman Giovanni Pinzon (top left), former 86th Munitions Squadron conventional maintenance crew chief, lounges outside a hostel common area with friends after a recent trip to Copenhagen, Denmark. Pinzon is an advocate of frequent travels as a way to increase morale.

Airmen moving up, moving out, moving on

by Senior Airman Jordan Castelan
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

There are many different ways people can leave the nest: some people plan for years, some make a sudden jump and some are forced out.

October 30, 2014 ×

Telling Weldon’s story

by Sgt. 1st Class John S. Wollaston
10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs

“Saying goodbye to someone that was a friend, a co-worker, a Soldier you were entrusted to mold and develop is one of the hardest things a leader ever has to do — especially in a situation that didn’t involve that person being in harm’s way. And it never gets easier no matter how many times you have to go through it.”

October 16, 2014 ×
Photo by Senior Airman Timothy MooreSenior Airman Liberty Provo, 86th Dental Squadron dental laboratory technician, applies makeup to Tech. Sgt. Erica Carr, 86th Communications Squadron KMC frequency manager, to simulate domestic violence injuries Oct. 2 on Ramstein. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and this year’s theme is “Thanks for Asking.” Participants volunteered to don the fake injuries to raise awareness for domestic violence victims who sometimes remain silent.

‘Thanks for Asking’ about Domestic Violence Awareness Month

by Valerie Seitz
86th Medical Operations Squadron Family Advocacy Program

Each October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Family Advocacy Program puts a special focus on the prevention of domestic violence in the Air Force. This year’s campaign theme is, “Thanks for Asking.”

October 9, 2014 ×