COMMENTARIES

  • Celebrating heritage by getting back to basics

    It was July 7, 2016, and the 436th Mission Support Group change of command ceremony had just ended. A conversation ensued between Lt. Col. Todd Walker, 436th Logistics Readiness Squadron commander, 2nd Lt. Akeem Parks, and myself about how we need to do things that honor the traditions of the Air

  • From engine grease to Air Force blues

    I grew up covered in engine grease. In a dimly lit garage, I watched my grandfather rebuild classic cars. Sitting on the tailgate of his Ford truck, I learned how the world worked. We discussed politics, history, current events and common sense.I heard stories about his childhood in war-torn England

  • Preventive measures lead to a healthier Air Force

    FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- Preventing illness or injury is the goal of the Air Force’s Preventive Medicine program, a topic that is highlighted in August during Preventive Health Month. Preventive Health extends beyond health care at an individual level, concentrating rather on the health of individuals,

  • New civilian performance management and appraisal program on the horizon

    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill.-- The Defense Performance and Appraisal Program fosters a high-performance culture by linking the organizational mission and goals to individual performance plans.  This new program encourages regular communication and feedback during the appraisal cycle between employees

  • My experience with Green Dot training

    I volunteered to teach this new program, Green Dot, without really understanding what it was all about. All I really knew was that it involved bystander intervention, in some way, shape or form.I searched online, read a few articles and saw the program was designed to stop personal violence, which

  • Fairchild Youth Center’s hard work reaps rewards and awards

    Recently, the Fairchild Youth Center was honored three times for its efforts and achievements in the areas of outdoor adventure programming, daily participation increases, and desire for science, technology, engineering and mathematics outlets.Through the Youth Center’s affiliation with the Boys and

  • PTSD awareness leads to positive treatment

    Post-traumatic Stress Disorder can be debilitating in some patients, but thanks to advancements in research and the continued training of mental health providers, treatments are getting better all the time.Maj. Joel Foster, Chief of Air Force Deployment Mental Health, said treating PTSD has improved

  • An Indian woman's journey into the Air Force

    Growing up on Willingdon Island, nine degrees north of the equator along the shores of the Arabian Sea, I had the privilege of living childhood in paradise--warm ocean breezes, swaying coconut palms and wild monsoons. I spent my days chasing crabs, swimming, waving passing ships and letting my

  • The Grass is Green Where We Water It

    "Man, I can't wait to get outta here. It's gonna be nice to get away from all this nonsense. I wish my boss was like..."How many times do we say or think something along these lines? It's easy for us to have a "grass is greener on the other side" approach to life. Escape seems easy because it