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.

$418M Kenyan arms deal bewilders lawmakers, USAF acquisition office accused of corruption

IOMAX USA INC's Archangel aircraft President Trump is spending his first weeks in office scrutinizing several contracts he believes aren’t in the financial best interest of the American taxpayer. However, it’s now being reported the previous administration may not have been acting quite as attentive when it approved a $418 million defense contract [...]

By | February 23rd, 2017|Air Force / Air Power, Government and Society|3 Comments

‘Incoming Missile’ alert message accidentally sent to all airmen at Spangdahlem Air Base

The "incoming missile" message that was posted to Facebook with the addition of an emoji, along with the all clear follow up message that went out to airmen at the Spangdahlem Air Base on Tuesday. Senior leaders in Germany are being forced to take a reactive approach after an ‘incoming missile’ warning was [...]

By | February 17th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|6 Comments

Retired Air Force general lashes out against accuser, brands her a liar

(Department of Defense) Investigation documents show that an Air Force general stripped of two stars and $60 thousand in annual-retirement pay feels his accuser is no more than a liar hell bent on enriching herself. Gen. Arthur Lichte, who had been a four-star officer in charge of Air Force Mobility Command, was demoted in [...]

By | February 15th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power, Leadership and Managing|9 Comments

Police officer, USAF reservist continues training despite sexual battery charges

A Palm Beach County sheriff's deputy accused of sexual battery was in court Tuesday asking the judge to allow him to continue his Air Force Reserve training while awaiting trial for sexual battery. Jason Nebergall was arrested in December on charges of sexual battery for allegedly forcing himself on a woman, records show. During a hearing Tuesday, [...]

By | February 1st, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|3 Comments

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|6 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
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