Ret. USAF A-10 pilot receiving Silver Star for saving US ground soldiers in Iraq

Lt. Col. Gregory D. Thornton A retired Lt. Col. is adding a Silver Star to his shadow box after Air Force officials decided to upgrade his Distinguished Flying Cross for events surrounding a 2003 A-10 mission in Iraq. Then Capt. Gregory Thornton was flying a support mission in the skies above Iraq catching [...]

By | June 30th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power, Veterans|6 Comments

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

Veterans unable to sign up for Veterans Affairs Burn Pit Registry

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry in June 2014 to better understand the long-term health effects of service members’ exposure to burn pits and other airborne hazards during deployment. The use of burn pits is a common waste-disposal practice at military locations outside the United States [...]

By | March 16th, 2017|General, Military, Veterans|12 Comments

Unlawful DLI Order Attempts to Abridge Servicemember Liberty

George Orwell famously said "[if] liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." Apparently, US Army Colonel Phillip J. Deppert and those helping him run the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center believe it means nothing at all. In an email sent earlier this [...]

A Soldier’s Story of Survival after Being Falsely Accused of Sexual Assault in the U.S. Army

PFC Thomas Chestnut My name is Thomas Chestnut, I am 28 years old. About four years ago (2012) I joined the army to become a medic. I wanted to save lives and help others. Unknown to me, during this time the Army had started a politically motivated “war” against men, supposedly to stop [...]

By | January 26th, 2017|General, Military, National Defense, Organizations, Reform, Veterans|6 Comments

Air Force to Fix Crippling Manpower Shortage by Adding 4,000 New Recruits

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein says the service is 30,000 airmen short of what it needs to meet requirements. We know this is an understatement because his recently retired predecessor -- now a board member at Northrop-Grumman -- admitted the shortage was at least 15% across the board, or 48,000 airmen. Luckily, help [...]