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.

AF colonel arrested for soliciting a minor boy for sex facing federal enticement charge

Col. Michael Shawn Garrett After being arrested by Panama City Beach Police on a charge of soliciting a minor for sex May 15, an Air Force Colonel stationed at Tyndall AFB is now facing a similar charge in federal court. Col. Michael Shawn Garrett is facing a minimum 10-year-prison sentence if he’s convicted. [...]

By | June 27th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|1 Comment

Secretary of USAF not concerned about the U.S. air base in Qatar

The 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, after completing a a six month tour at Al Udeid Air Base in 2015. Pentagon’s top brass says GCC’s severed ties with Qatar will not impact ISIS fight The world learned Monday that several countries have cut ties with Qatar amid allegations [...]

By | June 6th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|1 Comment

Pentagon loophole or policy shift blocking transgender Academy grad’s commission

A transgender Air Force Academy graduate is in limbo awaiting commission, which may never come, because of what the academy calls a gap in Pentagon rules for transgender military recruits. Although the Defense Department began allowing military service by transgender people last year, the change applied to only those currently serving on active duty, not [...]

By | June 2nd, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|5 Comments

F-35 Lightning II gets new program boss after change-of-command in Virginia

  Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan (right) shakes hands with Vice Adm. Mat Winter during a change of command ceremony May 25, 2017, at Conmy Hall on Joint Base Myer, Arlington, Virginia. (DoD photo courtesy of F-35 Lightning II Public Affairs) Vice Adm. Mathias Winter takes over watch as the Program Executive Officer (PEO) [...]

Air Force reservist scheduled to face sentencing for raping unconscious subordinate

        Kyle Jordan A veteran Air Force reservist will learn his fate in federal court today where prosecutors will argue he needs to spend more than seven years in prison for having sex with an unconscious woman he supervised at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The Dayton Daily News reports Kyle [...]

By | May 25th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|2 Comments

Air Force adds ‘sexual misconduct’ to fired former command chief’s charges

The Air Force is adding two, sexual-misconduct charges against Chief Master Sgt. Jose Barraza, the former 12th Air Force command chief master sergeant who was fired as command chief in November under the stereotypical “loss of confidence” justification. The service added two specifications of indecent recording under Article 120c to Barraza’s case, according to a [...]

By | May 23rd, 2017|Leadership and Managing|3 Comments

President Trump nominates Deputy CENTCOM Commander to Academy post

  Maj. Gen. Jay B. Silveria In an Academy news release Wednesday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced President Trump is nominating Maj. Gen. Jay B. Silveria to take over as superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Silveria is currently serving as Deputy Commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command, and Deputy Commander, [...]

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