Airman earns all of the top honors at Marine Corps Staff NCO Academy Advanced Course

Master Sgt. Aretha Boston, command staff superintendent of the 11th Medical Group here, poses for a portrait Oct. 24, 2018 on Joint Base Andrews. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Noah Sudolcan) On a muggy summer day in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, a Marine Corps instructor stood on a ledge overlooking a swamp. [...]

Air Force claims increased funding is improving readiness

The sun rises over a KC-135 Stratotanker at MacDill Air Force Base, October 4, 2018. It may seem quiet, but Team MacDill Airmen are behind the scenes preparing for an operational readiness assessment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Courtney Chapa) Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs: "Secretary of the Air [...]

By | October 10th, 2018|Air Force / Air Power, Leadership and Managing|0 Comments

Fired wing commander accepts plea deal for rubbing his genitals on airman

Col. John O. Howard. Air Force photo The US Air Force has reached a plea deal with a former mobility wing commander charged with a slew of crimes, including sexual assault, cruelty and maltreatment. Former 375th Air Mobility Wing commander Colonel John Howard has received non-judicial punishment under the Uniform Code of Military [...]

By | October 2nd, 2018|Air Force / Air Power, Leadership and Managing|0 Comments

Shaw AFB evacuates aircraft, non-mission-essential airmen in preparation for hurricane

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. – Shaw AFB evacuated its F-16 CM Fighting Falcon aircraft today in preparation for Hurricane Florence. The evacuation follows Gov. Henry McMaster’s declaration of a state of emergency. Shaw AFB remains at Hurricane Condition 3 (HURCON 3), which indicates that winds of 58 mph or greater are possible within 48 [...]

By | September 12th, 2018|Air Force / Air Power, Leadership and Managing|0 Comments

USAF looking for ways to retain women, more than 60% leave before ten years

U.S. Air Force Airmen stand at attention during a retreat ceremony Mar. 30, 2018, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. An all-female formation was coordinated in honor of Women’s History Month, which brings attention to the accomplishments and achievements of women throughout history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony) The US [...]

By | April 25th, 2018|Air Force / Air Power, Leadership and Managing|0 Comments

Good Commander, Bad Leadership

I respect Jerry Martinez. When I worked for him a decade ago, I found his orientation as a leader to be spot-on. His concern in all things was taking care of people, enabling them to nail the mission. This view of leadership led to countless solid decisions -- many requiring the moral courage to resist [...]

By | November 25th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power, Leadership and Managing|33 Comments

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