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.

End of an Era: Last remaining B-52 aerial gunner retires after 30 years of service

Chief Master Sgt. Rob Wellbaum, 15th Operations Group superintendent, and his family pose in front of a KC-10 Extender. (Courtesy Photo) Twenty-five years after his first career field was retired, a Chief Master Sgt. at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam said goodbye to the Air Force. Chief Master Sgt. Rob Wellbaum, 15th Operations Group [...]

By | May 15th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power, Veterans|2 Comments

Former Staff Sgt. cops a plea for embezzling $360K at Little Rock AFB

A U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. (not associated with this article), who is NCO in charge of the armory, inventories handheld radios prior to gearing up Airmen Jan. 17, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Harry Brexel) (The airman in the photo above is not associated [...]

By | May 12th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power, Veterans|4 Comments

USAF Academy cadet dies during skydiving accident outside Colorado Springs

(Screenshot of a skydiving video near Colorado Springs, CO) A U.S. Air Force Academy cadet is dead after a commercial skydiving accident Sunday east of Colorado Springs, authorities tell The Denver Post. Shortly before 1 p.m., El Paso County Sheriff’s deputies received a report of a parachuting accident. Although paramedics began live-saving efforts [...]

By | May 8th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|0 Comments

Air Force fielding questions after discharging contaminated wastewater for years

  Col. Douglas Schiess, 21st Space Wing commander, answers questions about wastewater during a press conference at Peterson Fire Station 1, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. (Christian Murdock/The Gazette via AP) The Department of Defense has a huge problem on its hands. Hazardous, wastewater runoff [...]

By | May 1st, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|2 Comments

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|2 Comments

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|25 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