• Why I serve: Col. Alan Dayton

    As our world is dominated by COVID-19, it is easy to feel like our lives are a spinning compass. Constantly changing without a clear direction for the future. When asked to write an article on why I serve, it was an easy answer “For times like these.”Our service in times like these is clear. People need support, help, guidance, resources, a lending
  • Air Force stands up new division to enhance customer service for EFMP families

    The Department of the Air Force stood up a new division at the Air Force’s Personnel Center to integrate three Exceptional Family Member Program, or EFMP, components – medical, family support and assignments.
  • Recharge for Resiliency with Outdoor Recreation

    Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. -- Outdoor Recreation is a resource available to all Airmen at Luke Air Force Base that allows Airmen to participate in organized activities and rent canoes, bikes, motorized boats, trailers, fishing equipment, camping equipment and more.
  • AFMC launches Spark Tank competition

    Air Force Materiel Command Airmen are invited to submit innovative, game-changing ideas to compete in the AFMC Spark Tank competition.The submitters of the top five, most innovative, game-changing ideas will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges during the AFMC Senior Leader Conference this September. This panel will then select the top two ideas
  • Band of Brothers: Introducing A1C Hughes, A1C Hughes, and ... A1C Hughes

    Three brothers graduated from Basic Military Training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland together May 28. Airman 1st Class Jesus Hughes, age 28, Airman 1st Class Nicolas Hughes, age 26, and Airman 1st Class Daniel Hughes, age 25, went through BMT in the same flight from April 7 to May 28 and thereafter went off to technical school in avionics together at Sheppard Air Force Base in northern Texas.
  • Air Force update for COVID-19

    In an effort to minimize the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 and to prioritize the health and safety of Department of the Air Force personnel, the following modifications have been made:
  • America's Airman: Ms. Sadiqa Bah

    America's Airman: Ms. Sadiqa Bah
  • AFRL researcher honored with Women of Color STEM award

    WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – An up-and-coming Air Force Research Laboratory scientist was recently honored with the Women of Color STEM Technical Innovation in Government award for her mentoring, leadership, and spirit of innovation.Dr. Candice Hatcher-Solis is a research scientist in the AFRL 711th Human Performance Wing and a
  • Armed against COVID: 432nd AMXS modify load competition to test, prepare Airmen

    Airmen from the 432nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron compete in a Load Crew of the Quarter competition, at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, June 18, 2020. The 432nd AMXS wore protective gear and split the competition into shifts as a precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • LEAP Spotlight Capt Duong

    Recently, an overseas unit lost an Airman of Vietnamese heritage. Due to the proximity of the Airman’s family, Barksdale AFB Mortuary Affairs was responsible for assisting the family through the ordeal.
  • Air Force update for COVID-19

    In an effort to minimize the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 and to prioritize the health and safety of Department of the Air Force personnel, the following modifications have been made:
  • Daily Update: 24 June 2020

    For 24 June, Tinker AFB remains in HPCON Bravo due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest COVID-19 confirmed case is a civilian member of AFSC/PK in building 3001 last at work on 15 June. Health officials are actively tracing all recent movements and contacts in conjunction with affected units and local health authorities. Anyone considered to have
  • Overcoming Your Biggest Obstacle: Yourself

    I didn’t want to be here.  By here, I mean a Contracting Officer in the United States Air Force.  From the time I was very young, my heart was dead set on being a pilot.  Not just any pilot, but a fighter pilot with all the intrigue, danger, romance, and respect demanded of heroic job through the eyes of a younger me.  If you had told five-year-old
  • Prioritizing sleep vital as Airmen adjust to new normal

    Continued lack of sleep can be detrimental to an Airman’s job performance, their ability to fight off infections, and their overall readiness and wellbeing.
  • Integrated restoration classes reach AFRC nationally

    For a year and a half, Shelly Trimble, the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator for the 910th Airlift Wing and an iRest Level 2 teacher, has been guiding the Airmen and Key Spouses of Youngstown Air Reserve Station and Yellow Ribbon event participants through iRest’s body-centered meditation.
  • SAPR: 15 Years of Support for Service Members

    You never thought you could feel so powerless…so numb. There’s a moment after the shock wears off where you think to yourself; did that really just happen to me? Why would someone do this? Someone you know, someone you thought you could trust. You try to make up excuses of why it can’t be real and how you embellished the story because you don’t want to remember every detail of what happened. You don’t want to picture it in your head when you go to work or go out with your friends. You try so hard to forget about it, yet, everything you see throughout the day reminds you of that moment. The moment you felt powerless. The moment you felt numb.
  • Enlisted perspective on Mental Health

    Between new-patient appointments, providing evaluations, administering crisis intervention, pre-deployment psychological testing, security clearances evaluations, and addressing safety concerns, the junior enlisted Airmen at mental health are the backbone to the organization.
  • SALT participants complete intensive leadership development program

