• 43rd FTS pilot invests in fur-baby futures

    43rd Flying Training Squadron pilot invests time, money, personal airplane to help transport shelter animals to their forever homes.
  • Reserve Citizen Airmen chat & chew with TV celebs

    Two Reserve Citizen Airmen and their children were recently featured guests on ABC’s The Chew during an episode designed to honor military members and veterans, and to kick off the annual U.S. Navy’s Fleet Week in New York City. Recommended for the program by the Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs’ New York office, the family traveled from
  • SPOTLIGHT: Master Sgt. Kourtney Willich

    WHERE ARE YOU ORIGINALLY FROM? Southern California HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE AIR FORCE?  12 years HOW MUCH OF THAT TIME IS RESERVE? WHAT IS YOUR STATUS (AGR, TR, ART)? I worked for the active duty for 8 of the 12 years as a straight civilian and a TR. I’ve been an ART. I am now an AGR. WHAT IS YOUR DUTY TITLE? I am a personnelist. My current
  • 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,