Author Markeshia Ricks

It’s that time of the year again when airmen of every age and rank trade in the their regulation clean shave and allow their facial hair to bloom like the first flower buds of spring in honor of triple ace Brig. Gen. Robin Olds. Olds was famous for his skills as a decorated fighter pilot and for the signature handlebar mustache he grew while serving in Vietnam. But if you’re really serious about your  stache and feeling competitive check out the Mustache March website here and follow this manifesto to ensure that your facial follicles are bragging-rights worthy.

Senior Airmen Kent Brinson and Adam Hassan are on the hunt to add some Olympic gold to the gold and silver hardware they earned at the Armed Forces Boxing Championships this year. Heavyweight fighter Brinson and super lightweight fighter Hassan are members of the Air Force Boxing Team that took home three medals — two gold, one silver — during this year’s championships at Camp Pendleton, Calif., according to a press release. Air Force Reservist Kenneth DeJesus-Cruz, who is based at Ramey Air Force Base, Puerto Rico,  brought home the other gold medal, according to the press release. The men were…

New basic military training housing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland is on pace to be ready some time late this  summer, according to a press release from the base. The $900 million dollar project has been under construction since 2009, but it looks like it’s going to be worth the wait. The Air Force is constructing  four airmen training complexes and two dinning/classroom facilities to  replace eight housing and training buildings built in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The old basic training facilities apparently were scattered around Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, but the new facilities will consolidate BMT into…

U.S. Air Force Graphic Courtesy Sylvia Saab Black history month starts today and the Air Force wants you to know some of the African-American men and women who helped make aviation and the Air Force what it is today. The Air Force will profile a different African-American man or woman each day in aviation or Air Force history during the month of February, according to a press release. The series, which the service is using to help mark Black history month, will start with Bessie Coleman, who at the beginning of the 20th century was forced to leave the U.S.…

Air Force Academy cadets managed to bounce their way to a Guinness World Record on May 18 by holding the world’s largest dodgeball game ever played, featuring 3,612 participants. But blink and you might have missed their place in history. By the time the cadets received confirmation that they had successfully broken the record set at the Rochester Institute of Technology (the 2,136-player game at RIT is still listed as the record-holder here), another school had already set a new mark. In September,  4,488 students at the University of California-Irvine participated in a dodgeball game, breaking the cadets’ record.

Lt. Col. Rodney Lewis is one of four military members in the 15-member 2011-2012 class of White House Fellows. Lewis, who previously commanded the 4th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., is a C-17A pilot who was directly responsible for the Defense Department’s only Prime Nuclear Airlift Force, which handles sensitive cargo and provides tactical C-17A crews that airdrop combat troops and supplies anywhere in the world. Prior to his command position, he was assigned to the office of Legislative Liaison, Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C., where he served as the executive to the senior general officer,…

If you’ve got running a race on the top of your list of New Year’s resolutions for 2012, you might consider running the 16th Air Force Marathon. Registration opens at midnight Jan. 1 and to sweeten the incentive to sign up, race organizers are again offering a one-day-only special price for the race extravaganza that routinely sells out.  On New Year’s Day, the full marathon will be $75 and the half marathon will be $60. The 10K will be $35 and the 5K will be $20. “We’ve offered special pricing on January 1st for the last few years and it…

Air Force Academy Superintendent Mike Gould will become the 234th person inducted into the Order of the Sword. The enlisted corps of the academy invited Gould, who has served as superintendent since June 2009, to join the order during a Dec. 13 ceremony, according to academy public affairs. The award was established by Military Airlift Command’s enlisted corps in 1967 and is presented to individuals whom the noncommissioned corps chooses to honor.  It also is the highest recognition enlisted airmen can bestow upon a senior leader, according to the academy. Gould is scheduled to be inducted March 19.

There’s an Air Force Academy team that will be stealing the spotlight at three college football bowl games, but the team won’t be showing off its skills on the gridiron. These cadets will be stealing the show from the sky. The gold-medal-winning Air Force Academy’s Wings of Blue parachuting team will be jumping into the Military Bowl on Dec. 28, the Insight Bowl on Dec. 30 and the Orange Bowl on Jan. 4, according to information provided by Air Force Academy Public Affairs. A team of cadets recently won a gold medal for their freefall acrobatic skills at the U.S.…

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