• The Flying First The young pilot struggled against dust and wind that swirled 10,000 feet above valleys sandwiched between Mexico’s Sierra Madre mountains. He had only a rudimentary pair of plain glass goggles to protect his face. Yet he was determined to find the trail of the rebel bandit Pancho Villa who had recently led a raid into […] Airman Magazine No responses September 14, 2018
  • Sweet Taste of Freedom Seventy years ago, with Adolf Hitler’s crumbled Third Reich still fresh in their memories and Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union having a choke hold on their future, Berlin’s children were starving. With the Nazi surrender in 1945, the Allies divided the defeated Germany. The French, British and Americans took the western half of the nation spreading […] Airman Magazine No responses September 10, 2018
  • Everybody’s War As the line between illicit trafficking and terrorism becomes more obscure, the U.S. Air Force supports a joint task force comprised of Department of Defense, federal agencies and partner nation representatives to combat one of the biggest threats to national and regional security. The Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF) South, located in Key West, […] Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos No responses August 28, 2018
  • Squadrons ‘beating heart’ of Air Force In the Air Force, squadrons are the basic level of operations, its “beating heart” as Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David Goldfein calls them. To better understand how significant the squadron is to the Air Force, it’s also important to know what a squadron is. Within the Air Force, the squadron is […] Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos No responses August 20, 2018
  • KC-135 Stratotanker “Nobody kicks ass without tanker gas.” While it may sound cliché, it’s a common motto within the tanker community. For more than 60 years of continuous service, the KC-135 Stratotanker has been the core aerial refueling capability for U.S. operations around the world. The KC-135 provides the Air Force with its primary mission of global […] Bennie J. Davis III No responses August 13, 2018
  • Thawing The Middle Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright spoke directly to senior NCOs and junior officers during the 2018 Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Florida, about the need to free Airmen to innovate by eliminating the “frozen middle.” Quoting Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David Goldfein, Wright said, “The boss […] Airman Magazine No responses August 6, 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
  • Power Conductor Gen. Darren W. McDew is the commander, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. USTRANSCOM is the single manager for global air, land and sea transportation for the Department of Defense. McDew was commissioned in 1982 following his graduation from Virginia Military Institute. He began his flying career at Loring AFB, Maine. His staff […] Airman Magazine No responses June 25, 2018
  • Speed and Fusion On Oct. 14, 1947, then-Capt. Chuck Yeager flew the Bell X-1 rocket plane at Mach 1 and broke the sound barrier. Since then, the Air Force has continually stretched and pushed the limits of speed – finding new ways to make its aircraft fly faster and farther. However, the U.S. is not alone in this […] Bennie J. Davis III No responses June 15, 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