• Commentary – Operational reservists no longer held in reserve

    (The following commentary is adapted from an article by Col. Mark Clemons, 442nd Fighter Wing commander.) Twenty years ago, the Air Force Reserve served the role of a strategic force held in reserve, ready to take over domestic Regular Air Force functions in the time of a national crisis. Since the

  • Dog tags identify more than the present

    My first instructor at U.S. Air Force pilot training barked: "Always wear your dog tags when you fly so we'll know who you are." Since I feared the guy, I did as I was told. Those two small disks, embossed with my name, social security number, blood type and religion have almost always dangled

  • Sometimes it takes a stranger

    It was cold that day when I was about to leave the base after a long day's work. Actually that afternoon, it was windy enough to warrant one of those pop-up computer alerts, and there was a rain-ice mix in the forecast. It reminded me of a scene from the movie, "Forest Gump," where he described the

  • Suicide prevention: Sergeant shares why it's important to get help

    When I hear songs from the 1960s, I am reminded of trips with my dad to the Fort Worth (Texas) Zoo and learning how to drive while sitting on his lap. These memories are bittersweet. I will never be able to see my dad again. He wasn't there at my wedding or to see me join the Air Force. He won't be

  • Commander sends thanks in holiday message

    As we look forward to this holiday season and the New Year, I want to take a moment to express my gratitude to each of you, your families and employers for the sacrifices you've made for our country each and every day. Our Airmen have answered the call to service during a critical time in our

  • Why we do this to ourselves?

    It's 4:45 a.m. Saturday morning of a unit training assembly weekend and you're the only one awake in your house. You hit the start button on the coffee maker, shower and put on your uniform. You give your spouse or significant other a peck on their still-asleep face, fill up your to-go cup with

  • I'm going where? To Djibouti!

    When the Air Force Reserve Command personnel specialist asked me if I could deploy in support of AEF 9 and 10, I said, “Yes,” and then I asked, “Where?” The answer I received was Camp Lemonier, Republic of Djibouti, Africa. It is not my idea of the ideal place for a 120-day deployment, but I was

  • To the Airmen of the United States Air Force

    NOTE: The following commentary is adapted from a Sept. 2 letter by Gen. T. Michael Moseley, Air Force chief of staff. We are a Nation at war. Sept. 2 marked the 1,426th day we've been fighting Operation Enduring Freedom. World War II lasted 1,347 days. We've now been fighting the Global War on

  • Holiday season message highlights importance of life

    As the holiday season and another year approach, let us take time to consider what is really important – family and friends. During this time of year, we tend to hold our families a little closer, realizing that what we take for granted can change in an instant. We need to remember our friends who