Commentary

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 contributions to the advancement of modern-day air power. As the month of May closes and the Air Staff feverishly reviews the thousands of innovative ideas submitted by young Airmen, I thought it appropriate to recognize an Airman who committed his entire

June 2, 2011

Texting while driving

According to a 2010 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study, there were over 448,000 motor vehicle crashes that involved driver distraction, and 38 percent of those were caused by people texting while driving.Although cell phone usage has improved our accessibility, it has also proven our physiological inability to multi-task.The human

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. Recently, I've spent some time reflecting on this past year and am simply amazed what we are doing to ensure sons, daughters, mothers and fathers are reunited with their loved ones. We currently have a 97.5 percent mission effectiveness rate and

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 those words and think "oh great, another day of briefings." However, I'd like to give you a better understanding of why we safety guys focus on the 101 Critical Days of Summer and why that's a good thing for you. The 101 Critical Days of Summer

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 one type of food to eat for the rest of my life, I'd choose Mexican food. Mexico also has amazing history. The ancient Mayan and Aztec civilizations were remarkably ahead of their time, and they left impressive stone pyramids and artifacts as a

Feb. 22, 2010

Finding Yourself: Have You Googled Yourself Lately?

In today's internet and information-driven world, many of us take for granted how much information is literally a few keystrokes away. For example, if you're craving Ethiopean food but aren't sure where to find some, it's as simple as opening up Google and typing "Ethiopean restaurants in Las Vegas," then voila: right before your eyes, you now have

Dec. 2, 2009

From Hunter 1: Thank you and continue to press forward

The end of another year is upon us. Thanksgiving has come and gone, and we're staring down Christmas and a New Year of saving lives overseas. In this time of celebration, I want to take a few minutes to thank you for what you have accomplished in 2009.You have flown or supported the flying of over 9,000 combat sorties and 145,000 combat flight

Nov. 25, 2009

COMACC Holiday Safety Message 2009

Fellow Airmen,The holiday season gives us the opportunity to spend time with family and friends, reflect on the past year, and look forward to future opportunities. It is a time to remember those currently deployed around the world preserving peace and freedom. This year, as you take the time to celebrate the holidays, I hope you will join me in

Sept. 22, 2009

Think force protection: Beware of the dry run

 If your commander directed you to participate in a parade tomorrow, would you know exactly what you'd do or where you'd go? You'd probably need some practice. When terrorists get ready to attack, they never just go out and do it: they need practice. Sometimes, they'll use their real-world equipment and run though everything exactly like they would

Sept. 14, 2009

Thoughts on September 11th

Eight years ago, the world was a different place. Families would gather around the airport gate to welcome their loved ones home. Celebrities, crime, and the usual politics dominated the media coverage. The words "terrorism," "jihad," "fatwa," and "al-Qaida" were not in anyone's daily vocabulary. Liquids of all sizes were allowed on commercial