Commentary: Band holds special meaning for couple

Courtesy photo The Caffreys with the Oak ridge Boys in 2004. A Cannon Air Force Base couple was able to reunite with one of their favorite music groups, and capture a photograph they had been chasing for seven years. Tech Sgt. Ed Caffrey and his wife Tyleen, had a backstage meeting with The Oak Ridge […]

Commentary: We can all find ways to serve our country

By Gunnery Sgt.Pauline Franklin Editor’s note: The following column was written by Gunnery Sgt. Pauline Franklin, who is stationed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, with the 2nd Marine Division (Forward). I miss so many things about my home in Jacksonville, N.C. I miss tucking my children into bed each night with a kiss. I miss the […]

Their view: Children need to learn historical significance

Daniel Burnett, press secretary for the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a non-profit dedicated to academic excellence, offers this commentary on the importance of knowing our history:

Commentary: Mentoring makes difference

By Lt. Col. Paul Valenzuela: Force Development Policy and Integration WASHINGTON — I have always enjoyed reading about the comments and experiences of our airmen in the field. Recently, a Hurlburt Field “Tip of the Spear” spotlight caught my attention. It highlighted Staff Sgt. Erin McLoughlin, a 4th Special Operations Squadron AC-130U loadmaster instructor. As […]

Commentary: Air Force places strong emphasis on values

By Chief Master Sgt. Jon E. Mountjoy: 27th Special Operations Group chief enlisted manager Our Air Force core values: Integrity First, Service Before Self and Excellence In All We Do, are not just what we do, they’re who we are. We emulate these values because they are the standard for behavior, not only in the […]

Commentary: Rank of NCO carries great deal of responsibility

By Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Caruso: 27th SOW Command Chief I am not convinced we are doing our best when it comes to non-commissioned officer leadership. I say “we” because, like all senior non-commissioned officers, I am an NCO at the core. Both the staff sergeant and tech sergeant chevrons reside within the master sergeant, […]

Commentary: Housing markets tight for military communities

The inability of homebuilders to secure construction loans in this weak economy, combined with major force realignments from Europe and other areas, has created housing shortages for families at many large stateside military bases, the Government Accountability Office reports. The housing squeeze, which impacts at least 19 bases, isn’t going to be relieved anytime soon […]

Commentary: ‘I hate this place’ all-too-familiar phrase

“I hate this place” is a phrase I’ve uttered a time or two at every base I’ve been to. It’s funny how a person can complain about a stage in life and then look back to realize it was the best thing for them. Military life isn’t easy. Having to uproot your family, and give […]

My turn: Commentary wouldn’t be too kind

Sports and sporting events have resulted in catchy phrases. You can expect interesting comments from broadcasters, coaches, and even players. The color commentator spends time talking to players and coaches and throws things out to keep us interested. From the golf comment, “The uglier a man’s legs are, the better golfer he is.” To football, […]

Commentary: In need of a will? Look no further

By Lt. Col. Ira Perkins: 21st Space Wing Staff Judge Advocate

Commentary: Texting while driving can cost you

By 2nd Lt. Stephanie Strine: 27th SOW Public Affairs Let’s say next weekend you pack up the family and head out on a 1,000-mile road trip for your summer vacation. But you decide to take a nap for 766 miles…at the wheel! “What?!” you say. “No self-respecting parent would risk his or her family’s safety […]

Commentary: Will you be ready to meet the board?

Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Eric Jaren: Command Chief, Air Force Materiel Command WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — Beginning September 2010, airmen assigned to the Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command who are selected to compete for quarterly awards will be required to physically appear before a military selection board. Twelve Outstanding Airmen of the […]

Commentary: Feeding camels tiresome, yet important task

By Tech. Sgt. Kevin Wallace: 100th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs RAF MILDENHALL, England — When my 3-year-old asked me why I was going to the desert in 2004, I said, “Daddy has to go feed the camels,” and that was enough to sustain his curiosity. My 7- and 8-year-olds didn’t buy it. Despite their […]

Commentary: Unique challenges offer tremendous opportunities

By Chief Master Sgt. Bill Turner: 27th SOW command chief My family and I are six months into this assignment, and it has been an incredible six months. When we were stationed in Washington, D.C., we yearned for the quieter life, and we found it here at Cannon Air Force Base. Now, our teenage daughters […]

Commentary: Running is for fitness, not a test

By Bill Goins: 8th Fighter Wing KUNSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — Let me start by saying this isn’t a commentary on getting better at a test. Your Air Force fitness test is simply a check-up. If you are training for your test, you are doomed to fail eventually. The Air Force Fitness Program isn’t […]

Commentary: Captain’s dreams ended by drunken driver

By Senior Airman Emerald Ralston: 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — Capt. Alan Yee had just finished pilot training and was out with friends celebrating. He and his friends realized they had one too many drinks to drive, and called a cab. As they were travelling down a 50 […]

Commentary: Important to watch well-being of others

By Tech. Sgt. Gloria Wilson: 27th SOW Public Affairs

Commentary: Fly, fight and win: A Spectre’s perspective

By Lt. Col. Sean Farrell: 16th SOS commander and air commando HURLBURT FIELD, Fla.

Commentary: Season of giving extended to Cannon

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USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Maynelinne De La Cruz Col. Mark LaRose, (right) 27th Special Operations Maintenance Group commander, Col. Kenneth Hall, 27th Special Operations Medical Group Commander, center, and Col. Hans Kaspar, 27th Special Operations Wing Vice Commander, serve a holiday dinner By Col. Timothy Leahy: 27th SOW commander Special Operations Wing, I’d like […]

Commentary: Group provides weekend adventures

USAF photo: Airman Maynelinne De La Cruz Airman 1st Class Stacey Dean, 27th SOAMS, climbs up Sandia Mountain in Albuquerque on Nov. 1. By Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez: 27th SOW Public Affairs As a single, junior- enlisted airman I often ask myself the same question every Friday, “What will I be doing this weekend?” […]