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.

USAF Secretary says the force is stretched too thin, she’s looking for new ways to do business

For anyone watching the 24-hour news cycle, it’s clear to see the geopolitical landscape can change in seconds — or in 140 characters. To address threats to America and its allies, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson says it’s time to change the way the Air Force is doing business. “The United States Air Force is [...]

By | August 10th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power, Leadership and Managing|1 Comment

Air Force’s new annual Mental Health Assessment centers on trusted care, full spectrum medical readiness

Senior Airman Augustine Thompson-Brown is a 35th Medical Operations Squadron mental health technician at Misawa Air Base, Japan. Thompson-Brown spent most of her life homeless before joining the Air Force and shares her story to inspire others to conquer their own difficulties. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jordyn Fetter) The Air Force [...]

By | July 31st, 2017|Military, Reform|10 Comments

Air Force TACP Specialist exemplifies ‘Service Before Self,’ receives ESPY

“I will stay strong for the ones who can not, I will fight for the ones who can not fight, I will never F ##### quit on you, and I WILL finish strong!” These are the words of American Badass, Air Force Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro as he humbly accepted one of sport’s most [...]

By | July 13th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power, Leadership and Managing|15 Comments

Suspect connected to Air Force recruiting center bombing now in police custody

  Benjamin Roden, 29, of Tulsa, has been identified as the person of interest arrested in the bombing of an Air Force recruiting center in Bixby, Oklahoma. The FBI's Oklahoma City field office says it’s taken a person of interest into custody in connection to the pipe-bomb explosion that rocked a U.S. Air [...]

By | July 12th, 2017|General|2 Comments

Ret. USAF A-10 pilot receiving Silver Star for saving US ground soldiers in Iraq

Lt. Col. Gregory D. Thornton A retired Lt. Col. is adding a Silver Star to his shadow box after Air Force officials decided to upgrade his Distinguished Flying Cross for events surrounding a 2003 A-10 mission in Iraq. Then Capt. Gregory Thornton was flying a support mission in the skies above Iraq catching [...]

By | June 30th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power, Veterans|6 Comments

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|2 Comments

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