Tech. Sgt. Julie Waltz, left, and other Airmen stationed at the Air Force Academy observe retreat during a ceremony in the Terrazzo March 3, 2011. Sergeant Waltz is the NCO in charge of cadet classifications and assignments for the Academy's Directorate of Manpower and Personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Don Branum)
Master Sgt. Greg Meinert, left, and other Airmen assigned to the Air Force Academy observe retreat during a ceremony in the Academy's Terrazzo March 3, 2011. Sergeant Meinert, the Headquarters Section first sergeant, served as guidon bearer for the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Don Branum)
3/6/2011 7:41:39 AM ET I am glad to hear that it has been reinstated and I think that more of these activities among airmen in general would be valuable in affirming that while we have different roles from our fellow troops, I refuse to adopt the current parlance of members as whenever Congress is told how many troops America has in theatre airmen are included in the count. We are nonetheless part of the U.S. military and not some sort of uniformed flying club.