People

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

  • Faces on The Hill

    In one wing, there are 435. On the other, there are 100. Luckily, this isn’t referring to a severe weight imbalance detrimental to an aircraft’s flight. These are the number of appointed individuals responsible for making the nation’s laws on Capitol Hill and the people who some Air Force legislative liaisons and fellows engage with […]

    Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos No responses August 12, 2019
  • Building A Power Base

    John W. Henderson, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy, is responsible for the formulation, review and execution of plans, policies, programs and budgets to meet Air Force installations, energy, environment, safety and occupational health objectives. Henderson was commissioned in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in May 1994, upon graduation […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses August 5, 2019
  • Gateway To Readiness

    Story by Dan Hawkins, Air Education and Training Command Public Affairs After listening to feedback from the field, a few changes to the Air Force Basic Military Training curriculum will transform trainees into more combat-ready Airmen. See more BMT photos on Flickr The changes, which began Sept. 4, 2018, are entirely focused on readiness and lethality, […]

    Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos No responses July 22, 2019
  • Civil Air Patrol Podcast

    At Altitude podcast of interview with Maj. Gen. Mark E. Smith, the Civil Air Patrol’s 24th national commander. Smith leads CAP’s more than 60,000 members across the United States in fulfilling the U.S. Air Force auxiliary’s Congressionally chartered missions of emergency services, cadet programs and aerospace education, in addition to the organization’s steadily increasing role […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses June 24, 2019
  • The Wright Stuff

    By Charles Pope, Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Long before his star turn as the Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force and “enlisted Jesus,” Kaleth O. Wright found himself back home in Columbus, Ga., mired in doubt and failure. He had bombed out of college in less than a year. He had […]

    Airman Magazine No responses June 7, 2019
  • SecAF Heather Wilson

    Tech. Sgt. Alyssa C. Gibson Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Heather Wilson swore in as the 24th Secretary of the Air Force in May 2017 with a clear-eyed view on the task at hand. “When Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis asked me to serve as the Secretary of the Air Force I said, […]

    Airman Magazine No responses May 30, 2019
  • Podcast – Dr. Will Roper

    The inaugural Airman Podcast for the At Altitude channel features a conversation with Dr. Will Roper, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. As the Air Force’s Service Acquisition Executive, Dr. Roper is responsible for and oversees Air Force research, development and acquisition activities totaling an annual budget in excess […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses May 7, 2019
  • Character Takes Flight

    In his book, “The Spirit of St. Louis,” Charles Lindbergh admits that he wasn’t completely sold on the idea when contemplating his first parachute attempt, “The thought of crawling out onto the struts and wires hundreds of feet above the earth, and then giving up even that tenuous hold of safety and of substance, left […]

    Andrew Arthur Breese No responses April 24, 2019
  • Talent and Total Force

    Airman Magazine: Can you recall a specific time when you failed or took a calculated risk which ultimately propelled you forward, either personally or on a specific mission? Brig. Gen. Leavitt: When I graduated from pilot training, the law had changed to allow women in combat, but the Department of Defense policy did not allow women […]

    Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos No responses April 15, 2019
  • Open Code

    Capt. Michael J. Kanaan, Air Force Artificial Intelligence co-chair, believes the Air Force needs more computer language experts in order to maintain dominance. Kanaan said the languages of artificial intelligence algorithms can, and should, be taught to Airmen as a mission-critical skill, just like Mandarin, Spanish or Arabic. “The languages of computers themselves are as […]

    Andrew Arthur Breese No responses March 11, 2019