Commentary

Photo by Senior Airman Timothy MooreCol. Gordon Hendrickson, U.S. Air Forces in Europe director of intelligence, speaks with Capt. Ty Axson, USAFE chief of Current Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Operations-Europe, during a Senior Leader-to-Company Grade Officer Speed Mentoring event Dec. 16 on Ramstein. Senior leaders from around the KMC mentored CGOs on various subjects, including career progression and networking.

Staying mission-ready at home

by Capt. Patrick Cummings
86th Logistics Readiness Squadron

Mission readiness goes far beyond just being prepared in the workplace for the call of duty. The senior leader speed mentoring seminar on Dec. 16 reminded me of how service members can accomplish this in their daily lives.

January 22, 2015 ×

PT failure is more than an Airman’s problem

by Maj. Onnie Retkofsky
U.S. Air Forces in Europe

The last Monday of 2014 I reported to the Fitness Assessment Cell to complete my annual physical training test, along with many others. As we weighed in, got measured and paired up, I found myself partnered with a young Airman. We completed our pushup portion and moved on to sit-ups. As her turn finished and the physical training administrator began recording scores, panic ensued. I had counted 34 sit-ups, and 38 was the minimum they required.

January 15, 2015 ×

What is your story?

by Senior Airman Timothy Moore
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

As a photojournalist for the U.S. Air Force, I have been exposed to and documented many aspects of the military, and I get to see how everything comes together.

January 15, 2015 ×

Looking forward to a great 2015

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

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I have the greatest job in the Air Force. I have a front row seat to witness amazing work accomplished daily by the men and women of Team Ramstein, and I’m looking forward to the accomplishments we will achieve together in 2015.

January 8, 2015 ×

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 ×