Commentary

Air Force Core Values – The 86th Materiel Maintenance Squadron

by 1st Lt Gregory Souder
86th Materiel Maintenance Squadron

The Air Force Core Values are a three-part code for all Airmen to uphold no matter the situation.

July 31, 2014 ×
Photo by Sgt. Daniel ColeMaj. Gen. Richard C. Longo, deputy commander of U.S. Army Europe, speaks to U.S. and Estonian soldiers during a ceremony marking the start of land forces exercises. The general retired Tuesday after serving the Army for 34 years.

General says goodbye to USAREUR

by Maj. Gen. Richard C. Longo
U.S. Army Europe deputy commander

I have proudly served the U.S. Army and the American people as an Army officer for 34 years. Within those years I have raised a wonderful family, met courageous and inspiring people, and gained personal and professional fulfillment from this profession.

July 24, 2014 ×

76th AS enables diplomacy in the 21st century

by Lt. Col. Dan Mangan
76th Airlift Squadron commander

Though World War I is historically called “The Great War,” its stories, lessons and anniversaries are often overlooked or forgotten — left in the shadows of other more “glorious” or more recent wars.

July 24, 2014 ×

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 ×