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Changing the way the military communicates

DOD released an interesting story today regarding how DOD has its sights set on changing the way we communicate.  Story is posted here.  There’s an effort moving forward to harness more emerging technologies, and mediums like blogging and video-sharing.  The story highlights Mr. Price Floyd, the Pentagon’s new Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs. 

Air Force PA has recently started to move in this direction with recent additions, like this blog, live-Twitter feeds from bases supporting the front lines, Airmen blogging about their personal experiences and the re-design and release of Air Force Link, which now offers a feed-back mechanism for comments.  Expect more from military communicators in the future.

Congrats graduates!

We’d like to congratulate all the new accessions into the Air Force this summer.  You’re joining the service at a great time; you’ll have the opportunity to lead, change, deploy and serve the nation.  This picture is fitting of the digital natives now coming into the junior ranks of the Air Force.  As we discussed recently, more and more Airmen are signing up with social networks and using mobile devices to stay connected. 

Here, 2nd Lt. Ashleigh Peck celebrates her appointment following graduation from USAFA May 27, 2009.  She’s slated to become a Public Affairs officer. Time and time again, Airmen are finding ways to stay connected, share their opinions and discuss items with their peers, elected officials and the media. 

Photo by Dennis Rogers 090527-F-2319R-004.

Dispatch from Ali Base, 29 May 2009

This post is from Master Sgt. Russ Petcoff.  He’s an Airman deployed to the war and tells different stories from the desert. 


Memorial Day, May 25, did not go unnoticed on Ali Base, thanks to the hard work of Chief Master Sgt. Gerald Delebreau. He arranged a guards-of-honor vigil near the flagpole and Airmen’s Memorial in Bedrock.  


The vigil featured two Airmen pulling 10-minute shifts from 5 a.m. to midnight.  There were only two pauses, one at 3 p.m. for a moment of silence and another for the Ali Base first-ever Joint Service Retreat Ceremony. The chief worked more than 21 hours – through the scorching 108-degree heat and on his feet – to ensure a dignified remembrance for America’s servicemembers who paid the ultimate sacrifice. For Memorial Day 2009, Chief Delebreau embodied the second Air Force Core Value of Service Before Self! 


More than 220 Ali Base Airmen volunteered their time to stand vigil.  One Airman was Senior Master Sgt. Robert Clickener, (left) 407th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron.  Sergeant Clickener is deployed here from the 7th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, and his hometown is Las Cruces, N.M.  


Airmen with the 557th Expeditionary RED HORSE Squadron have been busy with construction projects around Ali Base and Contingency Operating Base Adder.  



Staff Sgt. Kenya Shiloh writes in her mission feature on the unit, “Since their arrive to Ali Base, the unit has been working on several projects. They are constructing a Regional Class IV yard for the 14th Engineer Battalion from Fort Lewis, Wash., and modifying a Forward Arming and Refueling Point for the base. Squadron members are also building a new tactical operations center (TOC) for the battalion. … Other projects the 557th ERHS is working on include a motor pool, and an Army and Air Force Exchange Services pre-engineered building.”



Ali Base photographer Staff Sgt. Christopher Marasky shot an awesome photograph of Staff Sgt. Robert Calton, 557th ERHS, welding a doorframe (left). Sergeant Colton is deployed here from the 819th RED HORSE Squadron, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., and hails from Modesto, Calif.



The slang term “bird brain” generally means someone not very smart.  However, that is not indicative of some of the birds here.  Outside the group headquarters building is a latrine with an air conditioner.  On Saturday, May 23, the temperature soared to more than 120 degrees!  Everything sought cool air, including the birds.  They perched on the threshold to the latrine and enjoyed the cool air seeping out.