Air Force Featured Stories

  • Volunteerism affects positive change

    Throughout our military careers, we often talk of being a volunteer force, a subset of our culture that has volunteered to serve our country in the profession of arms. Without disrespect to anyone currently in uniform or those that have served before me, I have always been in conflict over the

  • Celebrating National American Indian Heritage Month

    During November, Americans celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month. This year's theme is "Growing Native Leaders: Enhancing our Severn Generations." On Nov. 11, Americans also celebrated Veterans Day. Through these two observances, Americans can celebrate not only the significant

  • The importance of mentorship

    When I worked at U.S. Africa Command, the organization took steps to connect its member countries and cultures, to include referencing local proverbs during meetings. The most frequently mentioned saying was, "If you want to travel fast, travel alone; if you want to travel far, travel together."

  • The in-house recruiter

    As difficult as it may be to supervise our Airmen, we must always strive to endear them while we endure them because, after all, we were once them.

  • Balance

    Whether we're talking about our life, family, or career, it boils down to balance. Having a healthy balance is the only way that we can sustain effectiveness. I can recall times as a young officer when working 14 hours a day was common. There are times when the mission will drive us to work extended

  • Follow up: It can be a matter of life, death

    Really taking care of Airmen means more than passing them off to a helping agency, assuming they're good to go, and then moving on. It means following up over the long term and not allowing ourselves to believe that anyone is immune from needing a helping hand, and more than just once. It may be

  • Separated but not alone

    Growing up as a military child myself, I knew separation could be extremely hard and hit at any time. Looking back, I now know how alone my mother felt whenever my father went on deployments or TDY. It seems like an eternity waiting for your loved one to return home so you aren't carrying all the

  • Reminder to be safe, vigilant during holiday weekend

    As we enter this holiday weekend and enjoy the activities celebrating our nation’s independence, commanders and supervisors will remind us to focus on safety as we participate in cookouts, fireworks and outdoor fun.

  • Yokota aircrew recounts Nepal earthquake

    Maj. Gregory Kantz, a C-130H Hercules aircrew member who landed in Kathmandu, Nepal, just moments before a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the country on April 25, recounts his experience.

  • Honest answers to sexual assault myths

    As Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month comes to a close, I want to take the opportunity to address three persistent myths regarding the Air Force’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program. These myths include a commander’s ability to start, stop or otherwise hinder a sexual

  • General courts-martial for sexual assault: How do they work?

    Support for military sexual assault victims and the number of reported offenses have increased in recent years, resulting in more investigations and courts-martial involving sexual assault charges. This article describes the general court-martial process and some of the unique aspects with regards

  • Heavy drinking: Highway to disaster

    Heavy drinking is defined as consuming five or more standard drinks in one sitting. It is also considered "high risk" drinking due to the health concerns associated with drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. Many stories about heavy drinking are glamorized, not publicized, or forgotten altogether,

  • Sexual assault survivor: One Airman’s story

    Sexual assault is a hot topic — one addressed in annual training and at commander’s calls throughout the Air Force — yet the details of victims’ stories are seldom mentioned. This is understandable. These crimes against service members are intensely personal. Also, as many survivors have learned,

  • ‘Learning from the Holocaust: Choosing to act’

    This year, April 12-19 marks the observance of the Holocaust Days of Remembrance, with the official Day of Remembrance taking place April 16. The Days of Remembrance were established by the U.S. Congress in 1980 to memorialize the 6 million Jews, as well as millions of non-Jewish victims, who were

  • Rosie the Riveter and me

    Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow tells us about "Rosie the Riveter" and how she impacted her life.