• 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,
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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,