Browsing: Offbeat

Last year, Flightlines wrote about military “Bronies” – guys who are really into “My Little Pony – some of whom like to wear “Pony” patches on their military uniforms. To be clear, Bronies do not advocate wearing “My Little Pony” regalia on military uniforms, but one class of airmen learning how to fly incorporated the Brony ethos into its temporary class patch. The website “Equestria Nightly” first reported about the patch, which includes the words “My Little Pilot.” Like all class patches, the Brony patch for Class 14-05, which is training at Vance Air Force Base, Okla., is unofficial and…

Men know that if you can’t fix it with duct tape, you’re not using enough. The Air Force seems to have embraced this ethos by testing to see whether polyurethane protective tape – which is like duct tape on steroids – can be used to protect C-130 landing gear. When C-130s land on rough strips, rocks kicked up damage the landing gear, an Air Force news story says. The main landing gear struts, which cost $100,000 each, require two people and at least eight hours to replace when they wear out. So the 302nd Maintenance Group at Peterson Air Force…

Twice in 2012, Jonathan Davis, lead singer for the band Korn, visited with U.S. troops and wounded warriors in Germany due to the efforts of Master Sgt. Jocelin Borisow. During Davis’ second trip in August, Borisow served as producer of a short film showing Davis meeting with troops recovering from their wounds at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. “I really wanted to do something special for these heroes  who come back injured out of combat,” Borisow told Air Force Times. “I go out and get the word out about these programs, like the Wounded Warriors Project and the USO. I had…

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Twice in 2012, Jonathan Davis, lead singer for the band Korn, visited with U.S. troops and wounded warriors in Germany due to the efforts of Master Sgt. Jocelin Borisow. During Davis’ second trip in August, Borisow served as producer of a short film showing Davis meeting with troops recovering from their wounds at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. “I really wanted to do something special for these heroes  who come back injured out of combat,” Borisow told Air Force Times. “I go out and get the word out about these programs, like the Wounded Warriors Project and the USO. I had…

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“Brian,” an airman stationed in New Mexico, called in to the Drex & Maney show on Charlotte’s Kiss 95.1 FM and surprised his girlfriend with a proposal. And there was a special guest on the line: Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton. Brian told the hosts that he was returning to Charlotte in a couple months with a ring, but wanted to surprise his girlfriend, Kim, on the radio. Take a listen.

Retired Col. Steve Asher has had a few interesting years on his résumé. Asher was recently named head of nuclear security for the National Nuclear Security Administration after dozens of years in the Air Force, with a brief detour into big box stores. Asher retired in 2008 as a colonel and commander of the 341st Security Forces Group at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., according to Mother Jones. He served 33 years in the Air Force, including 10 as a nuclear security expert with the Air Force Office of the Inspector General, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel. While at…

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