Training

Training schools, excercises and efforts in the U.S. Air Force

  • In Perpetual Mission

    Retired Master Sgt. Dan Holmes is a man in perpetual motion. When his hands are not actively building or repairing something, the gears in his head are churning – formulating a workaround or a new piece of art. It has been decades since he has had clean fingernails or a decent night’s sleep. “I have […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses July 24, 2018
  • Stop the bleed, save a life

    When Master Sgt. Nancy Turner drops her 9 year old son off at school, she worries. Not about his grades, or if he finished his homework, or if he’ll eat a good lunch. Instead, she worries he might be involved in an active shooter incident or some other form of mass casualty event. So, she […]

    Master Sgt. Matthew Bates No responses July 2, 2018
  • Staying on Track

    Dr. John Paul Stapp earned the title “the fastest man on Earth” when he rode the Sonic Wind I rocket-propelled sled at the Holloman High Speed Test Track at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, on December 10, 1954, to a land speed record of 632 mph in five seconds. He sustained the greatest recorded […]

    Master Sgt. Brian Ferguson No responses May 31, 2018
  • Byte-size Learning

    Since before cyber was even called cyber, the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio has been the center of gravity for research and education about warfare within the digital realm. Ironically, that education in operating on the digital battlefield has largely been administered within a brick and mortar schoolhouse. […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses May 8, 2018
  • No detail too small

    You’re sitting in a pizzeria enjoying a slice with aromas of melting mozzarella cheese, fresh basil and pizza dough baking in the wood-fired oven filling the air. Then, the sound of tires skidding to a halt outside is quickly followed by two men barging through the front door, firing a pistol into the ceiling and […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses April 9, 2018
  • Care in the Air

    See more Care in the Air photos on Flickr At 1420, Jan 29, 2018, the situation aboard a C-130H, configured for Aeromedical Evacuation and cruising at 20,000 feet was uneventful. The two teams, each comprised of two flight nurses and three technicians, attended to their six patients varying needs in the dim green glow of […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses March 2, 2018
  • Initial Defense

    See more Initial Defense photos on Flickr In an austere location on the other side of globe, unrest breaks out between rival factions and the situation quickly becomes hostile. The U.S. Air Force and its Global Response Force squadrons are called into action. In less than 96 hours, more than 40 uniquely trained Airmen parachute […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses February 26, 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
  • 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
  • Orbital Airmen

    See more “Orbital Airmen” photos on Flickr On the rare instances when Col. Tyler N. “Nick” Hague returns from a day at the office and walks through the door of his own home, the oldest of his two boys occasionally asks, “Daddy, were you in space today?” Not such a childish question when you consider […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses July 24, 2017