HomeMediaArticle Display

Commentary - Fostering the American spirit

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- It's difficult to be positive when the news is riddled with bleak stories about our economic recession, 15+ trillion dollar debt, high unemployment and record housing foreclosures. While it can be easy to get beat down and accept failure, this is not the American way. Instead we must stay strong, pull together and aggressively take action to correct the situation. From a holistic standpoint our Nation's current economic situation is overwhelming but with commitment and determination I think we can and will pull out of this slump. While some approaches will not reap the desired affects, we as American's don't give up! Our Nation was built on sacrifices, strength, ingenuity and optimism, so we must not waiver.

Throughout our 235-year history we faced many tough times ranging from war, terrorism attacks and natural disasters. No matter what the adversity, Americans have learned to overcome the impossible. So what motivates a Nation of more than 312 million people to achieve such remarkable feats? In my mind it all stems from "patriotism." An example of this is the display of the American flag at businesses, homes and on vehicles. Old Glory is everywhere. Throughout all my travels, I never observed such patriotism in other countries. Bottom line, we are a proud Nation. While we work through these hard times, we need to focus on the positive, our freedom and the opportunities we have and that others only get to dream about.

It's easy to say we live in a great Nation. Several years ago I attended a naturalization ceremony in Salt Lake confirming these thoughts. During the ceremony individuals were given the opportunity to address the audience about why they came to America. There were many compelling stories and one that stood out to me was a man from Herzegovina whose family was murdered as a result of ethnic cleansing during the Bosnian War. The man was very emotional yet simultaneously jubilant that he was now a U.S. citizen. As he described his hardships he revealed that he immigrated to the United States for a better life, one free of persecution. To me, it sure says a lot when an individual travels 5,846 miles for a better life!

As you ponder the various positive aspects of living in this great Nation, it's important to focus on how we can make it better. First, be a model citizen and live up to your responsibilities. Support and defend the constitution. Serve your country when required, participate in the democratic process, respect and obey federal, state and local laws, respect the rights, beliefs and opinions of others, and participate in your local community. Second, seek out and purchase goods made in the USA to foster a strong domestic economy. Finally, for those who are fortunate enough to have a job and home during these difficult economic times, reach out and help those in need by donating food, clothing and/or monetary contributions.

These responsibilities are not the solutions to solving our economic problems, but it is the means to make us stronger. As proven time and time again, a strong Nation can overcome any challenge. So stay positive, fulfill your responsibilities, and we will strengthen this Nation and prevail.
USAF Comments Policy
If you wish to comment, use the text box below. AF reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.

This is a moderated forum. That means all comments will be reviewed before posting. In addition, we expect that participants will treat each other, as well as our agency and our employees, with respect. We will not post comments that contain abusive or vulgar language, spam, hate speech, personal attacks, violate EEO policy, are offensive to other or similar content. We will not post comments that are spam, are clearly "off topic", promote services or products, infringe copyright protected material, or contain any links that don't contribute to the discussion. Comments that make unsupported accusations will also not be posted. The AF and the AF alone will make a determination as to which comments will be posted. Any references to commercial entities, products, services, or other non-governmental organizations or individuals that remain on the site are provided solely for the information of individuals using this page. These references are not intended to reflect the opinion of the AF, DoD, the United States, or its officers or employees concerning the significance, priority, or importance to be given the referenced entity, product, service, or organization. Such references are not an official or personal endorsement of any product, person, or service, and may not be quoted or reproduced for the purpose of stating or implying AF endorsement or approval of any product, person, or service.

Any comments that report criminal activity including: suicidal behaviour or sexual assault will be reported to appropriate authorities including OSI. This forum is not:

  • This forum is not to be used to report criminal activity. If you have information for law enforcement, please contact OSI or your local police agency.
  • Do not submit unsolicited proposals, or other business ideas or inquiries to this forum. This site is not to be used for contracting or commercial business.
  • This forum may not be used for the submission of any claim, demand, informal or formal complaint, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notice or process, or for the exhaustion of any legal and/or administrative remedy.

AF does not guarantee or warrant that any information posted by individuals on this forum is correct, and disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from reliance on any such information. AF may not be able to verify, does not warrant or guarantee, and assumes no liability for anything posted on this website by any other person. AF does not endorse, support or otherwise promote any private or commercial entity or the information, products or services contained on those websites that may be reached through links on our website.

Members of the media are asked to send questions to the public affairs through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Reporter questions will not be posted. We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage federal resources, moderating and posting of comments will occur during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Comments submitted after hours or on weekends will be read and posted as early as possible; in most cases, this means the next business day.

For the benefit of robust discussion, we ask that comments remain "on-topic." This means that comments will be posted only as it relates to the topic that is being discussed within the blog post. The views expressed on the site by non-federal commentators do not necessarily reflect the official views of the AF or the Federal Government.

To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include personally identifiable information, such as name, Social Security number, DoD ID number, OSI Case number, phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment. If you do voluntarily include personally identifiable information in your comment, such as your name, that comment may or may not be posted on the page. If your comment is posted, your name will not be redacted or removed. In no circumstances will comments be posted that contain Social Security numbers, DoD ID numbers, OSI case numbers, addresses, email address or phone numbers. The default for the posting of comments is "anonymous", but if you opt not to, any information, including your login name, may be displayed on our site.

Thank you for taking the time to read this comment policy. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.

Department of the Air Force does not exercise any responsibility or oversight of the content at external link destination.

The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the United States Department of Defense of linked web sites or the information, products, or services contained therein. For other than authorized activities such as military exchanges and morale, welfare and recreation sites, the United States Department of Defense does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. All links are provided consistent with the mission of this web site.