Author Stephen Losey

The Air Force on Sept. 2 honored 39 security forces airmen with the Air Force Combat Action Medal for helping fight off a pre-dawn Taliban attack on three bases. According to an Air Force release, the five-hour-plus battle began when Taliban-linked insurgents opened fire on the Afghan air force’s Kabul Air Wing, the U.S.-run Forward Operating Base Oqab, and a NATO base within the grounds of Kabul International Airport at about 4:15 a.m. on July 17. The attackers began by firing more than a dozen rocket-propelled grenades and automatic rifles from a multistoried building about 350 meters from the bases’ perimeter.…

OK, some of these guys at Kadena Air Base in Japan are having a lot more fun than they probably should be. Back in May, Kadena airmen weighed in on whether the Air Force would be able to take down Godzilla in a head-to-head matchup. And on July 31, Kadena posted its latest episode of “The Show,” a goofy video series from the 18th Wing’s public affairs shop that tries to inform airmen there about what’s going on. It seems a few airmen there aren’t getting the picture that when a typhoon warning sounds, you DON’T GO OUTSIDE. In an…

On Monday morning, 1,160 basic cadets making up the US Air Force Academy’s Class of 2018 will assemble in the cadet area on-campus, and begin marching several miles to the most challenging part of their basic training: Jacks Valley. They’ll spend the next 11 days living in a tent city, running assault and obstacle courses, learning first aid, drilling with weapons, and learning leadership skills. And Air Force Times is going to be there. This weekend, photographer Mike Morones and I will fly out to Colorado Springs. We’ll be there for the march and the first few days of their…

The next generation of Air Force officers has just begun one of the toughest challenges of their lives. About 1,200 basic cadets — the Air Force Academy’s class of 2018 — arrived on June 26 for inprocessing, and the first phase of basic training. Basic training includes marching drills, inspections, weapons training, learning about the Uniform Code of Military Justice, first aid, honor and ethics lessons, and an introduction to the Air Force’s core values. Training also includes strenuous physical conditioning, such as Basic Cadet Cody Robinson’s first pushups in basic training, seen at right, under the close eye of…

The Air Force — as well as the rest of the military — has seen some considerable changes since Don’t Ask Don’t Tell ended in 2011 and gay and lesbian service members began serving openly. Same-sex spouses of gay and lesbian service members are joining officers’ spouses clubs and receiving join spouse assignments, benefits and identification cards. A couple of service members — gay, lesbian, and straight — put on a drag show at Kadena Air Base in Japan back in March, according to Stars and Stripes. And for the first time, a military color guard team marched in Washington’s gay pride parade on…

By 2016, some of the Air Force’s most historic aircraft could have a new home. The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio on Tuesday broke ground on its fourth building, the Air Force said this morning. The expansion, which is expected to cost $35.4 million and is scheduled to open to the public in 2016, will be the new home for aircraft from the Presidential, Research and Development and Global Reach collection, and will have a new and expanded Space Gallery. The museum’s new 224,000-square foot building will include some really cool aircraft, including: SAM 26000, the…

Earlier this week, Military Times published “Arlington at 150: Celebrating America’s Heroes,” a multimedia feature on Arlington National Cemetery. In honor of Arlington’s anniversary and Memorial Day, I thought I’d reprint a column I wrote, “Surrounded by heroes,” originally published in the Dec. 8, 2008 issue of Air Force Times and the other Military Times papers. On the cold, rainy morning of Nov. 13, a team of eight airmen stood at attention in Section 59 of Arlington National Cemetery. At their leader’s command, the pallbearers faced left, snapped their heels together, took a few steps in place, and then marched…

By now, you’ve probably gone out and seen the smash hit remake of Godzilla, featuring not one, not two, but three authentic Navy aircraft carriers. But we know what you’re thinking: How would the Air Force do against the King of the Monsters? Fortunately, the good people at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space magazine took a trip to Kadena Air Base in Japan to put the question to members of the 18th Wing. The video below contains the Air Force’s strategy for fighting off a 350-foot kaiju with F-15s, Super Cobra attack helicopters, Segways and slingshots, and it’s pretty classic. 18th…

What are some of the best and worse bases in the Air Force? We’d like to hear your thoughts on which are the dream postings, and which are to be avoided at all costs. You can either sound off below, or send me an email at slosey@airforcetimes.com. Feel free to say what makes you feel this way. Does the base offer plenty of solid amenities? Are the county schools in the area lacking? Is the area clean, and the climate nice? Does the cost-of-living make it tough to stretch a buck? And as always, if you’d like to talk anonymously,…

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody said yesterday that the upcoming Airman Comprehensive Assessment will be thorough and time-consuming, but will ultimately be worth it. “As the name implies, it’s comprehensive,” Cody said in his March 31 Roll Call message. “It will take time, but it will be time well spent.” The revised feedback form — which will be the first piece of a major overhaul of enlisted airmen’s evaluations — is still a few months away from being released, Cody said. It will include a self-assessment, a detailed performance evaluation, and questions for airmen and supervisors…

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