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.

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|31 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|6 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|41 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

$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|13 Comments