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  • Commentary: This is how we do

    The other night I was driving home from work listening to the radio. A commercial came on for Mountain Dew and Jason Aldean, a popular country singer, said, "This is how I do" -- then went on to explain his life philosophy. Later I saw a commercial with another music star that was advertising for Mountain Dew. He also said, "This is how I do" and
  • Veterans Day honors a truly elite group

    Because we are Airmen, and are surrounded by the military on a daily basis, it can sometimes be easy to forget how incredibly significant it is to be a veteran. The approximately 22 million living veterans in this country make up only about 7 percent of the population. And less than 1 percent of Americans actively serve in the military at any
  • We Won!

    It was a long, hard-fought "battle" that began in 1848 and didn't end until 1920. It was won in Nashville when a 24-year-old legislator voted for the ratification of the 19th Amendment after being urged by his mother to do so. Because of his vote, women in America have the right to vote in each election. Some feel that they don't need to vote
  • My job is prosecuting sexual assault

    Here's a simple truth...sexual offenders reject our core values of integrity, service and excellence, in favor of following their own base, undisciplined, criminal desires. Most sexual assaults committed by Airmen are "blue on blue," or Airmen victimizing other Airmen. So in addition to rejecting our core values, these undisciplined Airmen reject
  • A message from AEDC's new commander

    First off, I'd like to say how excited I am to be the first commander of the newly designated Arnold Engineering Development Complex. I look forward to leading our combined government and contractor workforce through the transition phase of Air Force Materiel Command's five-center construct as well as through the challenges facing our country as a
  • Reflection, gratitude befit Memorial Day

    As I prepare to retire, I once again find myself reflecting on what it means to serve. Foremost in my thoughts are those who have risked their lives to preserve freedom and democracy. Even as we are hosting barbecues this weekend, or just enjoying extra time with our families, brave men and women are demonstrating their commitment to the United
  • Commentary: 2011 a time of successes, 2012 will bring change

    As the holidays draw close and the year winds down, we have an opportunity to reflect on the past 12 months and think ahead about what's to come. I would like to thank our team of more than 85,000 hard-working Airmen--military and civilian. As a result of your talents and professionalism, we have seen many successes this year across all of our
  • Veterans Day -- A time to remember

    Duty, honor, country: these words are just as significant today as they were in the past. As Air Force Materiel Command continues to equip warfighters, these words have strengthened our resolve and prepared us for the future.All the great wars fought at home and abroad transformed this country, making it strong and dedicated to the cause of
  • Changing the energy culture

    The absolute lifeblood of the modern military is energy. It allows us to be expeditionary and go anywhere on the globe. For true energy assurance as an Air Force, we need to be able to find energy solutions and strategies anywhere, even in hostile nations. At the most basic level, that assurance starts with reducing demand, diversifying supply and
  • Commentary: 10 years later, tragic losses of 9/11 reflect nation's unity, strength

    Ten years ago we experienced a tragic attack on our nation -- an attack that changed our lives and changed our national security focus. Though we suffered great loss, the devastation on Sept. 11 failed to achieve its intended goals. Rather than causing us to shrink, we grew stronger; instead of breaking us apart, we became more unified and
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