Commentary

Balancing mission focus, busy life

by Lt. Col. Barry King 37th Airlift Squadron commander

Comprehensive Airman Fitness is a framework for developing resiliency skills throughout the Air Force family. The program recognizes and emphasizes the fact that fitness is more than a physical state; it is as varied and nuanced as the members of the community.

August 27, 2015 ×

Holistic fitness and resilience is essential every day

by Capt. Diego Torres 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron

I recently achieved one of my lifelong career goals. As a flight nurse evaluator, I was afforded the rare opportunity to compete for the Army’s Expert Field Medical Badge. Medical personnel consider the EFMB one of the most difficult and prestigious skill badges a military medical technician can earn.

August 21, 2015 ×

Team versus individuals; fostering team success

by Chief Master Sgt. Jeffrey Kernodle 786th Civil Engineer Squadron chief enlisted manager

Are we creating a culture of “team” or one of “individuals”? As leaders, we are expected to develop effective, efficient teams and merge the talents of our subordinates. However, it’s easy to shift our focus toward individual recognition, and it has the potential to come at the expense of team success.

August 13, 2015 ×

Ownership: the core of units, processes, self

by Capt. John-Paul P. Adrian 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron interim commander

Ownership is at the core of a majority of our successes and failures — in the military, professional careers and our personal lives. Ownership remains at the core of these ebbs and flows.

July 30, 2015 ×

35 days in command … and six years of separation

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

It’s great to be back at Ramstein! As a prior Commander of the 86th Operations Group and Deputy Commander of the 603rd Air and Space Operations Center 2006-2009, I absolutely enjoyed the people, the mission and the privilege of living and working here at Ramstein Air Base.

July 23, 2015 ×

Air Force members grow with change

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

Over many decades, the Air Force has emphasized continuous process improvement. In the beginning of my career, the process was called Total Quality Management. Then it transformed to Lean Six Sigma before finally changing into Air Force Smart Operations in the 21st century. Process improvement is always with us.

July 16, 2015 ×

Embrace the Service, serve our great nation

by Chief Master Sgt. Chris Moore 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing, command chief

As I prepare for retirement after 28 years and depart Ramstein Air Base and Germany at the end of the month, I was asked to reflect on my career.

July 9, 2015 ×

Leadership should never be taken lightly

by Lt. Col. Christopher Hall
86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron commander

One of the most prestigious and privileged ceremonies of my career took place on May 27, 2015. It involved my family, who had missed out on many of the significant professional milestones of my career due to deployments. This ceremony was not a christening, nor was it a wedding; it […]

June 25, 2015 ×

The adaptability of military children

by Trinity Merrell
39th Air Base Wing dependent

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey — The uncertainty of military life may frighten some. There is never truly a “safe ground,” or feeling of complete calmness since around the next corner may be an unanticipated change of plans.

June 18, 2015 ×

Mordente bids farewell to Ramstein, Airmen

by Brig. Gen. Patrick X. Mordente 86th Airlift Wing commander

Ramstein is a different beast. As my tour comes to an end, I feel honored and privileged to have led the United States Air Force’s premier power projection platform, an installation that serves as the central hub for all military operations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

June 11, 2015 ×