• 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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,
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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,
  • 433rd TRS helps remove reading obstacles

    Kudos to the 433rd Training Squadron members who recently created a fun, challenging opportunity for Murnin Elementary School students! Squadron volunteers (left to right) Master Sgt. Hugo Escobedo, Tech. Sgt. Jason Hernandez, 433rd Commander Lt. Col. Christopher Victoria, Tech. Sgt. Christina Rapolla and Master Sgt. Rosalind Rider-Page put 150
  • 43rd FTS instructor pilot dedicates 20 plus years of training to CAFB

    The 43rd Flying Training Squadron started over 20 years ago as a flight dedicated to the pilot training mission here; within one year, the unit grew to a squadron with more than 100 positions total, attached to each of the five active-duty flying squadrons.
  • Duckworth assumes command of 340th FTG

    Duckworth assumes command of 340th FTG