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Cadet 2nd Class Joseph Mull celebrates his solo flight in the T-53A - celebrating with him and capturing the moment was his cadet sponsor Maj. Sean O’Malley, 70th Flying Training Group, and 557th Flying Training Squadron Chief of Pilot Instructor Training. (U.S. Air Force photos courtesy of the O’Malley family). Offering cadets a home away from home
Many young people heading for college experience a little trepidation at the thought of being far from family, friends and all that’s familiar. For U.S. Air Force Academy cadets, that trepidation is tripled by the significance of the life they’ve chosen and the education - beyond the academics - that they undergo. A cadet sponsor program exists,
0 5/22
2018
Maj Matt Bar teaching the new innovation 5th Generation Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals syllabus to Lt. Col. Kyle Goldstein. (U.S. Air Force photo by Janis El Shabazz) 39th FTS Cobras take over San Antonio sky
Reserve Citizen Airmen took command of San Antonio military airspace May 3 during an annual training and readiness exercise here called “Cobras in the Clouds.” During the exercise, 39th Flying Training Squadron Cobras assumed control of every training flight, operations desk, supervisor position and flight control tower. The annual exercise enables
0 5/17
2018
Master Sgt. Randy Alvis works with his son Landon on batting skills during youth baseball practice. Volunteers are the heart of youth sports, Alvis believes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea) Batter up! Reserve Citizen Airmen trains future leaders on the field and court
Parents could spend a small fortune on developmental guides, gurus and trainers to help prepare their children for the future, or they could follow Master Sgt. Randy Alvis’ lead and set their kids up for success for the affordable price of a pair of basketball shoes or a baseball glove. Alvis, 340th Flying Training Group noncommissioned officer in
0 5/15
2018
Air Force leaders announced the service will move to a single combat utility uniform, adopting the Operational Camouflage Pattern, or OCP, already in use by the Army and Airmen in combat zones and in certain jobs across the Air Force. Air Force transitions to a single combat uniform
Air Force leaders announced May 14 the service will move to a single combat utility uniform, adopting the Operational Camouflage Pattern, or OCP, already in use by the Army and Airmen in combat zones and in certain jobs across the Air Force.
0 5/14
2018
Tech. Sgt. Christina Rapolla, 433rd Training Squadron and JBSA-Lackland Warhawks women’s softball team member, warms up before a game. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea) Living the dream, playing it forward
Tech. Sgt. Christina Rapolla is living the dream.  Assigned to the 433rd Training Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, the basic military training facilitator is doing work she loves (so much so that she paid her own permanent change of station costs, including the cost of moving her family, from Guam to San Antonio), playing a sport she
0 5/08
2018
Lt. Col. Thomas Lessner and a co-instructor teach body flow (a hybrid of tai chi, pilates and yoga) during the recent City of Schertz “Movin’ on Main” community health event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea) We get stronger together
Incorporating a challenging, comprehensive physical fitness routine into your daily life is not unusual. Believing that achieving your health and fitness goals hinges upon your ability and willingness to help others get fit is unusual.   Lt. Col. Thomas Lessner, 39th Flying Training Squadron assistant director of operations, has combined a
0 5/01
2018
Col. Janette Thode, 340th Flying Training Group deputy commander, presents the 43rd Flying Training Squadron guidon to new squadron commander Lt. Col. Tom McElhinney during the April 27 change of command ceremony at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo courtesy of Columbus AFB) McElhinney assumes command of 43rd FTS
Lt. Col. Tom McElhinney assumed command of the 43rd Flying Training Squadron, Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi during ceremonies conducted April 27.A command pilot with more than 5,800 flying hours in the T-34, T-38A/B/C, F-16C/D, B737, B757, B767, McElhinney is responsible for all aspects of the squadron including flying training, hiring,
0 4/30
2018
Executive officers from across the 22nd Air Force pose for a photo during the 22nd AF Executive Officer Development Workshop in Colorado Springs, Colorado, April 11, 2018. The workshop, hosted by the 302nd Airlift Wing and the 340th Flying Training Group, was the first of its kind offered across the 22nd Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Frank Casciotta) Wing execs host NAF-wide workshop
The 302nd Airlift Wing and 340th Flying Training Group hosted the first-ever 22nd Air Force Executive Officer Development Workshop in Colorado Springs, Colorado, April 10 through 12.“We, as executive officers, provide a wide range of support functions to our commanders,” said Maj. Stefanie Purdie, the 302nd Airlift Wing executive officer and
0 4/27
2018
Chief Gomez retires 433rd chief retires after 29 years of service
433rd superintendent retires after 29 years of military service, 18 of which were in the basic military training environment
0 4/23
2018
Lt. Col. Steve Cochran pours out a delicious buffet! (U.S. Air Force photos courtesy of the 43rd FTS) For critters’ sake!
There’s nothing like a crawdad boil for livening up a weekend, but the fixins taste extra special when proceeds support a good cause. Lt. Col. Steve Cochran, 43rd Flying Training Squadron T-1 instructor pilot, hosts an annual crawfish boil to boost squadron morale and raise money for the Lowndes County Humane Society. The big feed grows every year,
0 4/19
2018
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