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFLCMC) – The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center continues to develop the next generation of leaders ready to lead teams in solving our most complex life cycle programmatic challenges.Recently, the second cohort of the Senior Acquisition Leadership Team or SALT, completed seven months of coursework,
  • The Wright Path to Resiliency

    Afraid. Anxious. Apprehensive. Confused. Despondent. Disconnected. Excited. Exhausted. Frustrated. Grateful. Happy. Hopeful. Isolated. Motivated. Overwhelmed. Purposeful. Delirious. Relaxed. Sad. Strong. Suspicious. Tired.As a volunteer Master Resilience Trainer at Wright-Patt AFB, please know that your moods and feelings, whatever they are, at
  • Integrated restoration classes reach AFRC nationally

    For a year and a half, Shelly Trimble, the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator for the 910th Airlift Wing and an iRest Level 2 teacher, has been guiding the Airmen and Key Spouses of Youngstown Air Reserve Station and Yellow Ribbon event participants through iRest’s body-centered meditation.
  • PTSD: A Chief's story

    PTSD commentary
  • Opening the dialogue: MacDill leaders committed to understanding and inclusion

    Across the Air Force, open dialogue for the tough conversations regarding race are taking place. Senior leaders are encouraging base commanders and unit supervisors to open the lines of communication for their Airmen to have these difficult discussions. In line with Air Force senior leaders, the 6th Air Refueling Wing leadership team convened on June 1, to hold initial conversations focused on the unique perspectives of MacDill’s Airmen and to find a way forward concerning racial biases.
  • New chapel initiative aims to encourage caring for others

    Recently around the installation there have been a series of anonymous attacks happening without any rhyme or reason.The attacks, known as R.A.C.K. Attacks, are random acts of chapel sponsored kindness where the idea is nothing more than putting a smile on someone’s face and providing encouragement. “Our emphasis is encouraging and empowering
  • Celebrating Diversity - June is LGBTQ Pride Month

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Celebrating and recognizing the diversity of both civilian and service members across the Department of Defense, June is Pride Month.Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month was chosen to be recognized in June to commemorate the riots that occurred in June 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in
  • Letter to Airmen: Equality and tough conversations

     Team 446th – Many of us watched, read, and listened with horror and dismay about the senseless deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. We are angered and saddened. These deaths should not have happened. There is no place in our society for racism and discrimination--especially in our military. Unfortunately, however, many also
  • Summer safety tips

    The following graphic displays a few things people can do to keep themselves safe during the summer season. Taking frequent breaks, using insect repellent and sunscreen are a few summer safety tips named in the graphic.
  • SARC office available, only a call away

    Sexual assault reporting in the Air Force increased by nine percent in fiscal year 2019.
  • Embedded mental health essential during pandemic (Part 1)

    Embedded Air Force mental health professionals play a critical role in keeping Airmen mission ready, and during the COVID-19 pandemic they are even more important to maintaining readiness.
  • Airman raises money for COVID-19 relief efforts

    In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, one Airmen found a way to give back to the community in a very creative way. Staff. Sgt Brett Skoczek, 332nd Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance technician, saw a way he could raise funds to donate to the COVID-19 Response Fund by selling his photos.
  • Helping Agencies Team proactively connects with Airmen

    When the weight of the world weighs heavily on your mind, the Helping Agencies Team is there to help sort it out. Because circumstances are different for every Airmen, it can be daunting to find out which agency is the appropriate one to provide assistance. In some cases, multiple agencies are involved or able to help. The 332d Air Expeditionary Wing’s Helping Agencies Team, commonly referred to as the HAT, is a group of helping agencies that are united to connect and guide Airmen, building resiliency and providing tools to cope with life challenges and military service. When there is a need they also provide Airmen the resources to get assistance in times when it feels like their world is falling apart. Agencies that make up the HAT are the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, Equal Opportunity office, Inspector General, Legal office, Mental Health, Chapel staff, Victim Advocate, Physical Therapy, and First Sergeants.
  • International Nurses day: Appreciation for my Mom, nurses everywhere

    Each year on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale – founder of modern nursing, the world observes International Nurses Day to mark the contributions nurses make to society. The theme for 2020 is ‘Nursing the World to Health’ and with everything going on, I can’t think of a better, all-encompassing motto for what nurses everywhere are currently enduring and accomplishing.
  • Beale AFB T-38s honor healthcare workers, first responders with flyover

    Four T-38A Talons from the 9th Reconnaissance Wing at Beale AFB, California, saluted nurses, doctors and first responders, including those here, with an Operation American Resolve flyover May 9.
  • The ergonomics of working from home

