Tag Archives: Secretary of the Air Force

March 18 Tweetchat with Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James

By Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James conducted her second tweet chat March 18, providing insights on a variety of topics in today’s Air Force including diversity, modernization, force management and more. In case you couldn’t participate, here’s a summary of what was covered.

Continue reading March 18 Tweetchat with Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James

ICYMI: SecAF’s first town hall

By Tanya Schusler
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James held her first live town hall, Open Door, Dec. 16, in which she answered questions from social media and Airmen around the world and in the audience. She addressed the Air Force budget, the importance of family support and her first year as secretary, among other topics. She also announced that there would be no involuntary force shaping in fiscal year 2015.

If you missed the broadcast, you can watch it on our YouTube channel. Lucky for you, we also have our notable tweets from Open Door.

Secretary of the Air Force’s 10 lessons in leadership and life

By Air Force Public Affairs Agency

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James conducted her first tweet chat Oct. 25, and discussed her top 10 leadership and life lessons. James said she was excited to share lessons learned during her 30-year career working in the government and industry. Those who weren’t able to participate in her original tweet chat can read all the questions and responses below.

Continue reading Secretary of the Air Force’s 10 lessons in leadership and life

Women’s History Month: honoring female trailblazers

by Rich Lamance, Defense Media Activity Air Force Production
edited by Meredith March, Defense Media Activity Air Force Production

Female Airmen have come a long way in seven decades.

Air Force Week kicks off in New York City

While women were allowed to serve in just two official Army Air Corps women’s aviation units more than 70 years ago, they currently comprise nearly 20 percent of the active-duty Air Force.

Each day this month, AF.mil is celebrating female Air Force pioneers by showcasing a woman or women’s organization that made an impact on the service.

The series began with Col. Jeannie Leavitt, the Air Force’s first female fighter pilot and later the service’s first woman to graduate from the Air Force Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Last year, Leavitt became the Air Force’s first female combat wing commander.

Other profiles will include Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, the Air Force’s first female four-star general, and Sheila Widnall, the first female Secretary of the Air Force.

To read all of profiles in the series, go to AF.mil’s Women’s History Month page.

Dispatch from a Pentagon Airman

Master Sergeant Russ Petcoff provided us with dispatches from Ali Base, Iraq. Now he’s back at the Pentagon and plans to share his insights from a local perspective. Here’s his first “Dispatch from a Pentagon Airman.”

Life in the Pentagon is definitely different from Ali Base, Iraq. It’s not nearly as hot…though it is more humid. The commute on Metro Rail is definitely longer than the 10-minute walk from my CHU (military lingo for Containerized Housing Unit, a.k.a. trailer) to the office. The greatest blessing is no ubiquitous dust and dust storms!

No longer being at Ali Base doesn’t necessarily mean the end of my “Dispatchs.” My job at Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Operations gives me the opportunity to see what is happening throughout the Air Force. Here’s what caught my eye.

Airmen to the rescue
Saw a story from Misawa Air Base, Japan, of eight Airmen rescuing a Japanese civilian from burning car that crashed into a home (see Misawa Airmen rescue Japanese citizen). The Airmen put into practice first aid training they learned.

The story by Staff Sgt. Phillip Butterfield, 35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office, Misawa AB, describes what the Airmen saw.

“When we arrived at the scene of the accident, we heard someone say, there’s a guy hurt out there,” said Airman 1st Class Aaron Lauer, a 35th Maintenance Operations Squadron production analyst. “I, and several others, jumped off the bus and ran over to him. He was lying a few feet from the car, and we knew we had to get this guy away from it before it exploded. The car was extremely hot, and I remember it was hard to breathe.”

After pulling the limp victim to safety, Tech. Sgt. Rory Stark, a 35th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technician, and Senior Airman Thomas Sullivan, a 35th Medical Support Squadron shipping section supervisor, along with five other Airmen, put their Air Force training into practice. Together they determined the full extent of his injuries and rendered the appropriate life-saving techniques.

Airman in the Afghan fight

The media is filled with stories of the military situation in Afghanistan. There are a lot of stories about Soldiers and Marines in the fight. However, there are Airmen on the ground in the fight as well. Living life in the Korengal valley tells the story of Soldiers coming under fire daily in an Afghan valley (hat tip to Army Sgt. Matthew Moeller, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment). Calling in air support for them is Tech. Sgt. Joel McPherson, a joint terminal attack controller. The Airman brings in two F-15E Strike Eagles who dropped 500-pound bombs on the insurgents.

On to another type of Airman are Military Working Dogs (or would they be Airdogs?). Ever wonder what happens to them when their service is up or no longer required? People can adopt them. Officials outline adoption process for military working dogs explains the process of adopting “Airman Fido.” For people interested in adopting a former MWD, they can go to Adoption Information.

Cool photo
The coolest Air Force Photo of the Week (in my opinion) comes from Yokota Air Base, Japan. Osakabe Yasuo shot “Blaze of friendship” which captures a fireworks display from the 2009 Yokota AB Japanese-American Friendship Festival. Other photos from around the Air Force are at Air Force Week in Photos.

Walking 7,000 miles away
Despite being deployed, one Reservist from California didn’t keep her from her annual commitment to participate in the Walk for Breast Cancer in Los Angeles (Sergeant continues the ‘walk’ more than 7,000 miles away from home, hat tip to Staff Sgt. Daniel Martinez, 506th Air Expeditionary Group Public Affairs, for the story).

Master Sgt. Loretta Patino, 506th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron, organized a walk at Kirkuk Regional Air Base, Iraq. The Aug. 20 event attracted 150 Airmen and Soliders who raised $3,100.
“It’s very personal to me and it’s the least that I can do to try to give something back and do something in my friends’ memory,” Sergeant Patino said.

Great way to make your deployment even more meaningful, Sergeant Patino!

FOB-hopping chaplain
A Catholic chaplain traveling to forward operating bases to ensure Catholic service members can celebrate Mass offers one of the best quotes of the week: “We can (celebrate) Mass on the hood of a jeep if we need to. To me, there is no awkward place to perform Mass.”

Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Mark Rowan’s efforts is chronicled in Chaplain FOB hops, provides mass to isolated servicemembers (h/t to Senior Airman Jessica Lockoski, 506th Air Expeditionary Group Public Affairs, for her story).

Chaplain Rowan said men and women at some deployed locations go without Catholic Mass and confession for weeks at a time. “It’s wonderful for me to be able to minister to [deployed servicemembers]  … bring the church to them, and let them know they are not forgotten or abandoned by the church,” Chaplain Rowan said.