Author Stephen Losey

Standing desks have been gaining popularity among office workers for some time, so it’s no surprise that the ergonomic trend has reached the Air Force. But when our friends at Military.com yesterday picked up a story from Georgia’s Macon Telegraph newspaper about 30 or so airmen at Robins Air Force Base ditching chairs in favor of standing desks, it immediately reminded us of this Duffel Blog story from three years ago: Tired Of ‘Chair Force’ Nickname, Air Force Colonel Bans Chairs TAMPA, FL — The Commander of the 6th Air Mobility Wing at MacDill Air Force Base announced today that he would no longer allow…

ESPN’s The Basketball Tournament — a single-elimination, winner-take-all contest between 94 teams with a $1 million prize — will start on Friday. And among the players stepping on the court tomorrow will be a team of 10 airmen. The Air Force Bomb Squad, which fell in the first round of the first such tournament last year, is made up of former Air Force Academy Falcons. And this year, the Bomb Squad is touting the addition of point guard Antoine Hood — who Air Force Times profiled this week and has nearly made the NBA several times — as a recruit who “could…

Air Force Sec. Deborah Lee James today delivered a to-the-point message to lawmakers who are considering cutting Basic Allowance for Housing payments for troops who are married to other service members: Hands off. James said in a post on her Facebook page Tuesday morning: I echo the White House and [Defense Department] stance that individuals earn military entitlements based on their service as individuals. Restricting BAH will have a negative impact on the recruitment and retention of high quality service members, and thus we oppose the [fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill] Section 604 language. I am committed to ensuring we maintain the…

UPDATE 6/24: Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody took to Facebook this afternoon to address this draft form, which he said is one of the first mockups created two years ago. “We’re thankful for the comments, feedback and dialogue that’s taken place, but keep in mind…that version is two years old,” Cody wrote. “While some of the elements remain in our most current draft — which AFPC and A1 teams are sharing with Airmen during the in-person roadshow briefs — much of the form has since changed.” ORIGINAL POST: One of the last remaining components of the…

Dreamworks Pictures today released the first trailer for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film, “Bridge of Spies,” based on the true story of CIA U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers and his 1960 capture by the Soviet Union. In it, Tom Hanks portrays James Donovan, an insurance attorney recruited by the U.S. government to negotiate a spy swap for Powers with the Soviets. If the trailer is any indication, the movie looks like it will have some harrowing scenes behind the Iron Curtain in East Berlin, and the images of the shooting down of Powers look gripping. “Bridge of Spies” also co-stars Amy Ryan as Donovan’s…

The Air Force Academy is “in very preliminary discussions” with television host Ellen DeGeneres’ producers to do a show focusing on the academy, and possibly its first female superintendent. Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson started the discussion on Feb. 18, when she tweeted an invitation to Colorado Springs — including an offer for a ride with the Thunderbirds — to three producers of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin and Andy Lassner: https://twitter.com/USAFA_Supt/status/568131199450812416 In a Monday email, academy spokesman Meade Warthen said “we’re in very preliminary discussions” on a possible DeGeneres show, but that there were…

The Air Force doesn’t get as much attention on the silver screen as the other military services, but Cameron Crowe — director of “Say Anything,” “Jerry Maguire,” and “Almost Famous” — is about to change that. The first trailer for his new film, “Aloha,” hit the web yesterday. The military-themed romantic comedy is about a washed-up defense contractor, played by Bradley Cooper of “American Sniper,” who travels to Hawaii in an attempt to salvage his career. While there, he reconnects with an old flame, played by Rachel McAdams, while becoming infatuated with an Air Force officer played by Emma Stone. The movie…

Actress Anne Hathaway, who won the 2012 Academy Award for her supporting role in “Les Miserables,” is going to star in an off-Broadway one-woman play about an Air Force fighter pilot who is reassigned to fly a drone. “Grounded,” by George Brant, is about a “swaggering pilot, whose work day involves killing from afar and home life includes a husband longing for her to unwind and a daughter who plays with pink ponies,” as the New York Times described the play last year. A theater magazine called TDF Stages further described the play, which will start April 7 at New York’s…

The Navy and Air Force honored a fallen airmen on Wednesday by officially naming a ship after him. Motor Vessel Capt. David I. Lyon is an Air Force pre-positioning vessel, named for a logistics readiness officer from Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado. Lyon was killed Dec. 27, 2013, when a car bomb struck his convoy in Afghanistan. Lyon graduated from the Air Force Academy — where he met his future wife Dana — in 2008, and even high-fived President George W. Bush as he walked across the stage at the ceremony. He volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan as an…

What’s the one thing you’d like to see at the end of the world? If you answered “a military band,” then CNN’s got you covered. A truly weird relic of CNN’s early days surfaced earlier this week when Jalopnik posted the network’s fabled “Doomsday video.” As founder Ted Turner told the New Yorker back in 1988, the 24-hour CNN would only sign off once, in case of nuclear annihilation or other such apocalypse. So he gathered the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps marching bands for a videotaping at CNN’s old headquarters and had them perform the National Anthem. Turner said…

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