    After weeks of checking emails from a makeshift home office, lower back pain, neck strain and carpal tunnel may be setting in. While most professional offices are designed for long term comfort, applying basic ergonomics to an at-home workstation is important to avoid musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Virtual PT keeps the competition alive

    An organization from the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center here has been supporting physical resilience and social connectedness through virtual physical training sessions. The Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks Directorate adapted their monthly intramural sports tournament to weekly training sessions and competitions held via video conference calls.
  • Delivering morale to U.S. troops in Turkey

    U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class David Camargo, 728th Air Mobility Squadron passenger service representative, volunteers at the post office April 24, 2020, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Post office personnel and volunteers from around the base unloaded and processed more than 9,000 pounds of mail over the course of two days. (U.S. Air Force photo by
  • 470th Air Base Squadron adapts, overcomes obstacles regarding COVID-19

    COVID-19 has posed numerous problems for military bases around the globe this year, from forcing many to adapt to minimal manning, to limiting travel and who is allowed to enter base installations. At Geilenkirchen NATO Air Base, Germany, the 470th Air Base Squadron’s adaptability is nothing new.
  • Believing can aid in healing

    Despite the current pandemic, the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office on Recce Town has created multiple events to recognize the importance of the month. This April, the theme for Sexual Assault Awareness and Response Prevention Month is, “Protecting Our People Protects Our Mission.” 
  • Drawing people together: JBLE Chalk the Walk

    In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the national event named “Chalk the Walk” has become an example of hope during the social distancing order. On Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, U.S. Army Soldiers and their families participated in the event April 24, 2020 by taking to their sidewalks and creating works of art with chalk.
  • Barksdale AFB B-52 bombers, LANG F-15s to fly over New Orleans and Baton Rouge in salute to COVID-19 essential workers

    Barksdale Air Force Base and Louisiana Air National Guard pilots are scheduled to fly over medical facilities in New Orleans and Baton Rouge May 1, to honor and express gratitude for all medical and healthcare professionals, essential employees and volunteers in the fight against COVID-19 as part of the Air Force Salutes program.The flyover will
  • Virtual Zumba: Fitness instructor gives new meaning to ‘SELFish’

    Staying physically active is extremely important and challenging, especially in times of social distancing caused by the coronavirus pandemic. One Zumba instructor at the Robins Air Force Base Fitness Center took her class virtual.
  • Airmen urged to maintain healthy dental habits during COVID-19 pandemic

    In March, the U.S. Air Force began deferring routine and non-urgent dental care to slow the spread of COVID-19. In alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Dental Association and Department of Defense policies, most dental care has been deferred, with the exception of emergencies, cases considered medically necessary, and care for deploying and deployed personnel.
  • Chaplains get creative to inspire during COVID-19 restrictions

    With restrictions in place to keep people safe and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, base chaplains channeled their creativity into finding new ways of inspiring Airmen and offering innovative methods to support Team Dover’s spiritual resilience.
  • Suicide survivor helps Airmen, families battle adversity during pandemic

    Airmen and families assigned to the Air Force Technical Applications Center here participated in an online video chat with suicide survivor Doug Monda to discuss resiliency as the nation grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic. Monda was joined by 92 members of the nuclear treaty monitoring center who dialed in to hear about Monda’s battle with
  • Alcohol Awareness Month: You are not alone

    The month of April is Alcohol Awareness Month. The inability to control your alcohol consumption can cause trouble in many aspects of your life. Alcoholism and its related problems can potentially burden a person physically, emotionally, financially and mentally. It's better to be proactive in educating yourself on alcohol use and how it relates to you, your friends and family.
  • Chaplains alter methods to remain connected

    The 1st Fighter Wing Chaplain Office provided lunch for 1FW members at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, April 22, 2020.
  • ‘Combat’ interpersonal conflict during quarantine

    As family members and partners spend more time together during quarantine, the odds of interpersonal conflict may increase. While this may not be the case for all, being aware of the possibility and knowing ways to prevent and healthily manage interpersonal conflict during quarantine can be beneficial.
  • SAPR Office remains open through COVID-19

    Every year the Department of Defense recognizes April as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. This year’s theme is “Protecting Our People Protects Our Mission,” and while April 2020 is significantly different than years prior, people are still the top priority of the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing.
  • Wing plugs resources for mental health, resilience

     HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – As the Air Force emphasizes the importance of resilience in recent years, the need to look after one’s mental health has become even clearer as Airmen face the effects of COVID-19 in both their professional and personal lives.LeeAnn Gossett, the 419th Fighter Wing’s director of psychological health, said there are
  • COVID-19 ops: SAPR office continues to raise awareness

    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and even during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office is finding ways to raise awareness.
  • Air Force promotes home safety, offers free firearm cable locks

    The Department of the Air Force is contributing to home safety is by offering free cable locks for personally-owned firearms, which are a first line of defense for safe storage and unintentional use.