About Jim Verchio

Jim Verchio is a staff writer for John Q. Public. As a retired Air Force Public Affairs craftsman, Jim has served at all levels. From staff writer to Editor-In-Chief, he has more than 30 years experience covering military topics in print and broadcast from the CONUS to Afghanistan. He is also a two time recipient of the DoD’s prestigious Thomas Jefferson Award for journalism excellence.

Family of Spec Ops Airman, who killed commander, alleges a USAF cover-up

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 93d Air Ground Operations Wing perform pushups as a tribute to fallen Terminal Air Control Party Airmen, April 15, 2016, at Avon Park Air Force Range, Fla. The Airmen gathered to pay tribute to Lt. Col William Schroeder, who served alongside many members of the 93d AGOW. (U.S. [...]

By | January 16th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power, Military Families|6 Comments

Air Force announces basing decisions for newest weapons systems

An F-16 Fighting Falcon from Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., taxis Oct. 5, 2016 at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas. Twelve aircraft relocated here due to Hurricane Matthew's anticipated landfall. The base serves as a safe haven for military aircraft that are in the path of the hurricane. (U.S. Air [...]

By | January 13th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power, National Defense|5 Comments

USAF, Secretary of Defense give final farewell to Deborah James

In an Air Force Farewell Ceremony today at Joint Base Andrews, outgoing Secretary Deborah Lee James said it was an honor to serve as the service’s secretary the past three years. The 23rd Secretary of the Air Force, and only the second woman to serve in the post since Sheila Windall (1993-1997), James was appointed [...]

By | January 11th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power, Leadership and Managing|8 Comments

Air Force’s future must be defined to remain relevant, effective

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James coins members of Team Whiteman who helped organize her visit to Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Nov. 9, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Danielle Quilla) With curtain call fast approaching for the Obama administration and Secretary James’ tenure coming to a fast [...]

By | January 9th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power, Leadership and Managing|0 Comments

Air Force Academy cadet, retired USAF pilot father killed in midair collision

An Air Force Academy cadet and his father died New Year’s Eve when their aircraft collided with another small aircraft 35 miles north of Dallas near the Aero County Airport. Cadet 4th Class Timothy Barber was on Christmas break from the academy when the collision happened. His father, retired Lt. Col. Greg Barber, who served [...]

By | January 3rd, 2017|Air Force / Air Power, Veterans|1 Comment

New Year brings changes to Air Force personnel performance appraisals

Ben Crosby, 39th Contracting Squadron performance management flight chief, stands in front of the 39th CONS building June 8, 2016, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Crosby was selected as the 2016 Air Force Association Air Force Civilian of the Year, Civilian Program Manager Category. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Devin M. [...]

By | December 30th, 2016|Air Force / Air Power, Leadership and Managing|2 Comments

Mother suing Air Force for wrongful death after her son was shot at base gate

Left: 21-year-old Zachari Johnson was shot and killed after he entered a US Air Force base illegally in 2012. Right: U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Keith Thompson, 55th Security Forces Squadron, checks Identification at the Strategic Command Gate on Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., March 5, 2013. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Josh [...]

By | December 28th, 2016|Air Force / Air Power|22 Comments
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