Bennie J. Davis III
  • 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 […] No responses November 24, 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 […] No responses November 6, 2017
  • Airframe: F-22 Raptor See more F-22 photos on Flickr The F-22A Raptor is a fifth-generation fighter incorporating fourth-generation stealth technology, radical maneuvering capabilities, the ability to fly at supersonic speed without afterburners and unprecedented pilot situational awareness, making it the most dominant and advanced air superiority fighter in the world. The Raptor’s sophisticated aerodynamic design, advanced flight controls […] No responses October 5, 2017
  • Care Loop See more “Care Loop” photos on Flickr Scanning the crowd, Tech. Sgt. Mariana Carrano looks at each face intently. She’s standing outside the passenger terminal at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, looking for someone who just arrived on a recent flight. Dozens of uniformed people exit the revolving door and run, walk or collapse into the […] No responses July 31, 2017
  • Airframe: The SR-71 Blackbird See more SR-71 photos on Flickr Following the loss of two U-2 Dragon Lady reconnaissance aircraft over the Soviet Union and Cuba in the early 1960s, President Lyndon Johnson demanded the seemingly impossible — a surveillance aircraft that could not be shot down by Soviet Bloc anti-aircraft missiles or interceptor aircraft. To answer this Cold […] No responses July 10, 2017
  • Guarding the Skies See more “Guarding the Skies” photos on Flickr It’s 7 a.m. and a thick fog envelops Leeuwarden Air Base in the Netherlands. A row of F-15 Eagles and F-16 Fighting Falcons lining the taxiway is barely visible in the mist. Slowly, the dim outlines of maintenance personnel and crew chiefs appear as they push tool […] No responses May 8, 2017
  • Partner Airlift See more “Partner Airlift” photos on Flickr Master Sgt. Brandon Nicely has a unique drive to work. Each morning, driving through the gates of the Hungarian Defense Forces Pápa Air Base, Hungary, he takes a trip back in time. Aging Soviet trucks sit behind faded, mangled fences and fighter aircraft and radar sites, reminders of […] No responses May 2, 2017
  • Insatiable Demand See more “Insatiable Demand” photos on Flickr Staff Sgt. Todd Creamer joined the Air Force to work on aircraft and travel the world. He enlisted with a guaranteed mechanical job hoping to work on fighter jets or, possibly, bombers. While at his 18-day technical training school at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Creamer was given […] No responses April 24, 2017
  • Partners in Sight It’s a humid summer morning in Santiago de Veraguas, Republic of Panama. It’s just 8:00 a.m., but the sun is already blinding. With his daughter, Mariyloy, guiding him, Eduardo Barrera walks into the Centro Hopitalario Luis “Chicho” Fabrega. He’s nervous to hear the results of the cataract surgery performed on his left eye the previous […] No responses March 6, 2017
  • Cadet Falconers Take Flight See more “Cadet Falconers” photos on Flickr With more than 30,000 screaming fans in attendance and all eyes on her, Cadet First Class Jensen Caster walks across the U.S. Air Force Academy’s football field at half time and makes her way to the fifty-yard line. She’s ready for her moment. It’s been three years in […] No responses February 27, 2017