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.

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|6 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, [...]

Squadron Revitalization idea website offers every airman opportunity to be heard

Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein presents his coin to Technical Sgt. Adam Vera, a cyber-operator assigned to the 91st Cyber Operations Squadron during a visit at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas March 3.  (U.S. Air Force photo by MSgt Luke P. Thelen/Released) Through a crowdsourcing initiative, the Air [...]

Air Force colonel arrested in Florida for attempting sex with ‘14-year-old’ boy

  Col. Michael Shawn Garrett Another alleged pedophile is in jail today because of the hard work of the undercover law-enforcement officials in Panama City Beach, Florida. Col. Michael Shawn Garrett from Tyndall Air Force Base was arrested Monday after driving to a predetermined location in which he believed was a 14-year-old boy’s home. [...]