Commentaries

April 20, 2018

Blended Retirement System Problem - You Could Lose Matching Contributions

If you’re in the blended retirement system and are fortunate to max out, or nearly max out, your yearly contribution to your thrift savings plan, listen up! The matching contributions are not as straightforward as they seem.

Feb. 28, 2018

Sun setting the MQ-1 Predator: A commander’s farewell

As we draw closer to the March 9, 2018 sunset of the MQ-1 Predator, as the commander of the 15th Attack Squadron, the last squadron in Air Combat Command to operate the venerable aircraft, I have been asked numerous times for my thoughts about the retirement of the “Pred.” I will attempt to explain my thoughts and feelings about an aircraft and mission I have been flying for almost the entirety of my career.

Feb. 28, 2018

Blended Retirement System Problem - You Could Lose Matching Contributions

If you're in the blended retirement system and max out, or nearly max out, your yearly contribution to your thrift savings plan, listen up! The matching contributions are not as straightforward as they seem. The yearly maximum in 2018 you can contribute to your TSP is $18,500. Also, BRS will match contributions up to 4 percent of your base pay...EACH PAY PERIOD.

June 1, 2017

Addressing Transactional Development

The purpose of development is to close the gap between demands and abilities. Professional gaps are fluid for Airmen due to frequently changing titles, duty locations, ranks and personal goals. The Air Force attempts to provide baseline skills through training and professional military education, but too often these efforts are completed as transactions: completing requirement X provides benefit Y. Under the Full Range Leadership Model, transactional leadership behaviors result in follower compliance and the pursuit of superficial rewards. The leader’s emphasis is typically on performance in the current rating period or short-term career requirements.

July 16, 2013

My vacation to Moore, Okla.

I was on vacation in Oklahoma at the end of May, to visit family. My wife and I were actually

May 30, 2013

'An Innovator's DNA:' Col. John Boyd

Surprisingly, few Airmen have heard of Col. John Boyd, with far fewer aware of his innovative

June 2, 2011

Texting while driving

According to a 2010 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study, there were over 448,000

Dec. 22, 2010

From Hunter 1: Getting back to the basics and charging onward ...

As 2010 comes to a close, we have the holidays to look forward to and the beginning of a new year.

May 25, 2010

101 Critical Days of Summer begins

Every year about this time, we start to hear about the 101 Critical Days of Summer. Most of us hear

May 19, 2010

Don't Go to Mexico...Right Now

Mexico is an amazing place. As far as I'm concerned, they have amazing cuisine. If I had to choose