Thursday, June 16, 2016
As Usual, Hurlburt Field Leads the Way
I am three weeks and change from retiring, but I am glad to know that I can now be protected when I drive on base for my retirement ceremony in the coming weeks.
For some time now, military members have had to drive to and from work disarmed, setting themselves apart from civilians in the same location driving to work at Wal-Mart or wherever. Fortunately Congress reiterated its previous stance, in light of military members being targeted and murdered here at home, that installation commanders can allow military members to have weapons on base.
Still, few commanders were and are willing to allow their members to be armed while waiting in long lines at the front gate like sitting ducks.
Not so at the gates of Hurlburt Field. In a new policy decision, members with concealed carry licenses are able to keep weapons in their vehicles. It's a great decision and I believe reflects the superior leadership culture of the premiere combat community of our service. Combat breeds courage and common sense. Non-combat breeds convention and careerism and risk aversion.
Great job AFSOC leadership for setting the example yet again. Let's hope other installation commanders follow instead of continuing to risk the lives of their service members and their families.