Commentary

Aug. 31, 2009

432d Maintenance Squadron celebrates its first year at Creech

One year ago, on Aug. 22, 2008, our 432d Maintenance Squadron officially began performing maintenance operations services for the MQ-1B Predator, MQ-9 Reaper and their ground control stations. Our mission as the 432 MXS is to perform on and off-equipment maintenance and maintenance operations services for the Predator and Reaper aircraft. Our

Aug. 6, 2009

12 AF (AFSOUTH) commander bids farewell: “People” key to success in life, career

On Sept. 30, I'll serve my last day in the U.S. Air Force. The Air Force has defined my life since 1974 and since then, I've enjoyed every day as an Airman. While the strength of faith and family have certainly carried me these past 35 years, what's been key to my personal and professional successes -- and the successes of our Air Force -- hasn't

Aug. 4, 2009

Hunter 1 discusses priorities

CREECH AFB, Nev. - A little over a month ago, I accepted command of the 432d Wing and realized I was about to embark on an incredible journey. I come from a proud military family. My grandfather served in the Navy, my father served in the Air Force, my wife is active duty Air Force, and with more than 2,800 flying hours and 200 combat missions in

May 20, 2009

Hunter 1 Departs

Over two years ago, when Lt Gen Norman Seip, 12 AF commander, called with an exciting opportunity to stand up a wing from scratch, I knew we were about to begin an important journey with some of the finest Airmen the Air Force has to offer. Being designated the first Unmanned Aircraft Systems Wing in the Air Force, there were definitely some

May 6, 2009

Hunters continue to provide support to warriors in OIF, OEF

Only four months into the New Year, we've continued to put forth our best efforts and the end results have spoken volumes. The success we've had has resulted in a higher demand for what we do. As operations in Afghanistan and Iraq continue, so does the need for providing real-time reconnaissance, surveillance, and precision attack. Our

Feb. 20, 2009

Victory through knowledge and valor

With the arrival of the 432d Wing's 66th birthday, on Feb. 22nd, each member of the Hunters team has an opportunity to reflect more fully on the unit's distinguished history and the rich and enduring legacy that is their inheritance. The 432d has a remarkable record of accomplishments, from days distant and recent, and a clear promise of future

Feb. 12, 2009

Give me a piece of your mind:Commander’s ‘Open Door’ policy available online

Ever feel like no one is listening? Facing an important organizational issue your team has been struggling to resolve? Have an idea that will save our organization time, resources or manpower? If you feel like your voice isn't being heard, sometimes one might need to elevate the discussion further up the chain of command. As the commander, those

Feb. 12, 2009

Winning the War on Terror with old ideas

"We stand today on the edge of a new frontier--the frontier of the 1960's-a frontier of unknown opportunities and perils--a frontier of unfulfilled hopes and threats." John F. Kennedy, Acceptance Speech, 1960 As an avid non-fiction reader and student of history, I'm always thrilled when I have the opportunity to rifle through my Dad's library. A

Dec. 18, 2008

Hunter 1 wishes Hunters safe, happy holidays

Wherever you may be in the world, and whatever your background may be, the holiday season can be a memorable experience enjoyed by all. It's a time for celebration, spending time with our family and loved ones, and taking some time for reflection on the events and accomplishments of the past year. However, this time of year can also bring about

Nov. 19, 2008

Holidays call for “whole family” approach to safety

When families gather for the holidays, it's natural to 'keep an eye out' for groups of nieces and nephews, sons and daughters excited to play together during seasonal celebrations. Airmen thoughtfully "childproof" their homes and check Christmas lights for faults that might lead to a shock. Families check websites for product safety recalls and