Commentary

Fair, unbiased judgment essential to military justice system

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

In order to clarify my intent and expectations with respect to military justice, I offer the following thoughts to the Airmen of the 86th Airlift Wing and KMC as a whole.

July 17, 2014 ×

Courage is born of encouragement

by Master Sgt. Etienne Tousignant
86th Force Support Squadron career assistance adviser

There was a point in my life when I didn’t see a future, but I found comfort through different base agencies. Adapting to our military lifestyle is not just difficult for our significant others and children, but also for those of us who joined.

July 10, 2014 ×

Enabling leadership through good followership

by Senior Master Sgt. Kathleen Carter
86th Operations Support Squadron superintendent

During our military careers, we are often reminded of how important it is to be a good leader. We read articles and attend seminars to help us strengthen our leadership abilities. Although I do feel that being a good leader is pertinent to everyone, I believe there is one subject that falls in the shadows of the word “leadership.”

June 26, 2014 ×

Dress to impress: Are you ready?

by Chief Master Sgt. Michael Dahlhoff
U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Emergency Management Functional manager

If you had to wear your service dress uniform tomorrow for an official picture, to meet a dignitary, for a retreat ceremony, a memorial or to report to the commander, would your uniform be ready?

June 26, 2014 ×
Courtesy photoSenior Airman Chris Willis is greeted by his wife, Rena, after returning home from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan May 15, 2013.

After the Battle: the return home

by Senior Airman Chris Willis
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

I have spent more than a year telling the story of our nation’s wounded warriors as I followed their transport from the mountains of Afghanistan to their medical care at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

June 19, 2014 ×

Check it or wreck it

by Capt. Larry Cornelio
786th Civil Engineer Squadron readiness and emergency management flight commander

No matter what my deployed military mission, I conduct the same checklist the night prior. Every single time.

June 19, 2014 ×

Remembering D-Day: Reflect on past, live in present, secure future

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

The events of Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy, 70 years ago hold a special place in the hearts of many people, especially those who experienced it for themselves or knew someone who lived through it. Remembering D-Day is as important to them as it is for those of us wearing the uniform today.

June 12, 2014 ×

Strengthening the team

by Lt. Col. Troy C. Austin
86th Security Forces Squadron commander

The Air Force has provided mission, vision and priorities. Transforming vision into executable policy requires charismatic, energetic, inspirational yet humble leaders focused on Airmen and the mission. It is important to remember that being a leader is not tied to rank or position and it’s not about rewards. Leadership is about taking care of the people who complete the mission.

June 12, 2014 ×

What SAPR stand-down day is all about

by Carmen Schott
86th Airlift Wing sexual assault response coordinator

Ever since I can remember, I enjoyed helping people. It was something that brought me great happiness. Helping support my friends, family and co-workers was always something that I felt was my mission to do. I felt a personal responsibility to serve others and to relieve the pain of those […]

June 5, 2014 ×

Personal energy, overproduction

by Capt. Fred Jackson
86th Maintenance Group

As I entered technical training in 2005, the first words I heard were, stay fit-to-fight. Listening to our instructor gather opinions and discussing how the physical fitness examination changed from what we experienced through our different commissioning source was definitely a conversation point.

June 5, 2014 ×