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.

Finally Free: Army helps Air Force extract Humvee stuck in muddy Montana bog

  An Army National Guard Chinook finally removes the stuck Air Force Humvee. Credit: Maj. Christopher Lende. An Air Force security forces Humvee (High Mobility Multipurpose Utility Vehicle) stuck in the mud since early April is now free thanks to the Montana Army National Guard. The Billings Gazette reports a helicopter crew returned [...]

By | April 25th, 2017|General|1 Comment

Air Force lacks resources to retrieve Humvee after a week of being stuck outside nuclear missile silo

  Despite boasting 37-inch tires, the power to climb a 40 percent grade and the capability to traverse up to 60 inches of water — one Air Force Humvee (High Mobility Multipurpose Utility Vehicle) and its crew are no match for a Montana dirt road. Air Force security forces were patrolling Minuteman III missile sites [...]

By | April 11th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|24 Comments

Colonel cleared of discrimination claims, punished by general two years after case closed

Col. Michael A. Madrid (right) with his lawyer (left). At its core, this story clearly illustrates why it’s imperative the Air Force must remove judicial decisions from the hands of commanders who have no idea what they're doing. In 2014, Col. Michael Madrid began a journey he never planned — a journey to [...]

By | April 4th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power, Leadership and Managing|24 Comments

The 355th Fighter Wing Commander brings charges against former Command Chief

Chief Master Sgt. Jose Barraza In a press release by Air Combat Command, the Air Force outlines why the command chief of the 12th Air Force, also known as Air Forces Southern, at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, was removed from his position in November. AFSOUTH Commander Lt. Gen. Mark Kelly removed Chief [...]

By | March 30th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power, Leadership and Managing|28 Comments

Air Force officer with Top Secret clearance arrested in Florida prostitution sting

An active-duty Air Force captain is one of 104 people taken into custody Saturday in a Polk County prostitution sting targeting human trafficking. Air Force Capt. Dirk Watson, stationed at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, is accused of trying to have sex with a teenage girl and is the only such suspect to be charged [...]

By | March 22nd, 2017|Air Force / Air Power, Military|5 Comments

Openly gay general named as new USAFA commandant, MRFF questions why the USAF has not made public

Maj. Gen. Richard Clark, 8th Air Force commander, Col. Kristin Goodwin, 2BW outgoing commander and Col. Ty Neuman, 2nd Bomb Wing incoming commander, stand at attention at a change of command ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 20, 2016. Photo by Senior Airman Mozer Da Cunha The Air Force Academy superintendent [...]

By | March 21st, 2017|Air Force / Air Power, Leadership and Managing|38 Comments

Lt. Colonel’s unsecured backup drive exposes thousands of US Air Force documents

Security researchers discovered an unsecured hard drive containing sensitive data on the Air Force network, according to reports throughout mainstream media. The device, which purportedly belonged to a Lt. Col, revealed a trove of sensitive documents that included Personnel by Eligibility and Access Reports listing the names, rank and social security numbers for more than [...]

By | March 14th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power, Leadership and Managing|7 Comments
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