People

Interviews and features about the people who make up the U.S. Air Force

  • Meet Under Secretary of the Air Force Matthew Donovan

    Story by Staff Sgt. Jannelle McRae | Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs WASHINGTON — If you ask a service member when they knew they would join the Armed Forces, many can recall the exact moment they knew they were going to serve. For Under Secretary of the Air Force Matthew Donovan that moment […]

    Airman Magazine No responses January 12, 2018
  • Firing up the Force

    Sitting in his office at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Master Sgt. Christopher Dooley’s ears perk up, his heart pounds faster and the adrenalin begins to rush as a fire truck races across the academy’s grounds, its sirens and horns filling his office with a familiar echo. A 17-year firefighter, Dooley’s […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses November 24, 2017
  • Formation of Friendship

    In the summer of 2008, on a lush grass field in Bealeton, Virginia, Sue Tucker Brander approached the blue and yellow plane of her new friend, civilian pilot and Air Force Reservist David Brown. In her hand was a framed black and white photograph. The photo showed a young man wearing a leather helmet and […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses November 20, 2017
  • Bombs Away

    Sitting in his favorite chair at home in Edgewater, Maryland, only a shadow box of medals and patches on the wall offer a glimpse into Staff Sgt. Louis R. Perrone’s eventful past. At 19, he went to war, and now at 94, he’s the only living member of his 10-man bomber crew who flew missions […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses November 6, 2017
  • Pocketsize Multiplier

    See more ‘Pocketsize Multiplier’ photos on Flickr Tech. Sgt. Jesse Sosa hits the mat with a loud thud as he demonstrates a proper fall technique to a group of four Ravens of the 811th Security Force Squadron at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Dressed in a gi with a purple belt, the flight crew chief with […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses October 25, 2017
  • Providing Reinforcement

    See more ‘Providing Reinforcement’ photos on Flickr More than 1500 service members have lost limbs in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. For those faced with this traumatic injury, the Department of Defense medical system has adapted in the last 20 years to speed up the recovery process and improve prosthetics. “Our patients […]

    Master Sgt. Brian Ferguson No responses October 20, 2017
  • A View from the Pacific

    See more PACAF photos on Flickr We interviewed Gen. Terrence John O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces Commander and Air Component Commander for PACOM, on Sept. 15, 2017, one day after North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan. Airman Magazine: You’ve spent a lot of time at PACAF, from what I can tell. How has that […]

    Airman Magazine No responses October 3, 2017
  • AFOTEC Approved

    See more “AFOTEC Approved” photos on Flickr Airman Magazine: Sir, could you describe the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center mission? Maj. Gen. Molloy: The mission of AFOTEC is both clear and compelling. We test emerging capabilities in operationally relevant environments to inform both the warfighter, as well as national resource decision-making. We’re very […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses August 25, 2017
  • No English, No Problem

    “Dino” Dannawi was only 4 or 5 years old when his father took him to the theater to see Tarzan. “My father loved movies. I was just excited to be along for the ride,” he said. But that experience changed Dannawi. “Every time I think about it, I get emotional,” said Dannawi. “It wasn’t the […]

    Master Sgt. Brian Ferguson No responses June 19, 2017
  • The First Interview

    WASHINGTON – In some ways, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson believes her entire life was a diversion from its planned course. As a young girl in Keene, New Hampshire, Wilson dreamed of becoming a pilot. With a grandfather who flew in both World Wars, and a father who began flying at the age […]

    Airman Magazine No responses June 2, 2017